Monday, June 9, 2014

Cliques Aren’t Us … Author U Expands Its Community

There are a variety of definitions of “community” including:

A group of people with common interests, 
likeness, shared ideas and activities.

Author U fills them all—we are authors; we are alike (and yet very different in our topics, methodologies and strategies); we share ideas and activities.  

The author’s voice—your voice—is amazing … reaching every corner of every community. To expand our community, Author U has surfaced on LinkedIn this past week. The community has expanded broadly from the “Mothership” of Colorado to members globally. And it’s very exciting. We have members in Canada, England, Mexico, Australia and of course, the United States—it’s thrilling now to reach out to authors in Europe, India and other parts of the world. The author community—it’s alive, it’s vibrant, it’s well … and it’s a good place to be in.

At the recent Board meeting that followed the annual Author U Extravaganza, we asked:                                  

  • Where are we now?
  • Where are we going?
  • What do we want to expand in and to?
  • How are we going to do it?

What was echoed by many was that the strength of Author U was the fact that it wasn't a clique—there wasn't exclusiveness—you are an author or budding author, come on in.

If you aren't following Author U on Twitter, join in @AuthorU. If you want to chat with others, pose question, offer answers to those that ask, join the LinkedIn Author U Group (there are over 4,900 authors there)—you need to have a LinkedIn account to do so … FREE. We have a weekly radio show: Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing … listen in live on Thursdays or pick up the recorded podcast … all on the site, just click on the
“On the Air” icon and you have over 100 shows with experts on a huge variety of topics. FREE  There’s a community just starting on Google+—join it. FREE.

Our monthly ezine, The Author’s Resource will have it’s last issue available to the public in June. Beginning in July, it will be for members only. Become one so you don’t miss out on terrific articles and columns and events that are put together nine times a year… as in 40 to 50 pages worth. All about books, publishing, social media, marketing–you name it … if it will enhance what you can do with your book, Author U wants to share it.

Finally, we will launch our Google Hangouts FOR MEMBERS only … starting with creating massive sales via Amazon… watch for the date!

Let’s celebrate our fantastic and diversified voices. Author U … created for the author who wants to be seriously successful.

Judith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd a book publishing expert and coach. She is the Founder of Author U,  a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 31 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers  and a speaker at publishing conferences.

Become part of her inner circle by joining the Author’s Ark and exclusive monthly webinar and coaching event. Her audio and workbook series, Creating Your Book and Author Platform is now available. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing on the Toginet Network at Follow @AuthorU and @MyBookShepherd on Twitter and do a “Like” at AuthorU and TheBookShepherd on Facebook.  If you want to create a book that has no regrets, contact Judith at