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:

 

Professional Membership (includes Regular and Associate Members)
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Regular Membership: Traditionally published authors with at least 1 published book in the U.S.; 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 U.S. publisher or an offer of representation from a U.S. 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.

Dues: $125

More about Professional Membership benefits

Questions about the application process? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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 professional 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. This category does not include legal help at this time.

Dues: $100

More about Emerging Writer Membership benefits

Questions about the application process? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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. This category does not include legal help or web services at this time.

Dues: $35

More about Student Writer Membership benefits

Questions about the application process? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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; or publicists or other publishing professionals.

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


If you have questions about the application process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question or concern has already been addressed.