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September 29, 2011

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The dream of every writer is to publish a book. But maybe you’ve never had the tools needed to get from starting that first page to holding your book in your hands.

You have the ability. And you probably have lots of great ideas. All you really need is the motivation and the means to turn your writing potential into a published work and market your book to the audience it deserves.

That’s where the Author Learning Center comes in. It has everything a writer needs - from tips to tools to an online support network - to make your goal of publishing your book a reality.

Here you’ll discover three resources you won’t find anywhere else:

First, you’ll have continuous access to how-to author advice from experts in the fields of writing, publishing and marketing. It’s a wealth of innovative information available in a variety of learning formats, including Live and on-demand webinars; Podcasts; Articles; and Ask-the-Expert videos

Second, you’ll have your own Author’s Space. Here, you can build a profile, and get recommendations on additional topics you might want to consider based on your book and your goals.

Third, and perhaps most important, you’ll have access to your own Book Development Tool. This online dashboard will help you stay on schedule for your desired publication date and offer task-specific content when you need it most.

And for valuable one-on-one advice on the best writing, publishing and marketing approaches, you’ll have the ability to build your own Author’s Community to motivate, critique and promote your work through a group of individuals with whom you can share your progress, while they inspire you on through your final goal—a published book.

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Monique Carden - January 29, 2015 at 11:08PM ET

Monique Carden Hello, I too am trying to get started I am also asking for help and support, I too am looking for names and emails. How do I get in touch with my person who will be checking with me, this is also my first book as well.
Bettie Neal - December 18, 2014 at 03:46AM ET

My only child died May, 2014. She left a manuscript of her experiences living with severe sickle cell disease. As her mother, it is my desire, with all the help I can get, to publish her story.
raymond bridges - July 01, 2014 at 10:20AM ET

Hi my poems is in two books in the net ,to start is something new for me .i need help .My book is in Afrikaans .hope some will buy it,smile
cheryl waiters - March 10, 2014 at 02:27AM ET

when do we get started
Jimoh Braimoh - November 25, 2013 at 07:21AM ET

Hello, i'm trying to set up my author's circle but i dont know how to get started. I was asked for names and email. How do i get the names and email addresses of other writers that can help me through the publishing process of my book? (being my very first).
ALC Community Manager - November 25, 2013 at 03:33PM ET

Hello Jimoh, Click on the “Books” tab above, select a book project (or add one if you haven’t yet). You can invite up to 7 people to an author circle just by clicking on the "+" icon at the top of the books page. Simply enter an email address of a friend, critique partner, writing buddy, or so forth... and they will receive an invitation to join your circle. Once they do, they'll receive notice of your status updates. This can include the automatic updates that are posted when you set the progress bar on a certain task or when you complete all the tasks in a tab... and it can include the status updates you post manually. Hope this helps! Best wishes on your project!
Jose Reyes - May 05, 2013 at 08:14PM ET

Hi! I uploaded my first Kindle book (It is really a short article, 32 pages), as an experiment, just to start moving. I came to America already old, am an introverted kind of person and have no idea about who I could invite to my author's circle. If I become a paid member, could I get help with this? Could I find somebody within the ALC willing to help me?
ALC Community Manager - May 09, 2013 at 07:31AM ET

Hello Jose, The Author’s Circle does provide you with other like-minded individuals to share ideas and motivations with. We have tons of great content on the topic of writers groups as well, like Also, don’t forget to check out the “Related Content” that comes up with each item. As you go through the content, take notes about key words and concepts of interest to you and then search on them (upper right corner of the website) and you’ll find even more content!
martin robillard - March 10, 2012 at 08:51PM ET

I have a question. How is a reading/signing of an AutoBio done? How would you do it. Would you read sections of the book, answer questions to those that have them (as I have done) or actually read the book for 15 or so minutes and then take questions and hope for lots of sales.
GypsySpirit - August 24, 2012 at 12:59PM ET

Hi Martin - I'd read a section of the book and then elaborate on it, enhance the story with details that may not have been in the book or with info on how it felt to write that portion of the book. Share your goal with the book -- what kind of questions you were trying to answer or what human condition were you exploring? Give them an insight beyond what the auto bio includes. Then definitely open the floor for questions.
DARRELL JOHNSON - November 19, 2011 at 10:48PM ET

I'm not a writer. I'm just a person, an observer of someone else living a life. An observer recording a life lived from outside that body. It wasn't until I awoke as an old man that I realized that my life was different than others. I see that now, after watching and discovering my difference in life and the way I see LIFE first hand. The Author Learning Center is WONDERFUL.
Thomas - November 12, 2011 at 04:21AM ET

I am really excited about the learning Center. Most of the articles are very helpful. The problem for me is coming up with a schedule of steps. I am a structure person. I need some help in establishing a step 1 23 etc. Occasionally, I make a phone call but the person on the other end does not seem to understand me. So I'm a little frustrated at this point.
GypsySpirit - January 27, 2012 at 05:00PM ET

Hi Thomas -- check out the book launch tool here on the Author Learning Center. It organizes content by common tasks for writing, publishing, and marketing. You can complete each task, re-arrange the tasks, make notes, delete tasks that don't apply to you, and view content that supports you in completing the tasks. Soon you'll even be able to add your own custom tasks. To do this, choose the BOOKS tab at the top of your author space (once you log in). Then, add a book project, scroll down, and you'll see the three tabs for writing, publishing, and marketing.
Joel F. Blakely and Brenda Klutz Blakely - November 03, 2011 at 10:49PM ET

I want articles. I prefer reading over listening or watching. Are there such animals on this site. Secondly, I am looking for an editing program/software that will work well with MS Word, give me suggestions and point out flaws in grammar and context. I have looked at WhiteSmoke-not for me- and Grammarly-I may consider this. But I would like suggestions. thanks,
GypsySpirit - November 11, 2011 at 10:58PM ET

Hi Joel & Brenda, Yes, there are literally hundreds of articles on the Author Learning Center. When you view the content it will have options to watch, listen, or read... depending on whether the content is available as a video, podcast, or article.
Joel F. Blakely and Brenda Klutz Blakely - November 15, 2011 at 03:13AM ET

All I see is watch and listen I haven't seen read but I will keep watching. Do you know of a good editing software program? thanks, Brenda
GypsySpirit - November 15, 2011 at 04:05PM ET

Joel - an example of an article you can read is the interview with John Locke. It's highlighted in the top of the home page but you can also search for it. I don't have any recommendations for editing software, sorry.
Joel F. Blakely and Brenda Klutz Blakely - November 16, 2011 at 12:31AM ET

I read that, it was very helpful, thanks. I have also found a few others. I am finally rolling. I appreciate the reply. Have a great day,

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