Can you please state the use-case of publishing first and then replicating content in Author ?
Author: This is the environment where you, and your colleagues, will input your content and administrate the system. Publish:This environment holds the content you have made available to visitors to your website; be it public, or within your intranet.
Assume you have one author instance namely author and two publish instances namely publish1 & publish2. The contents activated for site "/content/geometrixx/en" should get replicated only to publish1 and similarly contents activated for site "/content/geometrixx/de" should get replicated only to publish2.