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The Authors Guild

I wonder how many authors selected the Authors Guild to be there representative. Am i part of something like a class action suit where my representatives oppose my own interest.

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Good question. According to Wikipedia "It has around eight thousand members, among them authors, literary agents and attorneys". Amazon has around 2.5 million titles in its catalog; even if we assume that 80% of the authors are dead (extremely unlikely) and every living author writes 5 books, that's still 100,000 authors. So apparently a self-proclaimed group of less than 10% of all authors gets to represent all of us in court.

This lobbying business seems like a good one. Let's start a "bloggers guild" of us and some of our friends - we'll go around suing large news organizations in the name of all bloggers....


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