The Authors Guild is a professional organization dedicated to supporting and protecting the writing life for all working and aspiring authors. We offer services that span the entire professional life of a writer, from guidance on the process of selling a book to agents and publishers, to advice and contract reviews, to resources on marketing, branding and promotion. Our advocacy efforts ensure that all authors have a voice within the publishing industry and on Capitol Hill, and that writing as a livelihood is protected for years to come.

Join to know your rights as a working author. Join to support our fight for those rights. Join to build community with your fellow writers.


 

Find the membership level that’s right for you:

 

Full Membership (includes Regular and Associate Members)
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Regular Membership: Traditionally published authors with at least 1 published book; self-published authors who have made at least $5,000 in the past 18 months from their writing; and freelance writers who have published 3+ pieces or made $5,000 in the past 18 months.

Associate Membership: Writers who have received a contract offer from a traditional publisher or an offer of representation from a literary agent; self-published authors or freelance writers who have made at least $500 in the past 18 months from their writing.

Benefits include contract reviews; publishing industry updates and advice; legal advice and forms; marketing and social media advice; website building and hosting; access to members-only workshops, seminars and events; a print and digital subscription to the Authors Guild Bulletin, our quarterly publication of publishing and legislative news; discounted media liability insurance; listing in our member profiles; exclusive discounts on services and goods designed to help you with your writing business, as well as discounts on hotels, car rentals, and more.

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Dues: $125


Emerging Writer Membership
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Dedicated writers who are actively seeking to publish their work, but have not yet published a book and do not meet the income thresholds for regular membership.

Benefits include publishing industry updates and advice; marketing and social media advice; website building and hosting; access to members-only workshops, seminars, and events, digital access to the Authors Guild Bulletin; discounted media liability insurance; listing in our member profiles; exclusive discounts on services and goods designed to help you with your writing business, as well as discounts on hotels, car rentals, and more. If you have a contract you would like us to review or require other legal services, please apply at the full membership level.

Dues: $100

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Student Membership
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College and graduate students interested in pursuing writing professionally in the future.

Benefits include publishing industry updates and advice; marketing and social media advice; access to members-only workshops, seminars, and events; digital access to the Authors Guild Bulletin; discounted media liability insurance; listing in our member profiles; exclusive discounts on services and goods designed to help you with your writing business, as well as discounts on hotels, car rentals, and more. If you have a contract for review or require other legal services please apply for Full Membership. If you’d like to receive web services, please apply for Emerging Writer Membership.

Dues: $35

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Member-At-Large Membership
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Established literary agents and editors; heirs, executors or trustees of the estates of deceased authors; or attorneys and accountants representing authors.

Benefits include publishing industry updates and advice; legal advice; website building and hosting; access to member-only workshops; seminars and events; a print and digital subscription to the Authors Guild Bulletin; listing in our member profiles; exclusive discounts on hotels, car rentals, and more.

Dues: $125

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).