History

The Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional society of published authors, representing more than 9,000 writers. The Authors Guild and its parent organization, the Authors League of America, have achieved much for individual authors through the collective power and voice of their members–from improvement of contracts and royalty statements, to protection of authors’ rights under the First Amendment, to the redress of damaging tax inequities.

The Guild’s legal staff reviews its members’ publishing and agency contracts, intervenes in publishing disputes, and holds seminars and symposia on issues of importance to writers. The Guild also lobbies on the national and local levels on behalf of all authors on issues such as copyright, taxation, and freedom of expression. Reports to members bring them up to date on professional issues of immediate importance, and give them the information necessary to negotiate from a position of strength.