Monday, April 14, 2014

WOWIE! Update for the Author U Extravaganza!

below is the final Agenda for the Extravaganza. If you have already signed up, you know what’s coming your way. If you are still on the fence (why, we ask?!) … all Friday and Saturday registrants are welcome to attend the Publishing Strategy and Author Platform session from 10 to noon on Thursday. The Afternoon sessions and Evening Deep Dive Dinner Workshop with Penny Sansevieri are add-ons.

Bonus … 
all attendees with get a free copy of Publish Like the Pros by Michele DeFilippo and Show Me About Book Publishing by Judith Briles, Rick Frishman and John Kremer—a combined $25 value.

New … 
the Colorado Authors Hall of Fame will be seed with our first Silent Auction … over 60 items valued at in excess of $10,000 are at your bidding pleasure.

What Should You do now … commit!
And if you are only coming on Friday and Saturday, let Author U know if you are planning on attending the FREE Thursday AM Publishing Strategy and Author Platform session from 10 to noon. eMail and say “I’m in for Thursday.”

MAY 1-3,2014

Over THREE amazing days, you will be working with amazing book marketing strategists, publicists, Internet gurus, audio and video pioneers … all done in an intense workshop environment … these three days will add to your creativity, your ability to effectively communicate with anyone about you and your book and connect with the players you need now to get you where you need to go.

Keynote  10:00-11:50 am
Georgia McCabe and Judith Briles Strategic Visioning Plans that Every Author Needs to Begin the Publishing Journey and Creating Your Author and Book Platforms

Thursday   Eaglets  (newbies)    12:10 to 4:25 pm  sponsored by

12:10-12:55           Nick Zelinger              Nuggets for Newbies
1:00-1:45              Randy Kuckuck           This Little Book Went to Market
1:45-2:00              Break
2:00-2:45              Tammy Bleck              How to Turn Your Blog into Big Bucks     
2:50-3:35              Kathi Dunn                  Does Your Book Need a Makeover Before It’s Printed?
3:35-3:45              Break
3:45-4:25              Steve Replin                The Wide World of Legalese 

Thursday   Eagles (advanced)   12:10 to 4:25  sponsored by 

12:10-12:55           Kelly Johnson             Stage Right: it’s the Virtual Assistant-Add Time to Your Day!
1:00-1:45              Joan Stewart              Fast & Free Easy Ways to Research Journalists & Bloggers Before You Pitch!
1:45-2:00              Break
2:00-2:45              Bret Ridgway              Beyond the Book
2:50-3:35              Justine Schofeld         Crowdfunding for Authors
3:35-3:45              Break
3:45-4:25              Amy Collins                
Selling Your Books on Amazon and Other Online Retailers

Dinner with the Exhibitors & Auction –Woo Hoo … you get the sneak peek!  
6:00-9:00 Deep Dive Workshop with Penny Sansevieri  

~Throughout Friday and Saturday~

·      Discover the perfect gift for you or a friend on one of the many Auction tables in the Exhibit area.
·      Get a 15-minute neck, shoulder, back massage that will revitalize your body and spirit under the magic fingers of Debra Rapinchuk in the Registration area.
·      Visit every Exhibitor and complete your Exhibitor Bingo card-at the last session, someone will win a FREE registration to next year’s Extravaganza.

·      You can meet one-on-one with many of the speakers for a 15 minute laser session for a small fee. All schedules will be posted at the Registration desk.
·      Visit our bookstore to take home the books of our speakers.
·      Many of our attendees will be at tables in Exhibits signing their own books—check them out!

Keynotes are Georgia McCabe (Author, CEO of Social Media Sensei), (Mark Coker (Author, CEO of Smashwords), Penny Sansevieri (Red Hot Internet Publicity, How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on and Judith Briles (Boring Speeches Suck … Create a $1,000,000 Speech with Your Book).  All attendees on Friday will get a free copy of Judith’s book, Show Me About Book Publishing.
7:00 -8:00         Registration, Exhibits & Auction   
8:00-8:10                      Welcome and Opening  
8:10-9:10                      Mark Coker                 10 Trends Driving the future of Publishing Revolution
9:15-10:15                    Amber Ludwig Make Your Website Do the Work
10:15-11:00      AM Break & Exhibits & Auction

11:00-11:25           Author Shark Tank     
11:25-12:25           John Kremer               The Secret to Marketing on the Internet in Less than an Hour
12:25-1:25             Lunch sponsored by      & Exhibits & Auction   

1:25-2:25              Daniel Hall                  Audio Book Cash Flow: Fast and Easy     
2:30-3:30              Georgia McCabe         Are You Fiddling with Social Media While Rome Burns?
3:30-4:00              PM Break & Exhibits & Auction
4:00-4:25              Author Shark Tank
4:25-5:20             Mary Jo Fay                Your 30-Second Elevator Pitch
5:25-6:25              Rounds with the Pros
6:30-9:30              Dinner and Entertainment  
Get ready to tickle your funny bone with Tim Gard!

Have a good night’s rest … tomorrow is jam-packed … with the EARLY SUNRISE with Joan Stewart and COFFEE session at 7:00 am.
Quick and Dirty Blog Posts When You Don’t Have Time to Write


Throughout Saturday, you may buy 15 minutes of a Speaker’s time for $20—all proceeds benefit the Author U Foundation. You must sign up at Registration for times.
7:00 -8:00             Registration, Exhibits & Auction     
7:00-7:55              Joan Stewart              EARLY SUNRISE Workshop—don’t miss this:
                                           Quick and Dirty Blog Posts When You Don’t Have Time to Write
8:00-8:10              Welcome Back!          
Amy Collins                 Available Wherever Books Are Sold!
9:05-10:00             Dan Poynter
                Targeting Potential Customers
10:00-10:40           AM Break, Exhibits & Auction   
10:40-11:05           Author Shark Tank
11:05-12:00           Stephanie Barko         Your Virtual Book Blog Tour

12:05-1:00             Joel Comm                  Ka-Ching!         
1:00 -1:45             Lunch & Last Visit to Exhibits & Last Chance to BID on Auction items  
Susan Gilbert              YouTube from Soup to Nuts
Patrice Baum-Rhoades  Creating the Author One-Sheet
3:40-3:55              PM Break … Pay for Your Auction items
3:55-4:50              Judith Briles               
Creating a $1,000,000 Speech with Your Book
4:50-5:00             Wrap-Up, Grand Prize Drawing
Save the dates: next year’s Extravaganza May 7-9, 2015