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.

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.

Recently, we offered phone-in seminars on TV and movie deals, website building, combatting piracy, publicity and the updated AG Model Trade Book Contract & Guide. Audio recordings will be available soon if you missed these talks. We’ll host another slate of seminars this spring and will post the schedule here once it’s confirmed.

Authors’ Livelihoods in the U.S., U.K., and Canada: Three Perspectives
Authors need fair compensation if they are to pursue authorship as a career. But authors’ earnings are on the decline, even while publishers continue to profit. This panel discussed U.S. and U.K. surveys that document this phenomenon–as well as a change in Canadian law that aggravates it. They also discussed its causes and potential solutions. The panelists were Peter Hildick-Smith, CEO, The Codex Group (U.S.); John Degen, Executive Director, The Writers’ Union of Canada (CAN); Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive, The Society of Authors (U.K.); Barbara Hayes, Deputy Chief Executive, Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (U.K.)

Navigating the Digital Marketplace: An Author’s Guide to New Business Models in Publishing
This panel discussion shed light on some of the newer digital distribution platforms that have been drawing attention—subscription services, direct publisher-to-reader sales, and indie publishing, to name a few—and, most importantly, how we can use them to reach more readers and increase sales. The panelists were Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer at HarperCollins; Joe Regal, co-founder and CEO of Zola Books; and Kevin Nguyen, Editorial Director of Oyster. Indie author and AG Council member CJ Lyons was slated to be in New York to sit on the panel, but the weather had other ideas. Lyons instead wrote written responses to a handful of prompts, which General Counsel Jan Constantine read aloud at the event.

When Hollywood Calls, How Do You Answer?: An Overview of Motion Picture & Television Deals
Attorneys Michael Rudell and Eric Brown of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo discussed the process and the issues which arise when negotiating an agreement for the adaptation of a book into a motion picture or television series.

Sitebuilder Basics: From Simple Edits to an Overhaul
Abigail Montague and Hector Lugo, of the Guild’s Web Services staff, discussed:

  •  Editing your site. Updates are now simpler than ever.
  •  The use of your site’s blog and newsletter pages.
  •  Quick changes that can transform your site’s appearance.

Combating Internet Piracy
Stevie Fitzgerald, Authors Guild attorney, and Ryan Fox, Authors Guild legal consultant, talked through the basics of Internet piracy and the steps that authors can take to combat online copyright infringement of their work.

Wild World of Publicity
Publicity Director Brianne Halverson of Orange PR & Marketing discussed different strategies to help your book get noticed in a crowded market.

Intro to the Updated Authors Guild Model Trade Book Contract & Guide
The Authors Guild Model Trade Book Contract and Commentary, the classic contract reference guide, was released in a new, updated version this fall. The legal services department walked members through what’s new to this edition and answered questions about how best to use the guide to your negotiating advantage.

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