Author U continues to grow and grow.
The Author Resource, our online magazine has 54 pages this month … 54 pages!–all new layout, even a front magazine cover! … check it out at: http://authoru.org/2014-january.
The Extravaganza has 45 already registered and 4 plus months to go… all info for registration is on the website, partial speakers, rest to come shortly –get registered. Full agenda will be up soon. The odds are high—we will be sold out this year. three-quarters of the Exhibitor spots are already taken. The Author Shark Tank will be back plus more. The Extravaganza is going to show every participant how to create the “edge” as an author; and for their book. You don’t want to miss Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords, opening session on May 1st. Penny Sansavieri’s Deep Dive Workshop on Thursday is loaded with amazing info to move your books on Amazon.
We have plans for many new programs and services to help our Author U® members create quality books, as well as market and sell more books. Meaning money and adding to your bank account. In other words: achieve success as an author. Isn't that your goal?
The hiccup is that we need some assist. We have more ideas than people to implement them. Are you feeling creative? Would you be willing to volunteer some time to help us continue to grow?
Please consider being a committee chair, working on a committee or just being available for specific projects, such as the BookCamps, Webinars and other items that that last year’s Board Retreat identified.
Publicity: Big time. We will provide the topics and copy points for you to write and distribute press releases and generate publicity in general. We need someone who knows who the media players are, especially in Colorado to support annual Extravaganza … or is willing to track them down.
Benefit to you: network with the media for Author U and make relationships that could benefit you as an author/expert and your publishing business.
Communications: We will provide the topics and copy points for you to write and distribute regular updates to Author U members, partner organizations, sponsors and advertisers.
Benefit to you: establish relationships with industry suppliers that can help you when publishing your next products
The Author Resource ezine: Now created and published nine times a year, there are certain sections that are always there. Your task would be to take on a few of them, gathering info, find people to write short articles (including you) and do and submitting to our layout person.
Benefit to you: Stay up to date on the hot marketing topics of the day and learn more about publishing in general as you review the submitted articles; exposure of your expertise as a contributor.
Annual Extravaganza: Always held the first weekend in May, this year’s is #4—each year, they are bigger and better. We want to keep the “better” in the mix. Most of the speakers for May 1-3, 2014 are already booked. Your involvement would be to work with Judith in getting the best location, arrange for speakers and help put the program together. Kind of a Jack or Jill of all things.
Benefit to you: Knowing how to organize a conference is priceless. The contacts you will make among speakers, exhibitors and sponsors will only improve your professional stature. You are comped to attend.
Colorado BookFest: One of the top “to do” items that birthed from the Summer Retreat was to create an annual Colorado BookFest that would attract authors as participants nationally and become the “go to” place in an outdoor Faire environment over a weekend in July or August. Booths would be marketed and sold to authors and publishers. There will be “pockets” where authors will be scheduled to talk about their books. Books will be sold by the individual authors within their booths. Working with Communications and Publicity will be important for the BookFest’s success. The word needs to get out to ALL formats for anyone who loves books.
Benefit to you: Knowing how to organize this kind of event is priceless. The contacts you will make among authors and sponsors will only improve your professional stature. You are comped for a booth.
Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame: This will have its own Board and operate under a 501c3 status. A bi-annual induction event will be created honoring authors who have lived in Colorado at some time; who have used Colorado as a “backdrop” in a book; or have come stayed in Colorado to write. A Nomination form needs to be created; a game plan on how to get information out that CAHF is in play. Committee needs to be set up to evaluate nominees; type of event (lunch or dinner); location for it, etc. Watch for the formal debut at the Extravaganza … exciting!
Benefit to you: Knowing how to organize this kind of event is priceless. The contacts you will make among authors and sponsors will only improve your professional stature. You are comped to attend.
You will never be on your own when helping with any of these projects. The Author U staff and board members can and will provide you guidance, content and names of people to contact (just ask). There would be no out-of-pocket costs to you for helping with these programs—in chairing or being on a committee. If any of the above sings to you, contact Judith at Judith@Briles.com.
We also welcome you with Program ideas, support, info … as well as Membership Connecting.
What say you?
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