Author Learning Center FAQs

 

What is the Author Learning Center?
What are the benefits of the ALC?
As an AuthorHouse author, what are the details of the ALC subscription?
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?
How do I begin my 12-month free subscription and gain access to the ALC?
Who should I contact if I’m having issues logging into my ALC account?
Why do I have to give my credit card number?
Can I get a credit or swap out the ALC 12-month subscription in my publishing package for cash, goods or other services?
Can I opt out of the ALC subscription?
Can I cancel the 12-month subscription?
 


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.

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As an AuthorHouse author, what are the details of the ALC subscription?

As of March 7, 2011, a 12-month subscription is included in all publishing packages giving you access to all the ALC content.

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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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How do I begin my 12-month free subscription and gain access to the ALC?

Your Check-In Coordinator will provide you with your log-in details.

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Who should I contact if I’m having issues logging into my ALC account?

You can contact an ALC representative in the following ways:

E-mail:authorsupport@authorlearningcenter.com

Phone: 866-697-5312

Postal Address:
Author Learning Center
1663 Liberty Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403

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Why do I have to give my credit card number?

Entry of your credit card number is required in order to complete the registration on ALC. However, your card will not be charged for 12 months. If you do not cancel your ALC account before the 12 months free subscription expires, your card on file will automatically be charged to renew the annual subscription.

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Can I get a credit or swap out the ALC 12-month subscription in my publishing package for cash, goods or other services?

No, the subscription cannot be redeemed for cash, credit or other services or books.

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Can I opt out of the ALC subscription?

Yes, you can opt out of the ALC subscription by simply not registering for the ALC account.

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Can I cancel the 12-month subscription?

Yes, you can cancel. There is absolutely no obligation to continue the ALC subscription beyond the period of your choice. Any time during your 12-month subscription, you can simply delete the account in your ALC profile or by contacting an ALC representative. Please note: Once you cancel your subscription, you must pay for a subscription if you decide to sign up for the ALC again in the future.

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