Author U Program Sept 12: Speak Like a Pro

August 29, 2015 by

Speak Like a Pro and Sell Books by the Truckload

Are you an author who just wants to write? Do you think the world will come to you? Is that what’s holding back massive book sales that could be yours?

If you just want to write, go back to sleep. Authors may have the gift of the written word, yet they flunk with the verbal variety. Authors must be promoters and marketers. In Judith Briles words, “Get over it.”

One of the best ways to market yourself and your book is via the speaking platform. There are no boring subjects …there are too many boring speakers … and if that’s what you choose to be, your book sales will be mediocre.

What are the crucial and must have elements of a great speech? What are the common mistakes speakers need to avoid? Get Judith’s Briles’ perspective—someone who has been there, done that, creating over 4.8 million dollars in combined speaking fees and direct book sales in a 25 year period—of speaking and selling books at the highest level. Yes Virginia, you can make a living with your words.

Judith has 10 questions for you:

  • Do you want to create a speech that gets attention and bookings?
  • Do you want to be known as the “go to” person and a “must have” speaker?
  • Do you want to use powerful stories and humor within a presentation, even when your topic is controversial or could be considered a downer?
  • Do you want to be paid every time you speak?
  • Do you want to sell books whenever and wherever you speak?
  • Do you want to connect with your audience?
  • Do you want to know how to find people that will hire you?
  • Do you want to know tips on how to go from FREE to FEE?
  • Do you want recovery tips on what to do when you are bombing?
  • Do you want to sell books by the truckload?

You’ve got the topic and the book … now what? Create the speech or workshop. Every speech needs a great beginning, nuggets with how-tos and action, and a powerful closing. You will learn how to structure a keynote speech or workshop. Your talk will sell books—lots of them. Learn how to find your audience, get them to pay you, and skyrocket your book sales. Learn how to “drill down” within your niche.

If you have a book … or will have one soon:

  • Are you preparing a presentation that will bring in enthusiastic believers to your topic?
  • Would you like to have enthusiastic book buyers flock to a table piled with your books?
  • Would you like to be known as an expert, solution person, premier storyteller, or an entertainer?
  • Are you creating a presentation that will sell books, lots of them?
  • Are you getting paid for your talks—either for the presentation or in book sales—better yet, for both?

Your take-aways include how to be a better speaker, how to create and deliver a powerful message around your book and how to speak with impact! You’ve got a master speaker who is ready to get you started, recharged and moving into selling books one truckload at a time. Her next book is How to Avoid Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos available this fall.

Judith Briles is an international speaker, publisher, award-winning and best-selling author and is known as The Book Shepherd. She has consistently been ranked as the top speaker at events including the recent Las Vegas Writers Conference and the AuthorU Extravaganza.

Judith Briles knows the publishing industry. She’s the author of 34 books—18 published with New York, the rest with her own imprint; has sold foreign rights to 16 countries; sold in excess of 1,000,000 in combined sales; is co-founder of Mile High Press; has created and chaired several publishing conferences; created the book shepherding concept in Colorado; and is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer AuthorU®. Her books for authors and writers include: The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers, Author YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms and Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers, all #1 bestsellers on Amazon.

CRW September Online Workshops

August 28, 2015 by

The Coffee Break Guide to Business Plans for Writers

Instructor: Amy Denim

Dates: September 8 – October 2, 2015 (4 weeks)

Fee: $20.00 CRW/HODRW Members; $25.00 all other students

Classifications: Intensive/Mentor Series, Professional Development, Writing as a Business, Organization, Marketing, Promotions, Publicity, Social Media, Publishing, Industry, Indie Publishing

Description: When you first started writing all you thought you needed was a good story, the right words and the time to write. But there is so much more to a writing career than putting words on the page. Having a business plan is a big part of moving your writing from being a hobby to a profession. But who has the time to sit down and write a report-style tome filled with scary numbers and boring mission statements? This hands-on workshop will help you complete a business plan for your creative brain on your coffee breaks and will get you motivated and taking control of your career.

About Amy Denim

Amy Denim writes business books for writers and loves to let authors rent her brain. She’s also known as Aidy Award and has a thing for writing romances with hot heroes (like chefs and cowboys) and curvy intelligent heroines (like chefs and cowgirls).

Find Amy on most any social media network including:

Facebook: Author Amy Denim, Twitter: @AmyDenim, Pinterest: Amy Denim, Goodreads: Amy Denim, On her website:, or at

Visit CRW website to register!

Pacing Your Novel

Instructor: Becky Martinez

Dates: September 14 – September 25, 2015 (2 weeks)

Fee: $10.00 CRW/HODRW members; $15.00 all other students

Classifications: Writing Fundamentals, Pacing, Writing Development, Craft

Description: Quicken your pace without losing sight of your story. Ever wonder why some books seem like such a fast read and others take forever to get through? Do you want your books to really move? Sometimes getting your novel to flow can seem like an impossible task. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Learn easy steps that you can apply to almost any story to go between action scenes and slower, reflective scenes and still keep the plot moving. Find ways to keep increasing tension throughout your story so you can get rid of the sagging middle and make it more relevant.

About Becky Martinez

Becky Martinez is a multi-published author who spent 30+ years as an award winning broadcast journalist before she turned full time to fiction writing. For the past ten years she has been writing romance, romantic suspense and mystery novels and novellas. Her latest book, Dead Man’s Rules was published by The Wild Rose Press in May 2014. Her next book coming soon from TWRP is a mystery, Blues at 11, based on her long career in TV news. She has also taught writing classes for the past 12 years and is co-author of the writing book, Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters.

Visit CRW website to register!

Panel Prepares Writers for CAL Writing Contest

August 24, 2015 by

Panel Helps Prepare Authors for CAL Writing Contest

Have you ever wondered just what exactly contest judges are looking for? Or just where your book or freelance article fits into categories in the annual Colorado Authors’ League contest? Or how different judging criteria might apply to different categories?

These are the kinds of questions a panel of judges and experts will address in CAL’s first program of the 2015-16 season on Sat., Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Larry Greenly, president of the Southwest Writers Group, which has judged CAL’s writing contest for several years, will be the featured speaker on a panel that also will include Peg Brantley, last year’s contest chair; Jerry Mitchell, this year’s contest chair; and past CAL president and CAL Award winner Mary Taylor Young, who will speak to how winners and finalists can leverage their success to market and achieve more sales.

The 2016 CAL Awards entry period opens Dec. 1, 2015 and closes Jan. 31, 2016. Anyone who registers for the Sept. 12 program will receive a $10 rebate on the contest fee when they enter. (Go to for contest categories, rules and details.)

The program will be held at Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School, 300 W. Chenango Ave. in Englewood. Doors will open at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 and ending not later than 12:30. There is ample free parking at the school.

Registration is open now on the CAL Web site. CAL members who register by September 9 pay $20, and non-members $30. The member price increases to $30 at the door the day of the program, and the non-member charge to $40.

September 10th RMMWA Meeting

August 19, 2015 by

September 10th
It’s a Crisis featuring FBI Crisis Negotiator Special Agent "Matt"

Where: The Historic Denver Press Club,
1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO
Thursday Night, September 10th.
Time: 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program
If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23for non-members. Use the Paypal link on the site Choose the option you want from the drop-down menu (Member, Non-Member, or Non-Meal), and then click the Add to Cart button. Note: if you want to sign up both a member and guest, you must pay for each with a separate Add to Cart transaction. Payment at door is $25 for everyone who wishes to eat, until meals are gone!

Online reservations due by Sept. 4th. If you have any questions feel free to contact Shannon Baker @ shannbaker

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Panel Aug 25

August 3, 2015 by

Join RMFW for a fabulous evening of book talk and fun. Authors at the 2015 Writer of the Year Panel include Shannon Baker (Moderator and 2014 Writer of the Year) and this year’s Writer of the Year finalists, Susan Spann (2015 Writer of the Year), Joan Johnston, and Cindi Myers. Our panelists will present a discussion entitled "Ask an Author about Writing and Publishing." Door prizes, including one RMFW Conference free admission and one-on-one lunches with publishers and authors, will be drawn throughout the evening.

Writer of the Year Panel
Tuesday, August 25th
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tattered Cover Colfax
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
Public Welcome

CIPA July Program

July 6, 2015 by

CIPA Program: 10 Steps to a Hardworking Website

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Time: 11 am – 12:15 pm

Recorded with slides, worksheet

Cost: $15/members, $25/nonmembers

Register at CIPA’s website,

(Registration deadline is 24 hours prior to webinar to allow us time to get the link out to everyone who registers before the event.)

Your website is the center of your online marketing. But is your website working hard for you – or hardly working? This webinar covers some of the basic things you should know about your website:

· What you need to create a new website.

· Where to get a domain name and how to select one.

· What are my website options?

· Where should I host my site? (And what is hosting, anyway?)

· How to assess if you need to update or redo your site.

· Effective website planning.

· Best practices when working with a web developer.

· What kind of expenses should you plan for?

· How to make the most of your website once it’s done.

· How long will my site last?

Presented by Corrinda Campbell of Small Business WP Services, hosted by Mary Walewski of Buy the Book Marketing.

CIPA Webinar

June 9, 2015 by

Webinar: Our 20 Biggest Self Publishing Boo-Boos!

This webinar’s focus is on self-publishing BIG BLUNDERING BOO-BOOs!

Industry professionals say they can spot a self-published book a mile away. In this webinar, we’re going to point out the top twenty red flags that scream THIS BOOK IS SELF-PUBLISHED so you can avoid them.

Join Polly Letofsky of My Word Publishing, and Mary Walewski of Buy the Book Marketing as they steer you past these boo-boos and save you heaps of headaches (and money).

When: Thursday, June 18, 2015 (Registration deadline is 24 hours prior to webinar to allow us time to get the link out to everyone who registers before the event.)

Time: 11 am – 12:15 pm

Cost: $15/members, $25/nonmembers

Recorded w/ slides, worksheet.

Register at

AUTHOR U June 6 Program

May 31, 2015 by

Author U Packs Essential Info into June 6 program

The annual AuthorU Extravaganza is over and the evals from the 25 sessions were excellent. On June 6th, you’re you will get the Best of the Best with several AuthorU veterans recapping the highlights of from the Extravaganza and outline how to use the information right away at its monthly Saturda y workshop.

Nick Zelinger, Kelly Johnson, Susie Scott and Judith Briles will recreate and discuss the top-rated sessions with key points and action steps to take over the summer months. The workshop takes place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at Garcia’s Restaurant DTC, 5050 S. Syracuse St. (I-25 & Belleview -– Syracuse is east of I-25 when you exit at Belleview).

Among the topics: How to Beat Amazon at its Own Game (very hot at 7:05 am on a snowy day!), How to Identify and Claim Your Expertise, What IngramSpark can Do for You (special deal just for AuthorU attendees), What Super Readers are and Why You Should Care, Why Discovering Your Super Fans Will Grow Your Book Sales, and Why You Need to Move into Podcasting Now and What it Takes to Make an Impact (or how to grow an audience of one to over 200,000 in a short time).

The cost is $20 for AuthorU members and $35 for nonmembers until May 30, and includes a full breakfast. Prices increase by $10 on June 1. Register at

4 May, 2015 11:02

May 4, 2015 by

Author Success!
A Local Author Shares His Secrets

Presented by Mark Stevens

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Free breakfast and coffee
8:30 a.m. – Noon

Church of Scientology*
2340 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80205

$20 for CIPA Members by 6pm Friday before Event
$30 for Nonmembers, Guests, Member Door Pricing

Register at:

What does it take to write novels that are good enough to become local best sellers and earn places as finalists in writing contests? Mark Stevens, the local best-selling author of Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan, Trapline, and the forthcoming Lake of Fire. will provide insight into how to get good at the craft of writing, how to translate those skills into a novel that can sell, a nd how to promote your work. But what if you are a writer of nonfiction? This presentation is for you, too, because many of the things Mark will talk about can be applied to memoirs and other nonfiction projects.

Mark Stevens is the author of four books in the Allison Coil Mystery series: Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan, Trapline, and the forthcoming Lake of Fire. He has been a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, The Rocky Mountain News, and The Denver Post,was a national field producer for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and has worked in school public relations. He now owns his own public relations and strategic communications business. Mark lives in Denver with his wife and his two grown daughters. Antler Dust has been a local best seller and Trapline is a finalist for the 2015 Colorado Book Awards, as well as a finalist for the CAL Writing Awards.

CIPA EVVY Awards Open for Submissions

April 23, 2015 by

Book awards open doors for authors. Book awards with good reputations are noted by others in the industry.

The Colorado Independent Publishers Association announces its 21st annual CIPA EVVY book competition is open for submissions. The CIPA EVVYs are one of the longest-running book awards on the Indie publishing scene, and it’s become an international competition with entrants from as far away as Russia and Dubai. The 2014 competition had its highest-ever category submissions at 280 in fifty book categories. The CIPA EVVYs continue to provide an excellent way for independent authors to gain recognition for their hard work. The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2015. The awards banquet is August 22, 2015.

Book competitions offer great publicity for your book, and a number of CIPA EVVY winners have pulled down sweet distribution deals because they’ve won!

The CIPA EVVYs have lasted because of the judging. It’s tough—the way a book competition should be. Our judges are agents, English professors, and professional review ers, working for some of the most prestigious publications in the industry.

One CIPA EVVY winner was able to leverage her first place award in Children’s story book to win in other, larger book competitions—the New England Book Festival. Another CIPA EVVY winner who took the Past President’s award for the most points scored in the 2011 competition went on to place in the national Indie Book Awards contest.

CIPA EVVYs are open to books published from 2012 onwards. The winner of last year’s president’s award (for the highest points scored overall), has found that the award makes him and his book far more acceptable to his reading public.

Five-time CIPA EV VY award winner and author coach Teresa Funke, notes: “I’ve been the lucky recipient of five CIPA EVVY awards over the last eleven years for my novel, my short story collection, and two of my children’s books. Why do I continue to enter the contest? Because CIPA is doing something very important with these awards . . . they are recognizing and honoring high-qualify self-published books of all genres and bringing credibility to the efforts we make as independent authors. CIPA was providing positive attention to our books long before many credible sources would even consider looking at self-published authors. Each year, the contest has grown stronger and more impressive, proof that we, as an industry, are moving forward. I’m proud to be a CIPA EVVY winner not just because it means that my books are good, but also because it puts quality indie books on a par with those that are traditionally published. And, frankly, it’s fun once in a while to get dressed up and go celebrate our achievements with fellow authors who have worked just as hard as we have!”

Visit There are 42 regular categories and 8 technical categories to choose from. Join in one of the best book competition in the Rocky Mountains!


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