“How to Be a Published Author” Free In-Person Lecture

Post by Jessa Burtis, Contributing Editor

Dear readers, writers, and aspiring authors,

Please join an in-person lecture by author Alex Shaland on how to write and publish your own book. Alex will share his writing and publishing experience at this event, hosted by the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR).

Event Details:

Date: March 13, 2024

Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Location: Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

  • Address: 1834 E. 123rd St., Cleveland, Ohio  44106-1910
  • Phone: 216-721-9020

This event is free and open to the public. You can click the link to register:  Register here.

To find out more about the event, click the link here: About the Event

About the Lecture:

Join Alex Shaland’s presentation on the process of writing, editing, and publishing a book, from the first moments of inspiration to marketing your work. You will be able to deepen your knowledge and confidence of publishing, guided by Alex’s own experience writing and publishing his books. Topics covered during the lecture include:

  • Why do you want to write your book?
  • Selecting the subject for your book.
  • Writing your story.
  • Receiving feedback.
  • Editing your manuscript.
  • Choosing how to publish your book.
  • Navigating the publishing process the hard way.
  • Finally, your book is published, so what’s next? Or, how to promote your book once it is published.

To learn more about Alex and his adventures in writing travel and children’s books, click here: About Alex Shaland

To find Alex’s books, click the titles below:

“Suburbanites on Safari”:   https://amzn.to/2NYgSpv

Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari”: https://amzn.to/3FjmS6Q

“Jackie the Penguin Goes to Madagascar”:  https://amzn.to/3NQ2RLm



Alex Shaland Presents Writers Workshop on October 19

Add about Alex Shaland's presentation on October 19.

Please join Alex Shaland for this all ages writers workshop at the Coventry Branch of Heights Libraries! 

Alex will also share adventures from his book, “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari: A Story of One Little Penguin who Wanted to Meet the Wild Animals of Africa.”

Coventry Branch Library Address: 1925 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Date and Time: October 19, 2023; 6:30 – 7:30 PM 

Link to the event on the Library Website


Storytelling with Photos

Alex Shaland and lemur

The Cleveland Photo Fest Presents:
A free in-person presentation “Storytelling with Photos”

Presented by: Alex Shaland

Date and Time:  December 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Location:  Bostwick Design Art Initiative Building, 2731 Prospect Rd, Cleveland, OH 44115 (Parking at East Side of Building)

Alex Shaland is a travel photographer and the author of two adventure books: “Suburbanites on Safari” and “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari.” In this entertaining presentation he will explain how his life-long passions for travel photography and creative writing merged into his published books.

Alex and his wife Irene explored more than 80 countries around the world. This presentation features many images he took during their travels. The emphasis is on photography used in their books. Three of Irene’s five books are richly illustrated with Alex’s photographs. In two of his own books, his creative writing and images help Alex to tell an entertaining and engaging story.

Irene’s and Alex’s books will be on display. Founders of the GTA Books publishing company, Irene and Alex will be delighted to share their experience with anybody interested in writing and publishing a book of their own.

Alex Shaland and his children's book

About Alex Shaland

Alex Shaland started his writing career in the 1990s, contributing articles and book chapters for several Penton Publishing periodicals and other publications. In addition to his own writing, he collaborated as an editor and photographer with his wife, Irene Shaland, in producing four books and articles published in numerous magazines in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and East Africa.

Alex’s photographs have appeared in over 20 print publications and online sources including Holiday Magazine (France/U.K.), The Boston Forward, Tikkun, ZEEK, Diarna Digital Heritage Mapping, Hackwriters(U.K.), IMAGE Magazine, ROMAR Travel, Design World Magazine and other journals printed in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Korea, and Kenya. Alex had several solo travel photography shows and participated in group exhibitions in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Ohio.

Following his first adventure book for adults “Suburbanites on Safari,” Alex’s children’s book “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari” was published in May of 2022.

Learn more about Alex Shaland and Alex Shaland Books: “Jackie the Penguin Goes on Safari” and “Suburbanites on Safari.”

Image of Alex and lemur courtesy of Anatoly Zaydes.