Throughout the year, we offer an array of seminars, panels, social gatherings and events for authors to keep you connected and informed about the legal and business side of writing.

We offer webinars and phone seminars on all aspects of the business of being an author and the book ecosystem, providing practical advice on a broad range of topics. We also provide in-person panel discussions and interviews on topics of interest to our members and sponsor social events throughout the country. Guild members have first—and often exclusive—access to these events. We also encourage our members to share literary events happening in their communities on our comprehensive Events Calendar, searchable by ZIP code.

Upcoming Seminars & Events:

The Digital Age Author: Best Practices in Marketing, Promotion, and Reader Engagement

In this six-session webinar series, publishing consultant Jane Friedman will teach you the principles and techniques for building your author platform—particularly online—and publishing and promoting your own work, whether traditionally or self-published, using the many new tools and platforms now available to writers. The first sessions will cover the foundational strategies that govern author platforms, with nuts-and-bolts discussions of author websites, blogs, e-mail newsletters, and social media. The last two sessions will look at the self-publishing landscape and what it takes to market and promote work in a predominantly online environment, regardless of how you publish.

Webinars are free for members, and $49 for non-members. (If you are a member, log in to get your promo code)

See the full schedule and register HERE

Members can view the recordings HERE

Past Seminars & Events:

A Writer’s Guide to the New Publishing Ecosystem
In this webinar series, in partnership with the Copyright Clearance Center, The Authors Guild will draw on its 100+ year history as the nation’s leading advocate for authors’ rights, as well as its extensive network of contacts within the publishing industry and in the legal and business communities, to present a series of ten webinars with the goal of ensuring that our nation’s authors—new and established, young and old alike—are positioned to thrive in today’s digital economy, so that our society as a whole can reap the benefits of a thriving and diverse literary culture into the next generation and beyond.

Watch the recordings in this series HERE


Agents and Agency: Building a Writing Career
Part two in our series with Electric Literature and The Authors Guild is this essential event on acquiring and working with a literary agent. Joining us will be Marya Spence of Kanlow & Nesbit Associates, Jacqueline Ko of Wylie Agency, and Anjali Singh of Ayesha Pande Literary, with Electric Literature’s Halimah Marcus moderating.

Watch the recording HERE


What Editors Want: Writing for the Web
A must for emerging writers: Electric Literature, The Center for Fiction and The Authors Guild have partnered together to present a series of events aimed at giving you the 101 when it comes to your career. In this first of the series, our panelists Yuka Igarashi (Soft Skull Press, Catapult,) Michelle Legro (New Republic,) and James Yeh (VICE) discussed how to pitch for online, and the ways in which writing for the web differs to print. Moderated by Dwyer Murphy of Electric Literature.

Watch the recording HERE


AWP 2017 Panel: Maximizing Your Value as an Author: Rights Exploitation and Developing Digital Markets
New technologies and business models have provided authors with new ways to distribute and repurpose their books—if they have the rights.. The legal and publishing experts on this panel will survey the myriad options now available for maximizing rights exploitation, including self-publishing, audio services, e-book and POD back-in-print programs, and more. The panel will also explore the importance of retaining rights and explain how to reclaim rights to out-of-print works.

Listen to the seminar recording HERE


Monetizing Your Content
This webinar explores the importance of retaining rights, and provides practical guidance on what rights to retain and how to reclaim rights to out-of-print works. But owning the rights is only the first step. The webinar also surveys the options available to authors for maximizing rights exploitation, including new audio formats, direct-to-library lending options, back-in-print programs, self-publishing, print-on-demand options, and more.

Watch the webinar recording HERE


Negotiating Rights: What to Know Before You Sign
This webinar will arm authors working with or without an agent with the knowledge and negotiating skills to get the most out of their book deals before, during and after signing, focusing on critical provisions, perils to avoid, and what needs to change in many standard publishing agreements to bring them into the 21st century.

Watch the webinar recording HERE


Registering Your Copyright
This webinar will provide authors with everything they need to know to register their works, whether in print or electronic form, with the US Copyright Office.

Watch the webinar recording HERE


Copyright 101
This webinar will explore the basics of how copyright works to benefit both individual authors and our society at large. It will then teach participants about the changes the law has undergone in the digital age, touching on issues such as fair use, remedies for online piracy and more.

Watch the webinar recording HERE


A Guide to Authors Guild Membership
In addition to its advocacy efforts, the Guild offers its members a broad range of free or low-cost legal, website and educational services, with marketing assistance coming soon. Watch this webinar to find out more about your guild and the issues that affect your livelihood as a writer.

Watch the webinar recording HERE


Emerging Writer Happy Hour
The Authors Guild teamed with Electric Literature on October 7th to host a happy hour event promoting our new membership categories for emerging writers. It was a lively night with great company and conversation at Powerhouse bookstore and event space in Brooklyn.

View our photo album HERE


Members can log in to access the recordings of these seminars and panels:

Tax Tips for Authors
Robert Pesce, a partner at Marcum Group LLP, led a seminar on tax tips for authors. Pesce is head of its New York City Accounting Services department, and a founder of the firm’s Agency Services group, the Technology, Internet, Media, and Entertainment group.


The State of the Book Business in the U.S. and Abroad: A Trans-Atlantic View
Panel discussion exploring the international movement for fair book contracts set in motion by the Authors Guild’s Fair Contract Initiative.


Children’s Book Group Roundtable on School Visits
Children’s book author and Authors Guild council member Rachel Vail led a roundtable discussion on school visits. Topics included what to expect, tips for a successful visit, and more.


Publishing Contracts 101
Authors Guild attorneys Michael Gross and Stevie Fitzgerald guide you through the basics of a traditional publishing contract, focusing on critical provisions and perils to avoid.


Updating Your Website with Sitebuilder: From Simple Edits to an Overhaul
Authors Guild staff members Abigail Montague and Hector Lugo discuss editing your website, how to use some of your site's custom pages, and quick changes that can transform your site's appearance. The recording of this webinar is not available at this time.


How to Make Twitter Work for You
Sarah Brumble, social media expert, presents tips and tricks on how to effectively use Twitter to promote your work. This seminar is geared to all authors, whether you’re new to the platform or an experienced user. Sarah has served as a social media consultant for many different types of media and arts businesses, including Atlas Obscura, music venues, and educational institutions.


How to Promote Your Book Using Social Media
Chris Syme, founder of CKSyme Media Group and author of the upcoming book SMART Social Media for Authors presents simple, effective strategies for authors looking to promote their work via social media, with a special focus on Facebook. Learn how to make strong marketing decisions that produce results based on your time, resources, and skill level.

Keep Connected and Informed

Throughout the year, we offer an array of seminars, panels, and social gatherings to keep authors connected and informed about the legal and business side of writing. We offer webinars and phone seminars on all aspects of the business of being an author and the book ecosystem, providing practical advice on a broad range of topics. We also provide in-person panel discussions and interviews on topics of interest to our members and sponsor social events throughout the country. Guild members have first—and often exclusive—access to these events. We also encourage our members to share literary events happening in their communities on our comprehensive Events Calendar, searchable by ZIP code.

Featured Event:

Upcoming Seminars & Events:

The Digital Age Author: Best Practices in Marketing, Promotion, and Reader Engagement

In this six-session webinar series, publishing consultant Jane Friedman will teach you the principles and techniques for building your author platform—particularly online—and publishing and promoting your own work, whether traditionally or self-published, using the many new tools and platforms now available to writers. The first sessions will cover the foundational strategies that govern author platforms, with nuts-and-bolts discussions of author websites, blogs, e-mail newsletters, and social media. The last two sessions will look at the self-publishing landscape and what it takes to market and promote work in a predominantly online environment, regardless of how you publish.

Webinars are free for members, and $49 for non-members. (If you are a member, log in to get your promo code)

See the full schedule and register HERE

Members can view the recordings HERE


Past Seminars & Events:

A Writer’s Guide to the New Publishing Ecosystem

In this webinar series, in partnership with the Copyright Clearance Center, The Authors Guild will draw on its 100+ year history as the nation’s leading advocate for authors’ rights, as well as its extensive network of contacts within the publishing industry and in the legal and business communities, to present a series of ten webinars with the goal of ensuring that our nation’s authors—new and established, young and old alike—are positioned to thrive in today’s digital economy, so that our society as a whole can reap the benefits of a thriving and diverse literary culture into the next generation and beyond.

Watch the recordings HERE

Agents and Agency: Building a Writing Career

Part two in our series with Electric Literature and The Authors Guild is this essential event on acquiring and working with a literary agent. Joining us will be Marya Spence of Kanlow & Nesbit Associates, Jacqueline Ko of Wylie Agency, and Anjali Singh of Ayesha Pande Literary, with Electric Literature’s Halimah Marcus moderating.

Watch the recording HERE

What Editors Want: Writing for the Web

A must for emerging writers: Electric Literature, The Center for Fiction and The Authors Guild have partnered together to present a series of events aimed at giving you the 101 when it comes to your career. In this first of the series, our panelists Yuka Igarashi (Soft Skull Press, Catapult,) Michelle Legro (New Republic,) and James Yeh (VICE) discussed how to pitch for online, and the ways in which writing for the web differs to print. Moderated by Dwyer Murphy of Electric Literature.

Watch the recording HERE

AWP 2017 Panel: Maximizing Your Value as an Author: Rights Exploitation and Developing Digital Markets

Moderator: Jon Fine
Panelists: Kim Schefler, Joe Regal, Ryan Fox

New technologies and business models have provided authors with new ways to distribute and repurpose their books—if they have the rights.. The legal and publishing experts on this panel will survey the myriad options now available for maximizing rights exploitation, including self-publishing, audio services, e-book and POD back-in-print programs, and more. The panel will also explore the importance of retaining rights and explain how to reclaim rights to out-of-print works.

Listen to the seminar recording HERE

Tax Tips for Authors

Robert Pesce, a partner at Marcum Group LLP, led a seminar on tax tips for authors. Pesce is head of its New York City Accounting Services department, and a founder of the firm’s Agency Services group, the Technology, Internet, Media, and Entertainment group.

Listen to the Tax Tips seminar recording HERE

Monetizing Your Content

This webinar explores the importance of retaining rights, and provides practical guidance on what rights to retain and how to reclaim rights to out-of-print works. But owning the rights is only the first step. The webinar also surveys the options available to authors for maximizing rights exploitation, including new audio formats, direct-to-library lending options, back-in-print programs, self-publishing, print-on-demand options, and more.

Watch the webinar recording HERE

Negotiating Rights: What to Know Before You Sign

This webinar will arm authors working with or without an agent with the knowledge and negotiating skills to get the most out of their book deals before, during and after signing, focusing on critical provisions, perils to avoid, and what needs to change in many standard publishing agreements to bring them into the 21st century.

Watch the webinar recording HERE

Registering Your Copyright

This webinar will provide authors with everything they need to know to register their works, whether in print or electronic form, with the US Copyright Office.

Watch the webinar recording HERE

Copyright 101

This webinar will explore the basics of how copyright works to benefit both individual authors and our society at large. It will then teach participants about the changes the law has undergone in the digital age, touching on issues such as fair use, remedies for online piracy and more.

Watch the webinar recording HERE

Emerging Writer Happy Hour

The Authors Guild teamed with Electric Literature on October 7th to host a happy hour event promoting our new membership categories for emerging writers. It was a lively night with great company and conversation at Powerhouse bookstore and event space in Brooklyn.

View the photo album on Facebook HERE

A Guide to Authors Guild Membership

In addition to its advocacy efforts, the Guild offers its members a broad range of free or low-cost legal, website and educational services, with marketing assistance coming soon. Watch this webinar to find out more about your guild and the issues that affect your livelihood as a writer.

Watch the webinar recording HERE

Children’s Book Group Roundtable on School Visits

Children’s book author and Authors Guild council member Rachel Vail led a roundtable discussion on school visits. Topics included what to expect, tips for a successful visit, and more.

Listen to the Children's Book Group seminar recording HERE

Publishing Contracts 101

Authors Guild attorneys Michael Gross and Stevie Fitzgerald guide you through the basics of a traditional publishing contract, focusing on critical provisions and perils to avoid.

Listen to the Publishing Contracts seminar recording HERE

Updating Your Website with Sitebuilder: From Simple Edits to an Overhaul

Authors Guild staff members Abigail Montague and Hector Lugo discuss editing your website, how to use some of your site's custom pages, and quick changes that can transform your site's appearance. The recording of this webinar is not available at this time.

How to Make Twitter Work for You

Sarah Brumble, social media expert, presents tips and tricks on how to effectively use Twitter to promote your work. This seminar is geared to all authors, whether you’re new to the platform or an experienced user. Sarah has served as a social media consultant for many different types of media and arts businesses, including Atlas Obscura, music venues, and educational institutions.

Watch the Twitter webinar recording HERE

How to Promote Your Book Using Social Media

Chris Syme, founder of CKSyme Media Group and author of the upcoming book SMART Social Media for Authors presents simple, effective strategies for authors looking to promote their work via social media, with a special focus on Facebook. Learn how to make strong marketing decisions that produce results based on your time, resources, and skill level.

Watch the Social Media webinar recording HERE

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