Media Liability Insurance

The Authors Guild has an agreement with AXIS PRO, the world’s leading underwriter of media liability insurance, to offer Guild members professional liability insurance. Members interested in coverage may complete the application form below to find out the premiums for their proposed insurance coverage. In order to receive a quote, please submit the Authors Guild Application for AXIS PRO WriteInsure Liability Policy [doc] to:

Mary Beth Ryan
John Buttine Inc.
33 East 33rd Street, Suite 506
New York, NY 10016
(212) 697-1010 ext 22
(212) 986-2822 (Fax)

Coverage is available under the program, known as WriteInsure, for book authorship, freelance writing (including blogging on blogs owned by others,) and blog sites that you own and operate. The insurance covers claims of libel, invasion of privacy, copyright or trademark infringement, plagiarism, errors and omissions, and other related risks. AXIS PRO offers four levels of coverage through WriteInsure, ranging from $100,000 per claim (with an aggregate payment limit of $300,000) to $1,000,000 per claim (with an aggregate payment limit of $1,000,000). Higher limits are available. The program covers legal expenses incurred in defending a claim and any monetary damages due to judgments or settlements you may be required to pay. The “self-insured retention” (similar to a deductible) ranges from $2,500 to $5,000, depending on the amount of coverage you purchase.

For more details, see the FAQ, or to complete an application, click on the link below. The Authors Guild is offering this insurance as a benefit of membership and receives no compensation through its agreement with AXIS PRO. You must be a member in good standing to take advantage of this offer.

FAQ [pdf]
Application [doc]