Monday, July 7, 2014

Is There an Author (in) U?

One reason I am asking if there is an author in you, is that I am finally embracing the author in me. I’ve also always been passionate about helping content creators create and market successfully. As such, I am excited to share a great gem I recently found with you.

  • Do you have an idea for a book?
  • Are you writing a book?
  • Are you getting ready to publish?
  • Or are you actively marketing your book?

If any of these are the case, I would highly recommend you consider becoming a member of AuthorU. It was one of the treasures I discovered upon relocating to Colorado this past year. Although it is true, there are some privileges to being local, and certainly much to be gained by traveling to the annual Author U Extravaganza (a), there are plenty of benefits available, no matter where you live, to move you further faster in all aspects of writing and marketing.

The Author U eZine is published 9 times a year and is loaded with 50+ pages of insights and resources for authors and independent publishers. This is the last issue available for non-members, and all future editions will be included with paid membership.

Personally, I have wanted to write books for some time. Everything I write is non-fiction in the realm of How-to Hollywood, and in the past it has been delivered through workshops, articles and private consult. Although I still do all of those activities, I was excited to write a book. I discovered the Colorado-based non-profit after relocating from Los Angeles to Denver this past year. I found it to be invaluable to me and has helped me get on a fast track.

Given my background in Hollywood literary development, packaging and sales and platform building and marketing/PR for authors, experts and businesses, I can appreciate what Author U offers. They have a strong emphasis on both the craft and the marketing, but especially on the marketing. Author U regularly brings you in front of a team of experts who can answer any question, help you steer clear of publishing predators, and provide a vision for all the things you haven’t even thought of, to be a successful author. What it is not, however, is a group for the hobbyist. Their motto is “Where serious writers go to be seriously successful.”

Author U can own this expertise, as the organization is led by the dynamo that is Dr. Judith Briles. She has authored over 31 books and made a living for over 30 years as a professional author and speaker. Some of her most recent titles include: Author You, Snappy, Sassy & Salty, and Show Me About Book Publishing. There is also a Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Ambassador Board who all bring a wealth of experience from a diversity of areas within the publishing arena. They offer daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual happenings giving you the option to participate as much or as little as you need to create the success you desire.

I have signed on as an Author U member and a volunteer in membership. I am also being tapped as an expert in the areas of bringing books to film and television and helping those with an interest in screenwriting and film making better understand the marketplace, clarify their creative vision, and develop a success strategy.The next thing I knew, one book idea turned into two. I have not only found the mentorship I needed inspiring both direction and focus but also a great community.

Annual membership dues are only $99. And yes, wait…there is more.

If you live anywhere you can hook into the community, and get the guidance you need through:

  • Blog Posts – Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from Judith Briles
  • TechTool Box – Monthly $50 3-hour Skype tutorial for members only on focused topic
  • Webinars R Us - Free to members starting in September 2x per month

Discounts and special offers from vendors and partners.

Membership directory (accessible to members only)

If you live locally you also can participate in:

  • Monthly Meetup Author Circle - Saturday from 9am-1pm
  • Monthly Programs – Discounted for Members
  • Monthly $60 On-site 3-Hour for members only on focused topic

If you can travel to Colorado, Author U offers:

  • Annual Author U Extravaganza – Join Author U next year May 7-9, 2015
  • Annual Author U Member BBQ – Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • BootCamps – Next one in Fall 2014
  • Judith Briles UnPlugged - August 1 & 2, 2014

Plus, so many of the people in my community offer valuable services to writers. If this is you, please take a closer look at becoming a Premier Partner or Associate Partner. Author U looks to collaborate with others and help connect writers become successful authors. Given what I’ve seen, they look to share the best information, resources and vendors to move authors through all the stages of book writing, publishing, marketing and sales.