As Writers We Need An Official Voice

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Remember my post about the pitfalls of ‘free books’ the other day https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/whats-wrong-with-getting-an-ebook-for-nothing/ not forgetting this one about reviews https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/are-book-reviews-really-necessary/ Here is another one from Derek on the subject we all hate, but have to participate in to gain publicity for our book(s) http://www.derekhaines.ch/vandal/2014/11/the-land-of-free-shit

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Now back to the reason for this post. As independant writers, from time to time don’t you wish we had a vociferous champion to protect us from the machinations of publishers. Yesterday I chanced upon a possibility in the form of a guild.

Guilds for professional writers are spread throughout the world. In effect they are the literary equivalent of a union. While we Indies are not salaried, (paid a wage for what we do) there’s no getting away from the fact that many of us write full time. In my book that makes us professional writers as well.

So long as we continue being individuals, we have no teeth! But if our publishers knew that we were members of a powerful writing guild, maybe, just maybe, they would think twice before treating us with disdain. Either we amalgamate into an organisation like a guild or we continue on in the same old way as a bunch of individuals tilting at windmills.

Well, what do you think? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m heartily sick of being treated like a second rate citizen and cash cow by my publisher. Here is the link to the guild in question:

http://www.independentauthorsguild.com/

If any of you are already members, perhaps you can enlighten the rest of us about it. How much clout does it have? In other words, does it stick up for its members interests? I’ve read its mission statement. Like all mission statements it says a lot but promises damn all. Therefore I have my doubts as to whether or not it is a true guild and as such is a force to be reckoned with. Judging by what they don’t say, it looks as if they are merely a collection of self-important individuals. In which case calling themselves a guild is a complete misnomer. If I’m proved correct, then its back to searching for the real McCoy. In the meantime, make your own minds up about it by clicking on the link above to examine it. Then leave your thoughts here.

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7 thoughts on “As Writers We Need An Official Voice

  1. Have a look at the Writers’ Guild, Jack. Membership is pricey, but it does what you expect of such an organisation. For full (professional) membership you have to earn 8 points according to the scale shown on their membership page (e.g. 1 self-published book equals 1 point). Here’s their link: https://writersguild.org.uk/
    And, of course, there’s the Society of Authors; a cheaper option and a worthy supporter of writers’ rights: http://www.societyofauthors.org/how-join

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      • I don’t think they’re an organisation out to fleece anyone, Jack. They have a philosophy of allowing well off authors support those who are less financially successful and use their fees in a number of important ways to support writers and their aims as a group. They’re the GB organisation that has consistently upped the fees payable by the broadcasting and film industries when these powerful companies tried to keep those fees down, amongst other things. But I accept that their fees can be seen as high for most of us, which is why I don’t currently belong.

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  2. Checked out their website and didn’t see anything that led me to believe they were an activist group instead of just another association of writers to self-promote. I don’t have the time or money to be involved.

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