Once again this year the Guild is excited to be part of BookExpo America in New York City. To coincide with this year's conference, we're announcing the rollout of the Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative, a series of commentaries we will publish in the coming months to take a fresh look at the standard book publishing contract. Our guiding principle for this new initiative is to restore balance to the author-publisher relationship and help authors achieve a fair return for the efforts they contribute to the joint venture of book publication.

These commentaries, which will be published here at authorsguild.org, will first address the major inequities in many boilerplate contract terms today, and then move on to educate authors on the standard contract terms that publishers often will change if pressed, but which too many authors don't know to negotiate.

Take a look at the launch statement, which we'll be distributing at BEA on Thursday and Friday. And follow our Twitter feed at @AuthorsGuild for updates.