Have a question about the application process? Read through these Frequently Asked Questions first. If you don’t see an answer to your question, feel free to contact us.

I submitted an application. Am I a member yet?
Not quite! Your application needs to be reviewed by the Membership Committee, and you will receive a welcome email once your application has been approved and processed.

What can I expect after I submit an application?
The Membership Committee will contact you by email if they need more information from you. Documents typically requested include proof of income or a contract for a book that is not on the market yet. All sensitive information is kept confidential and used for internal purposes only.

How long does it take to process an application?
Most applications are processed in 3–5 business days. If you don’t hear from us within 2 weeks, however, please contact us to make sure we received your application.

What do you mean by traditional publisher?
Traditional publishers are typically selective, have considerable editorial oversight, provide some investment in the work, and allow the author to retain their copyright.

Does my contract (offer) need to be signed?
No.

What sorts of writing income do you look at?
Writing income can come from a number of sources including book royalties, hand sales, payment from magazine or newspaper publications, and literary awards. If you have proof of your writing income, we should be able to move forward with your application.

What constitutes freelance writing?
Freelance writing refers to nonfiction, fiction, or poetry appearing in publications not owned by you and typically vetted and edited by an editorial staff. Publications can be print or online magazines, newspapers, journals, or book anthologies.

Do you accept illustrators for Professional Membership?
Yes, under the same basic criteria as traditional or indie published book authors. If you have not published a book, then the Society of Illustrators, the Association of Illustrators, or the Graphic Artists Guild may better suit your needs.

I am hoping for a contract review if I’m accepted. When can I send in my request and how long does it take?
You should send in your contract for review once you have been accepted for membership. Our Legal Dept. typically takes 1–2 weeks to review a contract.

I’m not sure if I qualify. Should I apply?
Our guidelines can be found here, but if you’re still not sure it doesn’t hurt to apply so that the Membership Committee can review your qualifications and find which category is best for you.

I haven’t been published yet but I do have a contract offer from a publisher. Should I apply as an Emerging Writer or Professional?
You should apply for Professional Membership if you are looking to take advantage of our contract review services since Emerging Writer Members are not eligible for Legal Help at this time.

I’m a student with a contract offer. Should I apply as a Student or as a Professional?
You should apply for Professional Membership if you are looking to take advantage of our contract review services since Student Members are not eligible for Legal Help at this time.

I don’t think I qualify for Professional Membership yet, but I do have a legal question. What should I do?
Emerging Writers and Students have access to our Model Trade Contract, The Writer’s Legal Guide, and all of our legal seminars, which may have the answers you’re looking for.

I let my membership lapse, what should I do?
Please contact us so that we can check on your status and let you know how to proceed.