My Recent Work with The Authors Guild: New Publishing Resources and Classes

Authors Guild

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been working with The Authors Guild on the creation and release of their new resource guide on self- and e-publishing, available for free to active members. Even non-members can get a sample chapter for free.

The guide is roughly 40,000 words and covers the following areas:

  • Evaluating what publishing help you need
  • Understanding the service landscape and most commonly used services
  • Finding the right assistance (agents, freelancers, hybrid companies)
  • Setting up a small press and other administration
  • Producing and selling print and ebook editions
  • Learning the ins and outs of ebook files and metadata
  • Marketing and promoting your work—in traditional ways as well as digital-first methods

Learn more at The Authors Guild site.

In addition, throughout the summer, I’m teaching a series of online classes with the Authors Guild on the following topics—all free to members. (If you’re not a member, registration is $49 per class.)

  • Best practices for author websites and blogs
  • Email marketing 101 for writers
  • Social media for authors: how to make it worth your time
  • Self-publishing 101
  • The basics of marketing and promoting your work online

Learn more and register.

You may be wondering: how does one qualify to be a member of The Authors Guild? Fortunately, in recent years, the guild has rolled out additional membership categories so that all types of writers are welcome to join. These include:

  • emerging writer memberships ($100/year), for those who are unpublished
  • student writer memberships ($35/year), for college students

Professional memberships ($125/year) are available to self-published authors and freelance writers who have earned at least $500 in the last 18 months from writing. Learn more.

The Authors Guild has recently amped up all of its author education resources, and is extending its writers’ resource library with an excellent range of business information. I may be biased given my partnership with the Guild, but now is a great time to join!

Posted in Business for Writers.

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Margot Krekeler

Hi, Jane, it’s not so easy to find good email newsletters. At least, I don’t find it easy. Newsletters can be too long and/or come in too often, or they are really boring, or they are of good quality but don’t meet my needs, or the writer is so self- or sales-focused that I’m not only disappointed but even start feeling ashamed for him/her. It happens again and again that I regret my subscription-decision and hectically ‘run’ to the bottom of the page to find the unsubscribe-button. I definitely don’t have to find the unsubscribe-button for your newsletter. 🙂 I… Read more »

Mildred Holmes
Mildred Holmes

I knew there was writers/author guilds and wanted to join years ago and didn’t meet the requirements. I’ve written a business plan and one of the expenses concerned insurance. I had trouble finding more info and have quit writing online until I could get it. Not that I’ve been lazy bout writing. Thanks for this info. I’ve also used other info and will purchase your book which contains the info I’ve been searching for since 2003. Now it’s full steam ahead with my plans. Thanks.