We welcome published book authors as well as freelance and self-published writers who earn a qualifying level of income from their work. Please see our eligibility criteria for more details. Yearly dues, which are tax-deductible, are $125 for new members. If you have any questions, please get in touch using our Contact form.

Your Voice Matters

Everything in the digital age may seem to operate under new rules, but the conversation about the relationship between art and commerce is age-old, and artists must be part of it. It is in our interest to speak with one voice. The Authors Guild was founded over 100 years ago by a group of authors to do just that—to be the collective voice of authors. As Authors Guild Vice President Richard Russo says in his open letter:

“While it’s pretty to think that our way of life will endure, there’s no guarantee. The writing life is ours to defend. Protecting it also happens to be the mission of the Authors Guild…”

Heirs and representatives of an author's estate, literary agents, and attorneys can join as Members at Large.

To join by mail, you can print the following form: Membership Application Form (PDF).