Alan Eisenberg


Alan Eisenberg is an author, life coach, founder of Bullying Recovery, LLC, and eLearning producer creating video, print, and multimedia material for over 25 years. He is also a survivor of youth bullying and has turned that experience into being an anti-bullying activist and blogger. In 2007, Alan started his blog site about the long-term effects of bullying at Since its inception, the site has had well over a million visitors. More recently, Alan has written a biography of his experience dealing with the C-PTSD, anxiety, and depression that developed due to the years of bullying he experienced as a youth called "A Ladder In The Dark". Alan is the founder and managing director of Bullying Recovery, LLC, whose mission it is to help those who suffer from the long-term effects of bullying (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or C-PTSD) to find the help they so desperately need by providing media, materials, and support through links to seek and receive the help needed to recover. Alan is also married and a proud father of two grown young men.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was called "The The" and was a horror story that I wrote when I was about 7. My sister had written a horror story, so we competed to write our stories. I also wrote a story in third grade called "The Picker In Pete's Nose", which was about a person who could shrink down and get all the "mess" out of someone's nose. While the teacher gave the story an "A", she chose not to display it in the class due to the interesting "subject matter". I knew early on that my unique style of writing would hopefully find a home other than a third grade board at some point.
What is your writing process?
I began my process for my first book by spending seven years writing stories on my blog. At some point, I realized that those stories, along with some I had not put there, would make a good book if compiled right.

Since my mind collects and stores my stories, my usual style is to try to outline and write character names up-front, but really do most of my writing from my mind as it is there waiting to come out. With my own short patience, it's easier for me to write it all up-front first and then go back and fix all the mistakes or duplication I have. I depend on some great editors as well to make sure that the book is written well for the audience and not just me.
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Preview Commercial - A Ladder In the Dark
One minute commercial preview of "A Ladder In The Dark" book.


Crossing The Line
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,440. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Coming of age
Four high school teens are going to find out just how much a bully target can take, before they decide that they can take no more. What lines will be crossed? On the surface, Berryville, Kansas looks to be a perfect Midwest town to raise a family. But hiding in plain sight are the issues of teen bullying and the effects it has on the students at Lincoln High School.
A Ladder In The Dark: My Journey From Bullying To Self-acceptance
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,070. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This true and inspirational story of Alan Eisenberg's life offers a raw and honest portrait of a bullying survivor. Alan's story takes you on a journey that, in the end, leads to recovery and solutions to help heal from the trauma of the long-term effects of bullying. He tried to suppress the childhood trauma brought on by bullying, but has to confront it when anxiety and depression set in.
Standing By
Price: Free! Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American
A one-act 30 minute play about high school students dealing with the various forms of bullying that go on in their lives. The play takes a hard and honest look at what high school students go through on a daily basis to deal with the bullying that happens to them. Many of the stories in the play are based on real life experiences of high school students.

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Smashwords book reviews by Alan Eisenberg

  • A Life Awakening: Whispers from Within. Ethan Elliot Series, Book One. on Dec. 17, 2016

    In Ryan Stevenson's first arc of the trilogy of Ethan Elliot, called "A Life Awakening", we are introduced to William, a spirit guide who narrates this particular chapter in the life of Ethan Elliot, who is dealing with a love lost and figuring out how to go through life. The perspective of William as Ethan's spirit guide allows for great creativity of storytelling. We see the perspective of someone observing, but rarely if even interfering with someone's life, but allowing (creatively) to speak about what might have been. As William explains in the book: "As Ethan's spirit guide, I could never directly interfere with his free will. I couldnt say, "No Ethan, don't take that path - stay on course." Yet, as many ultimately discover, most who do get sidetracked to explore untouched areas of their lives end up coming to a dead end. Yet there is always something to be learned from every failure in life; the trick is not to let one's ego believe otherwise." These perspectives from William is what really make the book unique and quite a good read for a first-time author like Ryan. He crafts his tale rapidly, with a book that only comes in at 60 pages. Like a lot of early writers, Ryan does not develop his characters enough to yet care about them or always understand their motives. Things happen very rapidly and many characters are introduced, but we get little information about them. That said, this is the beginning of a trilogy of stories about William and Ethan, and I think it is a good first start to establishing the concept of the spirit guide and the lessons that many of us learn in life. It was an enjoyable read, but just missed with needing more character development.