Although he is already a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), horror author Isaac Thorne recently chose to also add himself to the ranks of the Authors Guild (AG) as an associate member. Associate members are non-voting, but otherwise can participate in author advocacy and benefit from other services offered by the AG.
“Given the battles and uncertainty that have been introduced into writing careers recently, I think it is important to support organizations that support writers,” Isaac says. “The other organizations to which I belong are valuable in terms of services and opportunities they offer, but I was attracted to the AG specifically by its advocacy for freedom of speech, freedom to read, and the intellectual property rights of authors.
“I’m careful about the organizations I choose to join,” he continues. “After recently canceling my membership in another writer’s organization, I thought it was time to look for one that fit within my advocacy values. Right now, it looks like AG is the organization.”
The AG currently serves more than 13,000 members. It is both the oldest and the largest organization for published writers. More information about the AG, including requirements and eligibility for membership, is available at the organization’s website.