The Authors Guild

Short Description
We advocate for the rights of writers; We fight for fair contracts and a living wage & We create community

Location: NationalnnServices:Classes and Workshops; Information and Research; Legal AssistancennDisciplines:LiteraturennOrganization Type:For-ProfitnnThe Guild advocates for authors on issues of copyright; fair contracts; free speech and tax fairness; and has initiated lawsuits in defense of authors’ rights; where necessary. We represent authors on the Hill; in state legislatures; and in government agencies. Recently; we have fought in several major court battles to protect authors’ copyrights; including our lawsuits against Google Books and HathiTrust; and we have worked to establish fair royalty rates for both e-books and print books. Learn more about some of our success stories here.nnOur members have access to a broad range of legal and web services. The Guild’s legal staff reviews members’ book and freelance contracts and intervenes in publishing disputes. We provide liability insurance at group rates; a Back-in-Print program; and a free subscription to our quarterly Bulletin; as well as host and help develop members’ websites. Our new; re-designed website includes a more robust member directory (searchable by numerous categories); an events calendar; member forums for you to share information and ideas with your fellow writers; daily and weekly news updates; digital archives of the Bulletin and recorded seminars. We also hold in-person and phone-in seminars and symposia on issues critical to the writing life; and more informal gatherings throughout the country.

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