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Why Self-Publish or Indie- (Independent) Publish your book? A critical question ... let me count the whys:

MONEY ... Yes, you front the money ... BUT, if you learn the ropes, about publishing, about marketing, you will make far more money.

ACCOUNTABILTIY ... must authors who publish traditionally are absolutely clueless about what's going on with book sales and what royalties, if any are do them.

CONTROL ... there isn't a traditionally published author out there who has multiple titles that won't tell you that their cover sucks or interior just doesn't do it. When you publish yourself, you approve everything.

TIMING ... Once a book is written and edited ... layout, indexing if desired, and a full-scale printing is less than three months. With traditional publishing, an 18 month window is typical.

QUALITY ... when authors take control, quality is controllable. Traditional publishers have cut back in a variety of areas, including the glue used in binding.

Meet, schmooze and learn from and with other writers and authors ... your goal: to become a published author! You will learn:

What are some of the tips and tricks in getting organized for your authring experience;

How to create a niche market for your work;

What a publishing predator is;

How to avoid publishing predators;

When to start using social media for your book;

How to create an author and book platform;

Who should be on your publishing team;

How to develop a team to get your book published;

When to incorporate research into your book;

How to structure your book;

How to get unblocked;

How to keep your sanity and stay in balance during the authoring tango;

How should you publish;

And so much, much more.

Are you serious about being an author? Do you know what it takes? 0r are do you view your scribes as a hobby?

Self-Publishing and Indie-Publishing Authors of Colorado is not about learning the craft of writing--we encourage you to participate in many of the fine programs that the Lighthouse writing group does based in Denver. That's what it does. FA is about becoming an author--which means mingling with authors, learning about what they do to become successful, and stay successful, it's about learning about this thing called authoring and publishing.

It starts in the beginning. You can't start down the authoring path without understanding the financials. Next up will be creating the Author Platform and then the Book Platform.

If this sounds like the track you want to travel upon, I look forward to having you--If not, there are other groups.

Dr. Judith Briles brings over 30 years of publishing experience to the author platform, is the author of the multi-award winning Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers, Show Me About Book Publishing, Creating and Develping Your Author and Book Platforms CD series. She's authored 31 books (many award-winning); 18 with traditional publishers and 13 with her own imprint, Mile High Press, Ltd.

As a publisher, she's published several books by Colorado authors; is a media personality; Founder and CEO of AuthorU (niversity)--which started as a Meetup group and is designed for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful (www.AuthorU.org); known as The Book Shepherd, where she works closely with authors in the development and publishing of their books (www.TheBookShepherd); and has been the past president of several author and publishing groups. Each May, she hosts the AuthorU Extravaganza that is held annually the first full weekend of May.

If you're serious about becoming a published author, this is your meetup! If you are serious about being successful in self-publishing and indie publishing, this group is for you. For both fiction and non-fiction writers ... all genres welcomed!

Join Self-Publishing and Indie-Publishing Authors of Colorado to get the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the ... truth about publishing.

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Digging Out the Writer Within YOU!

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For the November Saturday gathering, it's a two parter for writing and book marketing success! Part I Digging Out the Writer Within YOU! An author's words can pull in a reader ... or push him out to sea. It's all about the editing that is brought in by another set of eyes. Then there’s the midas touch of your words, weaving stories, entertaining, creating escapism, peaking curiosity, solving problems, and making a difference. WRITING • Do it; take the chance! WRITE! • Write what you like/want to read; don't chase fads. • Keep learning craft - no one is born knowing HOW to write. • The death of the cliché and birthing a new one. • Works to avoid from the get-go. • Creating the golden arch. • Stop telling … starting showing. EDITING • Why all writers need an editor. • Skipping an editor could be the most expensive mistake you will ever make. • Why English teachers aren't editors. Or your friends. Or your relative. • Content, Developmental, Proofreading –who are they; what do they cost; and when do you need them. • How to work with an editor and let your ego go. • The ultimate tool for editing. Part II 10 Awesome Online Tools for Your Writing and Author POP Get ready to sharpen your pencils … you will be writing fast as 10 Awesome Online tools are featured for your writing, book marketing, and influence building pleasure!

MARCH Speaking Unplugged Bootcamp LIVE

7525 E Hampden Ave


Would you like to know how powerful you, your book and experiences are and how they can influence and change others one word at a time? Would you like to turn your book, your ideas, your mouth into a business that creates a lifestyle woven with travel, fun, global friends and financial success? You can with the smart and savvy strategies, you will reveal in this interactive and fun intensive workshop. With over 35 years of speaking on the platform, Dr. Judith Briles will show you how to become a successful professional speaker … a speaker that will soar your book sales. Since the 80s, speaking has been her #1 way to sell books … over 1,000,000 of them! Reserve Your Spot NOW for 2 Colorful Brain-Jammed Days, including meals. At this event, we will cover: ~How to develop your topic … start with your book then expand to create a portfolio of options for meeting planners to select from or add-on to an already booked gig. ~How to structure your speech or create a workshop … one that is uniquely you and will make you the buzz of any conference. ~How to identify your key points … and hook in the right story, activity or exercise to engage your audience. ~How to create stories based on your life experiences that will engage an audience … that can have them rolling in the aisles or shedding a tear. ~How to tie in current events with your presentation … create a local hook that will connect with attendees. ~How to know when to use multi-media … and what to do if it goes wrong. ~How to structure your first words … whether it’s a story, statistics, an event connected with the group or something else—tips on how to instantly connect with an audience. ~How to create a memorable opening or closing … that will leave your audience laughing, crying or thinking—but never just leaving them. ~How to avoid the Blunders, Bloopers, and Boo-Boos … that most speakers—newbies and old-timers make. ~How to identify and create your Unique Selling Pitch to any meeting planner … what will make you shine and rise above the speaker crowd? ~How to create the visuals to enhance your presentation … audiences are visible—you will learn how to use cartoons, words and essential elements to spark up any presentation. ~How to deal with snafus and presentations that aren’t working … it happens; not every audience is ideal or presentation perfect. ~How to find groups that want your message … and will enthusiastically cheer for you and want you back. ~How to move from free to fee … and make a living by using your words and your mouth. ~How to negotiate contracts … and get “soft money” for no fee gigs. ~How to create your “unique” position … work with a SWOT Analysis designed for you and your book. ~How to create an AWESOME Speaker-Book One-Sheet … you need one that shouts you out … it’s brag time to hook meeting planners and attendees. Cost: $547 for the two-day event. If you are a Book Shepherd Alumni, register for the event at TheBookShepherd.com for your discounts. The Alumni cost is $347 Can't pay all at once? Visit TheBookShepherd.com for a 3 month payment plan option. If you are planning to stay at the hotel, (recommended) our special room rate is $124. Just ask for the AuthorYOU rate.

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