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.

To see recordings of our past webinars and panels, visit our Webinar Archive.


UPCOMING WEBINARS

2018 Tax Tips for Authors

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
1:00 p.m ET
Webinar
Register for this webinar here

Robert Pesce is head of Marcum Group’s New York City Accounting Services department, and a founder of the firm’s Literary Services group. In this seminar, he will address the new tax laws as they will affect authors and answer the many questions we have. The 2018 Tax Tips for Authors webinar will also cover topics including:

· Record keeping to maximize your business deductions.
· Should you create a pass through entity?
· Income reporting. Understanding your 1099.
· Pension plans
· Foreign taxes
· Types of entities


Changing Tides: Novel Approaches to Combating Digital Piracy

Thursday, April 5,2018
1:00 p.m. ET
Webinar

Register for this webinar here

Piracy has always been a cat-and-mouse game. But with the rapid pace of technological changes in the publishing ecosystem, such as the emergence of new digital formats and business models, it is becoming increasingly difficult for authors and publishers to respond quickly—and effectively—to stop the circulation of pirated books. In this webinar we will discuss some of the new methods that book pirates and counterfeiters are using to produce and disseminate pirated books. We will also look at the novel strategies used by some authors to curb piracy, and discuss ways that authors can limit the availability of pirated copies of their books on the internet. Presenters: Sarina Bowen, Umair, Kazi, and Mary Rasenberger


UPCOMING PANELS

Wait! Wait! Don’t Sign That: A Writer’s Guide to Book Contract Basics

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Panel discussion at the 2018 AWP Conference
Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside

This event is only for those registered to attend the 2018 AWP conference. For more information visit the AWP website.

Publishing agreements are some of the most important documents authors ever encounter, but for many writers book contracts remain shrouded in mystery. This discussion among publishing industry attorneys and agents will offer an author-friendly introduction to the various standard book contracts. Learn what every book agreement should contain, how best to approach a contract negotiation, and what provisions to avoid or add.


What Agents Want

Friday, March 9, 2018
Panel discussion at the 2018 AWP Conference
Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside

This event is only for those registered to attend the 2018 AWP conference. For more information visit the AWP website.

The author-agent relationship is one of the most important in a writer’s professional life. But how does it come about, and what are the keys to making it work? A panel of seasoned literary agents will discuss how an author should go about finding and choosing an agent, the fundamentals of the author-agent relationship, how to pitch a project to publishers, dissolving the author-agent relationship, what agents are really looking for in authors, and more.


A Reading & Conversation with Carmen Maria Machado & Lesley Nneka Arimah

Friday, March 9, 2018
Panel discussion at the 2018 AWP Conference
Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside

This event is only for those registered to attend the 2018 AWP conference. For more information visit the AWP website.

Join Carmen Maria Machado and Lesley Nneka Arimah for a reading and conversation, moderated by Richard Russo. Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and the winner of the Bard Ficiton Prize. Her stories have appeared in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and Best Women’s Erotica. Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. She was also a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the Caine Prize, and won the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award, among other honors. The reading & conversation will be moderated by Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls.


 

 

To see recordings of our past webinars and panels,

visit our Webinar Archive.

 

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.

To see recordings of our past webinars and panels, visit our Webinar Archive.


UPCOMING WEBINARS

2018 Tax Tips for Authors

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
1:00 p.m ET
Webinar
Register for this webinar here

Robert Pesce is head of Marcum Group’s New York City Accounting Services department, and a founder of the firm’s Literary Services group. In this seminar, he will address the new tax laws as they will affect authors and answer the many questions we have. The 2018 Tax Tips for Authors webinar will also cover topics including:

· Record keeping to maximize your business deductions.
· Should you create a pass through entity?
· Income reporting. Understanding your 1099.
· Pension plans
· Foreign taxes
· Types of entities


Changing Tides: Novel Approaches to Combating Digital Piracy

Thursday, April 5,2018
1:00 p.m. ET
Webinar

Register for this webinar here

Piracy has always been a cat-and-mouse game. But with the rapid pace of technological changes in the publishing ecosystem, such as the emergence of new digital formats and business models, it is becoming increasingly difficult for authors and publishers to respond quickly—and effectively—to stop the circulation of pirated books. In this webinar we will discuss some of the new methods that book pirates and counterfeiters are using to produce and disseminate pirated books. We will also look at the novel strategies used by some authors to curb piracy, and discuss ways that authors can limit the availability of pirated copies of their books on the internet. Presenters: Sarina Bowen, Umair, Kazi, and Mary Rasenberger


UPCOMING PANELS

Wait! Wait! Don’t Sign That: A Writer’s Guide to Book Contract Basics

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Panel discussion at the 2018 AWP Conference
Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside

This event is only for those registered to attend the 2018 AWP conference. For more information visit the AWP website.

Publishing agreements are some of the most important documents authors ever encounter, but for many writers book contracts remain shrouded in mystery. This discussion among publishing industry attorneys and agents will offer an author-friendly introduction to the various standard book contracts. Learn what every book agreement should contain, how best to approach a contract negotiation, and what provisions to avoid or add.


What Agents Want

Friday, March 9, 2018
Panel discussion at the 2018 AWP Conference
Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside

This event is only for those registered to attend the 2018 AWP conference. For more information visit the AWP website.

The author-agent relationship is one of the most important in a writer’s professional life. But how does it come about, and what are the keys to making it work? A panel of seasoned literary agents will discuss how an author should go about finding and choosing an agent, the fundamentals of the author-agent relationship, how to pitch a project to publishers, dissolving the author-agent relationship, what agents are really looking for in authors, and more.


A Reading & Conversation with Carmen Maria Machado & Lesley Nneka Arimah

Friday, March 9, 2018
Panel discussion at the 2018 AWP Conference
Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside

This event is only for those registered to attend the 2018 AWP conference. For more information visit the AWP website.

Join Carmen Maria Machado and Lesley Nneka Arimah for a reading and conversation, moderated by Richard Russo. Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and the winner of the Bard Ficiton Prize. Her stories have appeared in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and Best Women’s Erotica. Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. She was also a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the Caine Prize, and won the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award, among other honors. The reading & conversation will be moderated by Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls.


 To see recordings of our past webinars and panels,

visit our Webinar Archive.

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