[tuesday]Freelance writers can benefit tremendously from professional organizations.
Far more than clubs, professional organizations can provide solid information about your craft and marketing. They can help relieve isolation. They can provide job leads and leads to agents. In some cases they even offer group health insurance which can save you a ton of money.
There are I don’t know how many professional organizations for freelance writers. Many are local, most are country wide and some are international.
The Author’s Guild is big, and hugely influential. For example, the Authors Guild v. Google Settlement has made a large impact on freelance writer’s rights. You’ll find their eligibility and dues information here.
The National Writers Union is a favorite of mine. They led in Tasini v. The NY Times which secured digital rights for freelance writers. Membership information for the NWU is here.
The Freelancers Union is a relatively new organization. It’s not limited to writers, but open to all who freelance. Membership is free and it’s worth at least taking a look at.
Now, there are hundreds of other organizations for writers and editors. Here are links to lists:
- Glenda Schoonmaker, BellaOnline’s Nonfiction Writing Editor has a huge list of organizations for writers and editors.
- eBook Crossroads has a good list of writer’s associations.
- Publishing Central has a list of writers organizations.
- Pegasus Writers Stable also has a list of organizations for writers.
You’ll find some duplication on the lists – once you get there try using your browser’s search function to find your specialty.
For organizations in your area try a web search. Check local newspaper listings. Ask people. You may get lucky.
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