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.
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Writing your book is the easy part—compared to marketing and promoting it. For many authors, that’s when the real stress and work begin. In this webinar, Money Matters series host Erin Lowry will speak with three authors who have experience hosting podcasts, doing live TV interviews, figuring out a social media strategy, and going on tour. You'll learn how to set expectations about touring expenses, marketing costs, and for what your publisher will (or more likely won't) pay.
An ongoing series this spring and summer, Money Matters: The Road to Financial Literacy is dedicated explicitly to financial matters as they concern book authors, journalists, and freelance writers. Each session will cover a topic such as understanding royalty statements, forming entities, managing literary estates, freelancer finances, alternative sources of income, what authors can expect to pay for during a book release, and more.
Panel discussions will take place via Zoom and include time for a Q&A. All writers are encouraged to attend, especially new authors looking to learn more about the business of writing and publishing.
We offer educational seminars on all aspects of the business of being an author and the book ecosystem, providing practical advice on a broad range of topics. Recent topics include school visits, audiobooks, and legal vetting of your manuscript.
Designed with an audience of fellow writers in mind, From Manuscript to Marketplace offers candid conversations about the current realities of publicity, social media, virtual events, working with agents and editors, and more. This year, we will also examine the rise of virtual events and unique marketing strategies.
How does institutional exclusion and racism impact the success of books by Black authors and the trajectory of Black creators? In this series of panel discussions, industry experts offer insights, share experiences and concerns, and suggest ways to create change.
To help with some of your most immediate concerns, the Authors Guild is hosting live webinars on topics of particular interest in these times. Please join us in the coming weeks for discussions on financial relief, virtual marketing, and more.
Age of the Storyteller
A Free Online Marketing Course for Authors
The Age of the Storyteller is an eight-session online course designed by Lisa Weinert that teaches writers how to market their work.
In eight modules, consisting of videos, resources and optional assignments, writers will learn how to navigate the various publishing options open to them based on their specific projects and goals, as well as practical tools and strategies to market and promote their work before, during and after the launch. Specific topics include:
- The pros and cons of self-publishing, hybrid publishing and traditional publishing models
- Establishing a platform in advance of publication or seeking a publisher
- How to create a digital author brand
- Using social media to build an audience and sell your book
- Becoming an active literary citizen in person and online
- The nuts and bolts of book publicity
Webinars: Business Bootcamps for Writers
As a supplement to our in-person bootcamp tour, this webinar series will provide early-to-mid-career authors with tools and resources to manage their careers and successfully navigate the marketplace.