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Writing and Publishing Associations

Success is rarely had in isolation. The business of writing and publishing is not an easy one. Don’t go it alone. Networks beget connections and connections help beget success.

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Writing Associations (and related sites)

  • Author’s Guild – The Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for writers. The Guild advocates for authors on issues of copyright, fair contracts, free speech and tax fairness, and has initiated lawsuits in defense of authors’ rights, where necessary.
  • Alliance of Independent Authors – We are a member of this organization. ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors) is a non-profit professional association for authors who self-publish. The alliance offers connection and collaboration, advice and education, advocacy and representation to writers who want to self-publish well. Our motto is Working together to help each other.
  • American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) – ACFW’s mission is to empower Christian novelists by inspiring them to join with God in the creative process, training them in the craft, and educating them in the publishing industry.
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) – “ASJA’s mission is to be the voice and career resource for independent, entrepreneurial, professional nonfiction writers. Since 1948 ASJA has been giving freelance writers the confidence and connections to prosper.”
  • Erotica Readers & Writers Association – The Erotica Readers & Writers Association, online since 1996, is an international community of men and women interested in the provocative world of erotica and sensual pleasures. This website features original erotic fiction, current calls for submissions, and publishing advice for authors, sex toy and adult movie recommendations, and a forum focused on adult issues, activities and relationships.
  • Historical Novel Society – We are a literary society devoted to promoting the enjoyment of historical fiction. We are based in the USA and the UK but we welcome members (who can be readers or writers) from all round the world.
  • International Association of Crime Writers (IACW) – “The International Association of Crime Writers is an organization of professional writers who have formed national branches in order to encourage communication among writers of all nationalities and to promote crime writing as an influential and significant art form.”
  • kboards – An online forum for writers.
  • Military Writers Society of America – An organization for writers, poets, and artists who focus on military service.
  • Mystery Writers of America – “Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.”
  • National Association of Memoir Writers – “The National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW) is a membership organization for memoir writers from all over the world.”
  • National Association of Independent Writers and Editors – “NAIWE is a professional association for writers, editors, and you– if you work with words. We exist to help members succeed, and our unique focus on creating multiple streams of writing income can make it happen. We are open to members in any country.”
  • National Writers Union – “The National Writers Union is more than just another writers’ organization. It is the only labor union that represents freelance writers working in all genres, formats, and mediums. Through its parent union, The United Auto Workers, the National Writers Union is a member of the American Federation of Labor Organizations.”
  • Nonfiction Authors Association – “A vibrant educational community for aspiring and experienced writers to connect, exchange ideas, and learn about writing, publishing, promoting and profiting from nonfiction books.”
  • Pen America – “PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world.  Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.”
  • Poetry Society of America – “The Poetry Society of America, the nation’s oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. Its mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, to support poets through an array of programs and awards, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life.”
  • Romance Writers of America – “The Voice of Romance Writers”
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) – Founded in 1965, SFWA is an organization for published authors and industry professionals in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres.
  • Sisters in Crime – Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.
  • Small Publishers, Artists, & Writers Network (SPAWN) – “The Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN) provides information, resources and opportunities for anyone involved in or interested in publishing, whether they are an author, freelance writer, artist or own a publishing company. SPAWN encourages the exchange of ideas, information, and other mutual benefits, and provides a website for the purpose of sharing information on writing, marketing, and publishing.”
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – “Founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children’s writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is a non-profit, 501 (c)3 organization which is  one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television and multimedia.”
  • Western Writers of America (WWA)  – “WWA was incorporated in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West. Like the Western landscape itself, WWA and the books, songs, and stories produced by its members have evolved immensely.”

Publishing Associations (and related sites)

  • American Booksellers Association – The American Booksellers Association is a national not-for-profit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores grow and succeed.
  • American Library Association – The mission of ALA is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”
  • Association of American Publishers – With about 400 members, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the largest trade organization representing commercial, digital learning and education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. They represent the industry’s priorities on the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, freedom to read and publish, digital and new technology issues, etc.
  • Association of American University Presses – AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its 130+ member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship.
  • Book Expo America – This is the largest book trade show in North America.
  • Bowker – Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information for publishers, authors, and booksellers. They are the official ISBN Agency for the United States and Australia.
  • Frankfurt Book Fair – This is the single largest book trade show in the world, occurring annually in Germany.
  • Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA) – IBPA’s mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success.
  • International Digital Publishers Forum – The IDPF promotes the development of electronic publishing applications and products. They develop and maintain the EPUB content publication standard that enables the creation and transport of digital books and other types of content as digital publications that are interoperable between disparate EPUB-compliant reading devices and applications.
  • Publisher’s Weekly – Publishers Weekly is an American weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents.


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