Thank you for your reply. I'm sure that as a moderator you know this stuff inside and out, and I'm guessing it's very frustrating for you to answer questions from someone like me who is rather code challenged. However, I don't give up easily, and I had read all of those pages (plus dozens of pages that they linked to, trying to get explanations for the explanations) before I posted my question. After you post, I went back and tried to read them again. I'm more confused than ever.
If understanding WP is like a foreign language, I'm at the stage where I can tell someone my name and where I'm from, that's it. So I'm trying to keep things simple. The reason I chose WP is that review after review touted the ease of use. I know that many people do much more involved, difficult things with it as well, but I'm not one of them. I'm trying to set up some simple sites. I've been able to do everything I want thus far - change the way things look, their placement and color, etc. Two days ago I didn't know what a CSS was and now I'm editing them.
I'm giving you this background to let you know that I tried. I tried to solve this myself. I read everything I could in the documentation and the forums. I downloaded half a dozen different author template codes and tried to figure out what to do with them. I got as far as getting an author template to appear in the template drop down on the page write page, but I get an error if I try to click on a page created with that template.
I'm not trying to do anything complicated. Linking to an author's info should not be this difficult. My head is spinning with "codex" and "template page" and "php" and hard as I try, I can't figure out how to put it all together in a way that will work. The documentation is very confusing and the forum answers are over my head. A new user should not have to spend 24 hours stuck on this one thing. Please try to look at this from the perspective of someone who is not a "computer person."
Is WP not for me? I won't be insulted. Or, since I've figured out everything else I needed to do for my sites, can I pay someone to show me, step by step, how to set up this particular aspect? Or is there something out there I'm not finding like cformsII that lays it all out for me without me having to creat pages and write code? I'm completely stuck.
Sorry for the long post. It's the result of reading reply after reply to other newbies' questions that were insulting and rude (not yours, the ones I had to read to try to figure this out).