What we're about

A SALON is a gathering of people under the roof of an encouraging and inspiring host. It’s held partly to increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation and partly to create an environment of support and camaraderie for those who get-together.

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Your host is Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd and the SALONS are held in her home in the southeast Metro Denver area.

Gatherings are monthly, usually the second Saturday with hot coffee and teas welcoming those who come. Each AuthorYOU SALON begins with an answer to a question that has been posted by the participants.

Judith Briles is the author of 37 books, the latest being When God Says NO--Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present. How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech was published in 2019 and How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos in 2017. To round out her publishing books are The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers, Author YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms and Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers. The needs for authors and writers are different at various times, yet the DNA is the same.

Welcome to the AuthorYOU SALONS ...

AuthorYOU SALONS are about how-tos, what-fors and why-not now. Think of it as an experience that is safe for authors at all levels; always sharing usable information and fun.

AuthorYOU SALONS are about the education, mentoring of authors and writers in the fields of writing, authoring and publishing books.

AuthorYOU SALONS are FREE ... you bring a HEALTHY SNACK to share when attending LIVE meetings the second Saturday of the month ... and some NEW SOCKS that are given to those in need.

AuthorYOU SALONS are held normally on the second Saturday of the month.

AuthorYOU SALONS sponsors the annual Author Autumn Tea, a celebration of authors and new books open to the public.

Your answers are in the room. Within the SALON. If you have a specific question about your authoring journey; publishing; social media for marketing, you will find it. Egos are left at the door. Think of the Author YOU SALONS as a mini-mastermind group with laser coaching attached--whatever your question is about authoring, books, publishing, the answer is in the room. You can't beat that!

A gathering spot has been created to schmooze with other authors on a monthly Saturday morning. At the beginning, each person is asked: What do you need to know today to help with your publishing journey? You answer and the agenda is set. We all:

• brainstorm ideas
• get a little feedback (sometimes a lot)
• ask questions about a book in the works or already published
• figure out book marketing
• hang with other authors
• learn the latest in social media strategies
• get feedback on writing or an idea that's percolating
• whatever pops into your mind ...

... it just has to be authoring, writing and/or publishing connected. In other words ... get some help. There is NO set agenda ... what there will be as a stream of ideas and thoughts that will be shared and can be used to enrich your writing, your authoring and your success.

Cost: Free to begin. There's a "donation" jar by the coffee if you are so inclined to support the Meetup Organization annual fees (they run $15 a month). Judith Briles donates her time to you.

Rules: This is a free exchange of ideas and questions--Is there a book in the works? Are you stuck? Curious about the various publishing options? Do you just need to hang and schmooze once in awhile with other authors? Ask your questions ... you'll get answers. And, this is a "pay it forward" group--we help each other along this path. If you sign up and have two "no-shows," you will be put on the waiting list for future slots-each gathering has limited space.

Does the AuthorYOU SALON sound like a plan for you? Created in a "Salon" type environment--coffee, tea and water will be available. If you come, bring a snack to share with others. You show up at 9 and leave by noon--sometimes for the whole time, maybe just an hour.

Think of AuthorYOU SALONS as the old-fashioned quilting circle--in our case, it's more like an Authors' SALON--and a vibrant one it is. Join us and share your words and work and come away with insights and ahas.

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SEPTEMBER 14 - Create a Kaleidoscope of Color in Your Writing and Book Marketing

Aaah September ... the change of color flows throughout the mountains and reaches down to the front range. Summer transitions to warm sweaters, even coats. Playtime turns to "getting back to work" ... meaning your book and the huge Fall book selling season gets ready to explode. Your take-aways this AM will focus on what you can immediately do to kick start the Fall. This Saturday is the perfect time to take just three hours for you to get your brainstorming and masterminding hat in the publishing ring and kick off the coming out of winter. Besides the answers to the "What I need to Know Before I Go" that is posted on the Flip Chart, you will come away with: * Transition from the CWO to the CMO. * Re-launch a tired book and add sparkle to your push. * How to use social media to master book marketing. * Learn about must have adds for you and your book. * Learn how to add "juice" to what you are currently doing. * Learn new author tools to add to your success. * Always ... get any questions you have answered. Spring time in the Rockies delivers a split weather personality--we could have a little snow; some rain; or sunshine as the day begins. Inside, there will be plenty of HOT NEW ideas that will flip what you think and turn your head and attitude about what works and doesn't work in today's publishing arena. All gatherings start with a flip chart and a question: what do you need? The morning is then off ... who knows what paths it will take? Is there a book in the works? Are you stuck? Curious about the various publishing options? Ask your questions ... AND participate. The value of the group is to GIVE and SHARE ahas, insights and techniques, not just TAKE. If you are a taker, Author YOU is not for you. The AuthorYOU participants are hungry for new information and delighted to share what works for them ... and what doesn't. The SALONS created will expand your projects and the breadth of your success. If you want to make your book happen ... here's the inner circle that has ideas and experience to kick start it, goose it and just get the launch started that The Book Shepherd Judith Briles leads each month. Your answers are in the room. AND ... it's MONEY FREE to attend ... with two strings attached: Bring a healthy snack to share AND some new socks. Judith is a Sock Ambassador and part of a team that distributes to the Homeless and Kids in Need--, your ideas, questions, an open mind and meet other authors. No question goes unanswered! --come at 9, stay til noon-- See you Saturday, March 10th. Hot Coffee and Teas are ready for you. Warning: if you are a "no-show," you get two passes; after two misses, future participation will be based on availability. • What to bring Bring a snack to share and some NEW socks to give - Judith is a Sock Ambassador! • Important to know

You Are Invited ... to the AUTHOR BOOKS and TEA event!

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You are invited … It's our Fall Author Tea where local Authors do a “show and tell”, offering their wonderful books on a perfect afternoon surrounded by cool people and delectable food. And it's FREE. You just have to RSVP ... and you can bring friends. The Holidays are coming … select the perfect gift and have it personalized—we will have books for the guys … PLUS books are the ideal gift—think kids, your friends … how about YOU? Here's what's happening ... When: SATURDAY, October 28th Time: 1 – 4 pm Where: Host Judith Briles’ home: Heritage Eagle Bend, 8122 S Quatar Circle, Aurora CO 80016 The Treat: 15 authors sharing with you about their books and who they are in 30 seconds each. All books will be displayed on tables to “check-out”. Books are IDEAL gifts … for yourself, for others. All will be priced at less than what you can buy them on Amazon. Authors will be signing—some books even come with ribbons! We have books for guys, gals and kids! And, we always have free books while they last that are donated by some of the authors. Plus tables laden with tasty goodies. YUMMERS! Genres: There are lots to browse and choose from including: Mystery: Inspiration, Children-Juvenile, Cookbooks, Memoir, Military History, Women’s Fiction, Adventure, Health, Humor, Writings-Publishing, Fantasy, Self-Help, Relationships … even marriage! RSVP by REGISTERing … it’s a FREEBIE and a perfect was to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternoon as Autumn continues to share its colors. Tell Judith NOW that you are coming (and how many guests you are bringing). Yes, you can invite your friends to come as well—the more, the merrier! We just want to make sure that we have plenty of food.

NOV 9 Gathering for AuthorYOU SALONS ... Winter Is Coming!

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The leaves have fallen; hats and mittens are part of the outside uniform; how's your book doing? What about marketing? And you--what about you. What are you doing to plan for the coming year? November is always a great month--sometimes a little snow; sometimes brilliant (but not hot) sunshine. Balanced--this month is all about bringing balance into your authoring and publishing journey. • What are you celebrating in your publishing journey this year? • What is one insight or concept that you learned about and implemented and made a difference to you and your book? • What are your plans for next year? AS ALWAYS, All gatherings start with a flip chart and a question: what do you need? The morning is then off ... who knows what paths it will take? Is there a book in the works? Are you stuck? Curious about the various publishing options? Ask your questions ... AND participate. The value of the group is to give, not just take. The AuthorYOU participants are true masterminds. The SALONS created will expand your projects and the breadth of your success. If you want to make your book happen ... here's the inner circle that has ideas and experience to kick start it, goose it and just get the launch started. Your answers are in the room. There is no charge except your "fee" is to bring a healthy snack to share and some NEW socks (I'm a sock Ambassador and donate for homeless and kids who need them),, your ideas, questions, an open mind and meet other authors. No question goes unanswered! --come at 9, stay til noon-- Warning: if you are a "no-show," you get two passes; after two misses, future participation will be based on availability.

DEC 14 Gathering for AuthorYOU SALONS ... Get Ready to Turn Up the Heat

NOTE--we are starting at 8.30 a.m. today ... I have a theater date with my kids in the early afternoon! Has your book and writing joined the Holiday crowds ... tucked into packages as gifts, ready to delight the recipient ... or is it snug in a carton waiting for winter to thaw before reaching out for sales? It's time to turn up the heat. This final month of the year is a great time to gather, ease into a chair, sigh a tad … and celebrate what you have done. We authors love the Holidays -- let's gather for an end of the year celebration of fabulous ideas shared and brainstorm how to come out of the New Year with an implementation plan to make it the best ever. • What are you celebrating in your publishing journey this year? • What is one insight or concept that you learned about and implemented and made a difference to you and your book? • What are your plans for next year? AS ALWAYS, All gatherings start with a flip chart and a question: what do you need? The morning is then off ... who knows what paths it will take? Is there a book in the works? Are you stuck? Curious about the various publishing options? Ask your questions ... AND participate. The value of the group is to give, not just take. The AuthorYOU participants are true masterminds. The SALONS created will expand your projects and the breadth of your success. If you want to make your book happen ... here's the inner circle that has ideas and experience to kick start it, goose it and just get the launch started. Your answers are in the room. There is no charge except your "fee" is to bring a healthy snack to share and some NEW socks (I'm a sock Ambassador and donate for homeless and kids who need them),, your ideas, questions, an open mind and meet other authors. No question goes unanswered! --come at 9, stay til noon-- Warning: if you are a "no-show," you get two passes; after two misses, future participation will be based on availability.

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AUGUST 10 ... it's a HOT August AM for Colorado Authors!

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