Authors Guild of Western New York
Mission Statement and Membership Information
revised date – 8/5/09
The Authors Guild of Western New York is a marketing group of local artists that promotes writing,
encourages reading, and believes in excellence. Guild members share their knowledge of writing with others
and support area communities in various ways, especially through their donations at book signings.
To become a member, one must be a serious writer and have published at least one novel length work.
The book must meet acceptable community standards as to content, readability and excellence. When approved,
member candidates must agree to the following:
Members will, at all times, treat the Guild’s goals, one another and the public and representatives of
cooperating writers groups with deference and respect.
Members will shares marketing tips, techniques, new contacts and event venues that will forward the
success of our members’ writing careers and the public image and community presence of the Guild.
Members’ works are featured on the Authors Guild web site, along with book excerpts, information on
the author and means of contact. One book is featured on MINDWEB.US for each two-month period. Members
are urged to participate in festivals, although this is not a requirement. Members are encouraged to pursue
individual book sales and promotions whenever and wherever possible. Bear in mind, however, that Guild
membership is also a promotional tool and each media or public encounter is an opportunity to enhance the
Guild’s reputation and stature as well as your own career. By working together, members can do more, say
more and cover more territory than by going it alone.
The Guild has no regularly scheduled meetings, but we meet on occasion. Communication between the
members takes place during events and through email. There are no dues, but donations are accepted to cover
some of our expenses