Book Marketing and Publishing Tips for Authors–

Newsletter Issue #229 – May 4, 2022
Publisher: Judith Briles

Practical Publishing Advice and Guidance for Authors

In This Issue

1. Author Tools ... Discover Calculoid

2. AuthorYOU VIP Member Benefit … Caspicom Computer Services

3. May First Saturday Program … Creating Contests and Growing Your eMail List

4. International Amazon Bestseller … Next class starts in July

5. 2022 Unplugged Events Are Posted … June, July, October

6. AuthorYOU Salons … posted through June 2022 on Meetup site

     7. Hot podcasts for May… Add to your calendar and listen  

    8. Webinar Replay… Dump the Writing Blahs for Fiction and Nonfiction Authors

    9. Question of the Week … I’m on overload … help

    10. Book Shepherd “Fun” of the Week … Red Parrot Has a Girlfriend

This Week Under The Book Shepherd’s Roof
Hello and Good Publishing Day to YOU …
Wowsa … I got a lot of emails from my blog last week on POD printing. If you missed it, suggest you take three minutes reading here: … it’s an eye-opener.

And this week is step up to the plate if you are a fan of children being able to read –children who are full sighted, those who aren’t, and those who can’t hear. Under the leadership of Richard Rieman of Imagination Videobooks (disclaimer—I’m honored to be a founding board member), a HUGE project has rolled out via Kickstarter. My ASK … Hop on board now to support the power of words and storytelling for children. The staff at Kickstarter has already selected it as “the project they love” … how about you … let’s share love for it and the kiddos it benefits. Many of the awards have greetings customized with the voice of Pooh—think birthday greetings, Mother’s Day greetings, any type of greeting message. Check it all out HERE … and support:
At the end of Day 1, The Winnie-the-Pooh Project hit the 94% mark with 29 more days to go. Being part of the team, it’s Happy Dance time—knowing that we will fund … and overfund … before day 30 hits. Knowing that so many special needs children will be recipients of the Pooh bear and knowing that we can stretch our internal goals and overflow to the next big project. So grateful for the early supporters.
It’s SHOUT OUT time … do you know of an aspiring writer or author? Have you told them of the Aspiring Authors Scholarships yet? You should. Post it to your social media sites … share it in your emails.
This is a big deal to support and share. The Colorado Authors Hall of Fame’s Aspiring Authors Scholarships is open for submissions. Do you know an aspiring author who is a resident of Colorado and beyond 16 years of age? That’s the start. Up to five authors-to-be will be awarded up to $2,000 each PLUS an extensive 18-month Aspiring Author Mentorship program. This is HUGE. All details are on the Hall’s website here:

The Denver Post posted an article over the weekend here:

In two weeks, put May 18th on your calendar … it’s time to play the LinkedIN Game … Info will be posted next week.

Woot … several of my Unplugged dates are up on site under Experiences. Book Publishing (June 24 or 25) and BookMarketing/Social Media (October) are both online and in-person. Speaking (July 15 or 16) is in-person only. In-person includes breakfast and lunch. Get registered NOW. Watch for a special email for June soon. Details below.

A limited number of AuthorYou paid members only have the opportunity to participate in the three Barnes & Noble book signings scheduled over three Saturdays: June 18, July 2, and August 6. Details will be on the AuthorYOU website this coming week. Remember: these author participant events are an AuthorYOU benefit … not just because you know me. Join the association … it’s an investment in YOU and your BOOK. YOU MUST REQUEST to PARTICIPATE ….there are 4 spots available in June. Details here:
Are you registered for the AuthorYOU program this Saturday, May 7th? t’s a boo-boo if you aren’t. Do you want to build your email list? Expand your influence on Instagram? How about creating a successful contest? It all happens on the ONLINE program in THREE days.

Have you subscribed to my new YouTube Author and Publishing Tips channel? Always less than three minutes … a new one pops up five days a week, Monday through Friday. Become a subscriber and take a peek:

My podcast guest this week is …Derek Doepker,
It’s all about building your email lists.

That’s my week … how’s yours? Lots of happenings are below. I continue with my year of “Re.” The fourth book—Snappy Sassy Salty Success for Authors and Writers is in final corrections with cold-eye edit done. And, I’ve made all new postcards for the four books. Next week, morphing is slated for all things Amazon and taking down old books.

Have you ever explored the network website where I store all my podcasts? … Holy Moly … over 10 million downloads of various podcasts since the podcast started six years ago. As this last day of
You can select which podcast is for you from over 550 shows and 10,000,000 total downloads since the show started … the latest will always be posted on top of the show page: it goes directly to the Show Page, where you can view all podcasts at once—just scroll … you’ve got a lot to pick from to expand your learning and how to curve.

Add these to your calendar now. Details will all be posted under the Events tab on the website.

1. May 5 Podcast: Building email lists

2. May 7 1st Saturday AuthorYOU program – ONLINE-Creating Contests

3. May 12 Podcast: POP Power Positioning Using LinkedIN

4. May14 - AuthorYOU Salons – IN-PERSON & ONLINE - AuthorYOU members only

5. May 18 LinkedIn Game Show webinar

6. May 19 Podcast: Author PR Tips and Strategies

7. May 26 Podcast: The Power of Humor

8. June 4 1st Saturday AuthorYOU program – Firehouse Marketing, Part 2

9. June 11 AuthorYOU Salons – IN-PERSON & ONLINE - AuthorYOU members only

10. June 18 BN – Colorado Blvd, Glendale CO

11. June 24 Book Publishing Unplugged ONLINE

12. June 25 Book Publishing Unplugged IN-PERSON

13. July 2 BN – Southlands, Aurora CO

14. July 6. 13. 20. 27. – Amazon Bestseller ONLINE program

15. July 9 AuthorYOU Salons – IN-PERSON & ONLINE - AuthorYOU members only

16. July 15-16 Speaking Unplugged IN-PERSON

17. August 6 BN – Lone Tree, CO

18. August 13 AuthorYOU Salons – IN-PERSON & ONLINE - AuthorYOU members only

19. August 20 AuthorYOU BBQ

20. September  3 1st Saturday AuthorYOU program – Book Design and Swag Popapalooza

21. September 10 AuthorYOU Salons – IN-PERSON & ONLINE - AuthorYOU members only

22. October 1 1st Saturday AuthorYOU program – TBD

23. October 8 AuthorYOU Salons – IN-PERSON & ONLINE - AuthorYOU members only

24. October 21 Book Publishing/Social Media ONLINE

25. October 22 Book Publishing/Social Media IN-PERSON

26. October 29 Author’s Tea

27. November 5 1st Saturday AuthorYOU program – TBD

28. November 12 AuthorYOU Salons – IN-PERSON & ONLINE - AuthorYOU members only

29. December 4 AuthorYOU Holiday party

30. December 10 AuthorYOU Salons – IN-PERSON & ONLINE - AuthorYOU members only

AuthorYOU members the May second Saturday AuthorYOU Salons of the year are slated for Saturday, May 14th.

Zoom ONLINE/REMOTE starts at 7 am to 8.45 MT.
IN-PERSON in Colorado at 9.00 a.m., ending at 11.00 a.m.

This is where the ONLY agenda is YOU … you bring questions … and get answers.

If you are interested in participating in this benefit, get registered:

I love mentoring authors, their books, and supporting their vision. If you want intense, one-on-one time with me over a several-month period PLUS the ability to call me or email with a quick response, join my Mentor Program. There are 1 spots opening in 2022 —if you want an accelerated six months that deals with your infrastructure; your influence building; your what? … this may be the missing ingredient in your mix.

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3 May First Saturday Online Program in THREE days … May 7th 9 a.m.
Creating Contests and Growing Your eMail List
It’s the First Saturday session of AuthorYOU for May … and it’s going to be different. Author’s Assistant Bobby Crew has created a step-by-step process to build your email numbers using a boatload of contest ideas. This is an ONLINE event.

This is a don’t-miss gathering for authors and wanna-be authors. Basically, anyone who is publishing and doing book marketing. Think Author Success for 2022!
· Platforms for contests to use.

· Different strategies that become magnets for participants.

· Tips for pushouts to let others know about your contest.

· Giveaways for winners.

· eMail building pushes and tactics.

Plenty of time for Q&A.

AuthorYOU Members: $15
NonMembers: $45

AuthorYOU Members:  $15   
: $45

Register here:

This will be an ONLINE program. Everyone needs to have an Instagram account set up before we start. You will be sent the handout and Zoom link on Friday, the day before.

4 Can Your Book Be an International Bestseller?
Yes, it can. Next workshop starts July 6th

Create an AmazonBestseller Campaign for Your
Online Course in 4 weeks!

There are 23 steps in your journey … a journey where you could pay someone to travel and implement for you … or one where you can roll up your sleeves and learn how to create, implement, and execute. As in DIY.

The Create an Amazon Bestseller Campaign for Your eBook Online course is the latter. I will take you through each step during the four weeks. When you complete #17, you are ready to execute.

Judith’s goal is for you to have all components for your campaign DONE before your implementation/execution day. All social media tease pushouts are done and scheduled before the big day starts.

Your Requirements;

  1. 90 minutes of your time online each week via Zoom with Judith Briles. Late Monday afternoon will be our start time. This is not a webinar, it’s live, online coaching.

  2. Social media presence. Thousands would be good but not crucial. You will learn tips and tricks during each session that will have new adds every week.
  3. An “I want to be #1 and I can do this attitude” and commitment to do the work during each session and post-work each work.
  4. A computer. A free account on either Canva or BookBrush.

Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27
Times: 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm MT

Judith’s next Amazon Bestseller class is slated for March. Four Wednesday afternoons. and are always limited in size.

Info here to get registered:

5 2022 Dr. Judith Briles Unplugged Events
Several dates … some for ONLINE only; others for IN-PERSON. Pick what works for you. Registration fees will increase 21 days before the actual event date. Early Bird is money smart. A Continental breakfast and lunch will be included for all IN-PERSON events.
Registration: click on the Experiences tab.

AuthorYOU Salons May and June

Register for the next few monthsthere is a session for ONLINE authors and a separate for IN-PERSON- FORWARD … Salons are a Free benefit for VIP AuthorYOU members only.

1. You must register for this.
2. If less than 5 people are registered by Noon on the Friday before, event will be canceled.

If you have book marketing, writing, publishing questions, get answers. Or, you just want to schmooze a bit, It’s ONLINE and IN-PERSON on the second Saturday of each month. You MUST be a paid member of to participate. ONLINE starts at 7 am to 8.30 am MT – IN-PERSON at 9 am MT. Here’s the link to register and getting notices/reminders forward:

Register here

Hot podcasts slated for April
You can always listen in via our websites:  (click on the On the Air image on the Home page—wait for it to upload. Or (click on the Resources tab).

May 5 eMail Marketing Strategies - Derek Doepker

May 12 Powerful Insider Publicity Secrets for Authors - Robin Samara

May 19 LinkedIn Pizazz and Pop - Debra Jason

May 26 The Power of Humor - Nancy Norton

Replay … Dump the Writing Blahs for Fiction and Nonfiction Authors
Creative Juice for Writers and Authors

Feeling stifled? Uninspired? Tired of the blank page?
Feeling as if writer’s block is an unwelcome houseguest that never leaves and eats all the ice cream?
It’s time for a little creative juice!

In this webinar, Melody Jones revealed a variety of tips to move past and forward the writing blahs by tapping more deeply into that creative core you have.


Question of the Week

Question: I’m on overload … any suggestions to bring sanity back to what I need to get done?

Answer: Sure … let’s start simple—with a piece of paper, divide it into four sections. In the upper left, put ASAP. In the upper right, put 7 DAYS. In the lower-left, put 30 DAYS. In the lower right, put FUTURE. Now, start listing what you need want. All the urgent/must do NOW, goes in ASAP. Everything else gets moved off your radar. In the 7 DAYS, what must be accomplished within that time frame—add it here. For items that you have some breathing room; ones that need to be done before 30 DAYS pass, add there. The FUTURE is for everything else.

Book Shepherd “Fun” or an “Uh-Oh” of the Week

Love it when I find a fun shorty—a quick smile, a laugh aloud, a learn something new, and a sip of tea … and back to work—perfect. Loved this: Red Parrot Brings Girlfriend Over To Meet The Woman He Visits Every Day
Get your copy today – it’s my life on steroids … earning a Baker’s Dozen plus ONE in book awards. Now Available in Print, eBook, Audiobook.
You can pick my brain … minimum time is 30 minutes. If you need one-on-one-time with me, I’m always open for a few minutes to give you some quick input. But, and it’s a BIG BUT, many call and expect far more than a few minutes.

This is called a “consult” and I would be delighted to schedule time with you for “just you and your many questions” that need answers. You can book time with me it at:

Author Friendly Friday this week …

Join Author Friendly Fridays: a fun, sharing and a dynamic closed group. You can join in the next week. It’s a full hour when you can ask questions—any question. And, I always include a few strategies to get your authoring life ahead of the competition.

It’s for paid subscribers ONLY and we do it on Zoom.

This is how each call starts: I share a few strategies, tips and tools that attendees can immediately start to use. All share … and ask plenty of questions. They get answers. Definitely an excellent way to start a Friday. Those of you who aren’t participating, you are making a mistake. I love the variety of books and authors who have chosen to participate. What’s also fun, is the energy that can be felt with what everyone is working on. Love it!

Here’s the link to take advantage of it and subscribe:  

Podcast expands to 11 networks … Follow us and learn …
new shows every Thursday.

GO to the SHOW page and select which podcast is for you… the latest will always be posted on top:

And, if you have listened, support our podcast and post a review. Thank you!

The AuthorU – Your Guide to Book Publishing podcast is now heard on eleven podcast channels. How cool is that? Listeners can tune into the weekly (always new – no repeats) show on:
Get the latest #AuthorU-Your Guide to #Book #Publishing radio podcast with @MyBookShepherd via iTunes here:

That’s my author and publishing news for today … what’s yours?
About Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd

Book Publishing expert Judith Briles, aka The Book Shepherd
has shepherded more than 1,000 authors and created 500 best-sellers and award-winning books. She knows publishing inside and out from both the traditional and independent sides. Judith is an advocate for authors within her blogs, podcasts and speaking engagements. What’s her pet peeve? Two words: publishing predators.

She hosts the podcast AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing that generates over 100,000 downloads a month. Her website is www.TheBookShepherd, email: and phone: 303-885-2207.

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