Writing webinar recordings

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.

Below, you can find the full list of our webinar recordings. To register for upcoming webinars with live Q&A sessions, please visit our Seminars & Events Page.

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Marketing and Publicity for Writers

How to Make Twitter Work for You (video)
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 (video)
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.


The Digital Age Author: Best Practices in Marketing, Promotion, and Reader Engagement Webinar Series
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, email 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.

In this series:
Establishing and Growing Your Author Platform (video)
Best Practices for Author Websites and Blogs (video)
Email Marketing 101 for Writers (video)
Social Media for Authors: How to Make It Worth Your Time (video)
The Basics of Marketing and Promoting Your Work Online (video)


Children’s Book Group Roundtable on School Visits (audio)
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.


Book Contracts, Copyright, and Other Legal Issues

Writers Collaborating: Sometimes It Gets Complicated (video)
While writing is often described as a solitary and lonely endeavor, there have been many famous collaborations in literary history, from the Brothers Grimm to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett to Stephen King and Peter Straub. As modes of communication become faster and easier, collaboration in writing has increased significantly. However, even the greatest teams can fall apart. Both personal and professional conflicts can arise, often unforeseen, and sometimes unsolvable. With that in mind, this webinar will discuss various co-writer arrangements and the salient terms to address contractually.

A Writer’s Guide to the New Publishing Ecosystem Webinar Series
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.

In this series:
What Is Defamation? Legal Issues and Insurance Protection for Authors (video)
International Copyright Law (video)
Free Speech Under Fire? A Survey of Contemporary First Amendment Issues (video)
The Planning and Management of Literary Estates (video)
The Future of Fair Use (video)


AWP 2017 Panel: Maximizing Your Value as an Author: Rights Exploitation and Developing Digital Markets (audio)
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, ebook 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 (video)
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 (video)
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 (video)
This webinar will provide authors with everything they need to know to register their works, whether in print or electronic form, with the U.S. Copyright Office.


Copyright 101 (video)
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


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


Publishing Contracts 101 (audio)
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.


Managing Your Finances

Tax Tips for Authors (audio)
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 Writer's Wallet: Managing Your Freelance Finances
Last but by no means least in our Emerging Writers series with Electric Literature and The Center for Fiction was a subject of vital importance—managing finances. Offering crucial advice were 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).


All About Agents and Editors

Agents and Agency: Building a Writing Career (video)
Part two in our series with Electric Literature and the Center for Fiction 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 (video)
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.


Self-Publishing

Book Publishing Standards: An Overview of the Most Important Checklist Every Author Needs Before They Publish (video)
In this webinar, Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Independent Book Publishers Association, will present the Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book. This accessible webinar will detail what indie authors and publishers need to consider in order to have a professionally published book. Warner will include some of the most common mistakes she sees authors and publishers making, and will touch upon the importance of standards in leveling the playing field for authors everywhere. Webinar presenter: Brooke Warner.

Self-Publishing 101: Understanding the Landscape and Opportunities (video)
What are the best services for self-publishing? How much money does it cost to produce a good-quality e-book? What are some of the most effective marketing strategies? Get answers to these questions, plus an unbiased look at the self-publishing scene, including when you should do it, and—if you do—how to be effective in your efforts, without damaging your credibility or investing more money than you should. While self-publishing doesn’t equal instant success, you’ll learn the principles behind the successful creation and distribution of an ebook or print edition.


Member Benefits

A Guide to Authors Guild Membership (video)
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.


Writing webinar recordings

Below is a listing of our seminar, panel and webinar recordings.

To register for upcoming webinars with live Q&A sessions, please visit our Seminars & Events Page.


Marketing and Publicity for Writers

How to Make Twitter Work for You (video)
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 (video)
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.


The Digital Age Author: Best Practices in Marketing, Promotion, and Reader Engagement Webinar Series
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, email 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.

In this series:
Establishing and Growing Your Author Platform (video)
Best Practices for Author Websites and Blogs (video)
Email Marketing 101 for Writers (video)
Social Media for Authors: How to Make It Worth Your Time (video)
The Basics of Marketing and Promoting Your Work Online (video)


Children’s Book Group Roundtable on School Visits (audio)
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.


Book Contracts, Copyright, and Other Legal Issues

Writers Collaborating: Sometimes It Gets Complicated (video)
While writing is often described as a solitary and lonely endeavor, there have been many famous collaborations in literary history, from the Brothers Grimm to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett to Stephen King and Peter Straub. As modes of communication become faster and easier, collaboration in writing has increased significantly. However, even the greatest teams can fall apart. Both personal and professional conflicts can arise, often unforeseen, and sometimes unsolvable. With that in mind, this webinar will discuss various co-writer arrangements and the salient terms to address contractually.

A Writer’s Guide to the New Publishing Ecosystem Webinar Series
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.

In this series:
What Is Defamation? Legal Issues and Insurance Protection for Authors (video)
International Copyright Law (video)
Free Speech Under Fire? A Survey of Contemporary First Amendment Issues (video)
The Planning and Management of Literary Estates (video)
The Future of Fair Use (video)


AWP 2017 Panel: Maximizing Your Value as an Author: Rights Exploitation and Developing Digital Markets (audio)
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, ebook 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 (video)
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 (video)
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 (video)
This webinar will provide authors with everything they need to know to register their works, whether in print or electronic form, with the U.S. Copyright Office.


Copyright 101 (video)
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


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


Publishing Contracts 101 (audio)
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.


Managing Your Finances

Tax Tips for Authors (audio)
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 Writer's Wallet: Managing Your Freelance Finances
Last but by no means least in our Emerging Writers series with Electric Literature and The Center for Fiction was a subject of vital importance—managing finances. Offering crucial advice were 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).


All About Agents and Editors

Agents and Agency: Building a Writing Career (video)
Part two in our series with Electric Literature and the Center for Fiction 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 (video)
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.


Self-Publishing

Book Publishing Standards: An Overview of the Most Important Checklist Every Author Needs Before They Publish (video)
In this webinar, Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Independent Book Publishers Association, will present the Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book. This accessible webinar will detail what indie authors and publishers need to consider in order to have a professionally published book. Warner will include some of the most common mistakes she sees authors and publishers making, and will touch upon the importance of standards in leveling the playing field for authors everywhere. Webinar presenter: Brooke Warner.

Self-Publishing 101: Understanding the Landscape and Opportunities (video)
What are the best services for self-publishing? How much money does it cost to produce a good-quality e-book? What are some of the most effective marketing strategies? Get answers to these questions, plus an unbiased look at the self-publishing scene, including when you should do it, and—if you do—how to be effective in your efforts, without damaging your credibility or investing more money than you should. While self-publishing doesn’t equal instant success, you’ll learn the principles behind the successful creation and distribution of an ebook or print edition.


Member Benefits

A Guide to Authors Guild Membership (video)
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.

 

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