The Authors Guild Foundation is the charitable and educational arm of the Authors Guild. It protects and supports writing as a profession, fostering a rich, diverse literary community across the United States. It does this by promoting an understanding of the value of writers, advocating for authors’ rights, litigating to protect authors’ interests, and educating authors in the business of writing. The Foundation believes that an abundance of free literary expression is essential to our democracy, and that can only be achieved by protecting authors’ constitutional and moral right to benefit from their work. It is the sole group of its kind dedicated to empowering all U.S. authors. Its founding members included Saul Bellow, John Hersey, Madeleine L’Engle, Sidney Offit, James A. Michener, Toni Morrison, Elizabeth Janeway, and Barbara Tuchman. Through its programs, it seeks to:

  • Foster an appreciation of the value of writers to society
  • Promote the ability of writers to earn a livelihood
  • Advocate for strong, effective intellectual property laws and fair treatment of authors, so that writing remains a viable profession
  • Defend authors’ rights to free expression, to prevent any erosion of the exchange of knowledge and ideas
  • Empower authors by educating them in the business of authorship and equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed

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Why Your Support Is Needed

This is a difficult time to be a professional writer. As more and more independent publishers are swallowed up by conglomerates, writers’ works and economic interests are subsumed and threatened. The Authors Guild’s recent member survey showed that, since 2009, incomes from writing have been in steep decline. In an era of increasing access to digitized information, fresh threats to authors’ livelihoods emerge from every quarter.

Certain corners of the Internet, for example, frequently assume that literary property should be available without compensation to its creators. The decision by the Second District Court of Appeals in New York rejecting the Guild’s appeal and permitting Google to scan books without seeking copyright permission is an example of the obstacles we face.

Your gift to the Authors Guild Foundation will support our advocacy for authors and our efforts to maintain a sustainable publishing ecosystem at a time when authors’ rights, copyrights, free expression, and creative content are being challenged on many fronts.

Please pitch in what you can, and we’ll put it to good use. We appreciate your much needed support.

For more information, please contact the Authors Guild Foundation at (212) 594-2167 or

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