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.

Featured Event:

The Writer's Wallet: Managing Your Freelance Finances

Wed, Apr 19, 2017
7:00PM – 9:00PM EDT
The Center for Fiction - New York, NY

Last but by no means least in our Emerging Writers series is a subject of vital importance--managing finances. Offering crucial advice will be Jennifer Baker (Minorities in Publishing, We Need Diverse Books,) financial therapist Amanda Clayman (Financial Wellness Program,) and 2015 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O’Neill (The Hopeful). Moderated by the National Book Foundation’s Benjamin Samuel.

Upcoming Seminars & Events:

Online seminar series: A Writer’s Guide to the New Publishing Ecosystem

What Is Defamation? Legal Issues and Insurance Protection for Authors
Wednesday, March 29: 2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m. EDT
RSVP HERE


International Copyright Law
Thursday, April 27: 2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m. EDT
RSVP HERE


Free Speech Under Fire? A Survey of Contemporary First Amendment Issues
Wednesday, May 3: 2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m. EDT
RSVP HERE


The Planning and Management of Literary Estates
Wednesday, May 10: 2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m. EDT
RSVP HERE


The Future of Fair Use
Wednesday, June 7: 2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m. EDT
RSVP HERE

Past Seminars & Events:

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.

What Editors Want: Writing for the Web
Watch the recording HERE
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.

AWP 2017 Panel: Maximizing Your Value as an Author: Rights Exploitation and Developing Digital Markets- Listen to the seminar recording HERE
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.

Monetizing Your Content  - Watch the webinar recording HERE
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.

Negotiating Rights: What to Know Before You Sign - Watch the webinar recording HERE
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.

Registering Your Copyright - Watch the webinar recording HERE
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.

Copyright 101 - Watch the webinar recording HERE
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.

A Guide to Authors Guild Membership - Watch the webinar recording HERE
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.

Emerging Writer Happy Hour - View our photo album HERE
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.

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:

The Writer's Wallet: Managing Your Freelance Finances

Wed, Apr 19, 2017
7:00PM – 9:00PM EDT
The Center for Fiction - New York, NY

Last but by no means least in our Emerging Writers series is a subject of vital importance--managing finances. Offering crucial advice will be Jennifer Baker (Minorities in Publishing, We Need Diverse Books,) financial therapist Amanda Clayman (Financial Wellness Program,) and 2015 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O’Neill (The Hopeful). Moderated by the National Book Foundation’s Benjamin Samuel.

Upcoming Seminars & Events:

Online seminar series: A Writer’s Guide to the New Publishing Ecosystem

What Is Defamation? Legal Issues and Insurance Protection for Authors
Wednesday, March 29: 2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m. EDT
RSVP HERE


International Copyright Law
Thursday, April 27: 2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m. EDT
RSVP HERE


Free Speech Under Fire? A Survey of Contemporary First Amendment Issues
Wednesday, May 3: 2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m. EDT
RSVP HERE


The Planning and Management of Literary Estates
Wednesday, May 10: 2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m. EDT
RSVP HERE


The Future of Fair Use
Wednesday, June 7: 2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m. EDT
RSVP HERE


PAST SEMINAR AND EVENT RECORDINGS:

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.

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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