Author Learning Center FAQs


What is the Author Learning Center?
What are the benefits of the ALC?
How often is the content on the ALC updated?
Who are the ALC experts?
How can I become an ALC expert?
What is the “Author’s Space” on the ALC website?
What is the “Book Launch Tool” on the ALC website?
What is the “Author’s Circle” on the ALC website?
What topics are covered on the ALC?
In what formats are the educational resources delivered?


What is the Author Learning Center?

The Author Learning Center (ALC) is an online education resource designed to help authors succeed in writing, publishing and marketing their book projects. One of the publishing industry's largest collections of content, the ALC offers guidance to enhance writing style, help writers set deadlines and goals – and stick with them to the end – guide writers toward book completion, expedite the publishing process and plan effective marketing. Until now, the path from writer to author has been a complicated – and often frustrating – affair. The ALC can help writers reach their publishing goal through education, motivation and inspiration.

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What are the benefits of the ALC?

  • Education tools in multiple formats: Our growing library of content means authors choose the type of material that fits their learning style, whether they prefer to read articles, watch videos, attend webinars and workshops or interact with other learners.
  • Social community of peers: You gain access to a social community of peers, the Author’s Circle, to provide feedback and support
  • Accessible 24/7: Online access means you can learn at your convenience.
  • Access to industry experts and professional authors: Can join the conversation and learn directly from the pros during live online webinars or by viewing our unique "Ask the Expert" and "Ask the Author" segments.


How often is the content on the ALC updated?

Fresh content is added weekly.

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Who are the ALC experts?

  • Traditional and self-published authors
  • Literary Publishers
  • Editors
  • Literary Planners
  • Marketing Brand Managers
  • Experienced Literary Marketing Executives

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How can I become an ALC expert?

If you are an expert in writing, publishing, and/or marketing, you may e-mail us at authorlearningcenter@authorsolutions.com to learn more about becoming one of our experts.

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What is the “Author’s Space” on the ALC website?

The Author’s Space is your personal homepage on the ALC website where you can manage the following tasks:

  • Keep track of all of your books in progress, including at-a-glance updates of any writing, publishing and marketing learning resources.
  • Customize your Author’s Space with a photo and brief biography.
  • Organize your personal list of ALC resources. The key section of the Author’s Space is the Author Development area, a portal to a library of educational content. The ALC recommends the type of materials you may find useful, based on where you are in your author journey, as well as previous searches.
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What is the “Book Launch Tool” on the ALC website?

Because accountability is one of the keys to achieving any goal, you will be asked to set a date for your publishing goal when you first visit the ALC. Every time you visit the ALC, you will have gentle reminders of each upcoming deadline in your book writing journey. This will help you keep track of your progress and make sure you are on track to meet your deadline.

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What is the “Author’s Circle” on the ALC website?

The Author’s Circle is a mentoring resource with the following features:

  • Specially invited guests can review and comment on work-in-progress or simply offer encouragement to help you reach publishing goals.
  • Each book has its own Author’s Circle.
  • Each Circle can have up to seven members.
  • You are in control of who gets invited to join your Circle(s), and in turn may be invited to help mentor other authors by joining their Circles.

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What topics are covered on the ALC?

The topics covered on the ALC are writing, publishing and marketing.

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In what formats are the educational resources delivered?

  • Videos featuring industry experts, which fall into two categories:
    • Ask the Expert: An up close and personal seat with publishing industry experts as they share industry secrets and advice.
    • Ask the Author: Lets writers peer into the minds of established authors looking to share their expertise.
  • Podcasts available for download
  • Webinars, both live and on demand
  • Interviews
  • Articles

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