Book Division

The NWU Book Division represents authors, contributors, and ghostwriters of books of all types in all genres and formats: fiction or non-fiction, single-author or anthology, published by large or small commercial or academic publishers or self-published, distributed on paper or as audiobooks or e-books.

The Book Division provides a place for networking, information sharing, and mutual support in our working lives as authors, especially through the NWU-BOOK email discussion list. The Book Division also takes a leading role in the NWU’s advocacy work on copyright and other issues of particular concern to book authors.

The Book Division is a national caucus within the NWU. Book authors are members of their respective local NWU chapters as well as of the Book Division.

The Book Division has published a variety of resources and advisories for authors about book contracts, copyrights, e-books, licensings, and other issues. NWU members are also eligible to receive assistance and advice from the NWU Grievance and Contract Division (GCD) on book contracts or disputes with publishers or others.

The Co-Chairs of the Book Division are unpaid member volunteers elected by the NWU’s biennial Delegate Assembly.   The current Book Division Co-Chairs are Susan E. Davis, (New York) and Edward Hasbrouck, (San Francisco).

Contact either of the Book Division Co-Chairs if you would like to be part of this work or have ideas for what the Book Division should be doing.

    • Report infringements of your copyrights (including infringements by publishers) to the U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center. Reporting is essential to document the nature and extent of infringement problems.

Latest Division News

Hybrid Author: Self + Conventional Publishing

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Writing, editing, and publishing a book with a publishing house is hard. You have to collaborate with your editor, cover designer, and production team. You have to follow house rules. You need to meet deadlines and be on time. Writing, editing, and publishing a book by yourself is also hard. Forget a pre-assigned editor and […]

Notes on Writing a Novel

Photos: Courtesy the author

Each morning I confirm my purpose as a writer with a ritual: My perpetually open bedroom blinds serve as a visual alarm. Checking the weather and tides app on my phone help me determine if the day’s exercise will be rowing or hiking. Reviewing news alerts confirm that life still exists outside of my door. […]

Litquake, NWU Partner at SF Fest

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On October 11, the Northern California NWU Chapter made its first appearance at San Francisco’s Litquake Festival. We set up our table in the main room, which was nicely situated to observe the main event: “The Bridge Between Fiction and Non: Adam Johnson and T.J. Stiles in Conversation.” Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son, […]