☛ Authors should not be required to write or speak without compensation. Writers, like all professionals, should receive fair payment for their work.
Sometimes you may want to offer your services free, out of friendship or charity or public spirit. That is your choice. But no one is entitled to demand that you write or speak gratis—"for exposure," as they say.
If you’d like support in declining an offer, here’s our statement for you to quote in your response. We stand behind you: Writers’ work is essential to our culture and should be valued and treated with respect.
The Authors Guild condemns the practice of nonpayment of writers by profitable publications. This practice is unethical and degrading, and it erodes the trust and integrity that should provide the foundation of a reputable publication.