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Authors Coalition Survey Information

What is it?

Sisters in Crime is a member of the Authors Coalition, a partnership among many writers’ organizations in the United States. It was established for the purpose of collecting royalties for photocopying in Europe and other parts of the world where no record is kept of monies due to the individual creators of the works. Members of the Authors Coalition are required to follow strict bylaws and to remain in good standing with the organization in order to receive a portion of these funds.

Why should I care?

The royalties collected by Authors Coalition are distributed to its member organizations based on the results of the survey below. Every author who meets the Authors Coalition guidelines (see Official Guidelines below) can contribute to the financial viability of the writers’ organizations to which they belong by filling out the form. You may fill out a survey for more than one Authors Coalition member organization. It is not necessary that members of SinC be published only in the mystery genre—nonfiction, textbook, and academic authors as well as journalists, newspaper editors and others should complete the survey. By doing so, you can help ensure the continuation of such worthwhile programs as We Love Libraries and the highly successful SinC into Good Writing seminar at Bouchercon.

How does it work?

If you are a renewing member, you probably completed a survey in years past, and your entry will be tabulated for this year. If you have additional areas in which you have since been published—or if you’re unsure if you have completed the survey previously—please do so again. We’ll be checking for duplicates.

If you’re new to Sisters in Crime, please take a few moments to fill out this very simple form. Your results will be counted in the current year's survey results.

 

Official Guidelines from the Authors Coalition

When completing the survey, please check the categories, to which you belong, i.e., in which you qualify as a published author. (Do not check more than one genre for each published work.)

For purposes of this survey, a "published" work means that 1) the work is reasonably capable of being photocopied abroad and is not self-published, or 2) if the work is self-published, that there have been no fewer than 1,000 copies sold, that the work is commercially distributed outside the U.S. and is reasonably capable of being photocopied abroad. For purposes of this survey, author-subsidized publications shall be considered self-published.

We know that the list is not inclusive, but all Coalition members must use this list because this is how foreign reprographic rights organizations conduct their surveys to determine what kinds of non-title specific works are being photocopied.

Visit the Authors Coalition website to read more.  

Ready to complete your survey?

If you are still not sure if you work is covered by the survey, take a look at the questions listed below.  Most of our members check off boxes 70 and/or 71, but we also have several nonfiction writers who do complete section 1.  

If you are ready to complete the survey, just click the big yellow button. (It's members-only access, so be sure that you are signed in first.)

COMPLETE SURVEY

 

Questions Covered by the Survey -- Are You A ...

Nonfiction Author in:  

Electronic Format (10)
Paper Print Format (11)

If you check one of the above Nonfiction Author boxes, you must also check one or more of the Nonfiction Author sub-types: TEXTBOOK, ACADEMIC or OTHER

Note: Do not check more than one piece of work, i.e. the same book cannot qualify you as both a Textbook and Nonfiction Other author; however you may check two or more boxes for two or more different pieces of work.

TEXTBOOK author (instructional material):
Electronic Format (12)
Paper Print Format (13)

ACADEMIC author (scholarly book or journal article primarily for academicians):
Electronic Format (14)
Paper Print Format (15)

OTHER nonfiction book author:
Electronic Format (16)
Paper Print Format (17)

Author or Journal translator or nonfiction book translator
Electronic Format (20)
Paper Print Format (21)

Art, music theatre, film or literature critic
Electronic Format (30)
Paper Print Format (31)

Journalist, including freelancers (nonfiction writing for a periodical such as a newspaper, magazine, or newsletter)
Electronic Format (40)
Paper Print Format (41)

Newspaper Editor
Electronic Format (50)
Paper Print Format (51)

Technical and Professional Press Editor
Electronic Format (60)
Paper Print Format (61)

Author (or Translator) of fiction, poetry and/or drama, including plays and musicals
Electronic Format (70)
Paper Print Format (71)

Music Author
Electronic Format (80)
Paper Print Format (81)

Designer and Illustrator
Electronic Format (90)
Paper Print Format (91)

Visual Artists
One whose work is the reproduction of another's or one's own original artistic expression. Examples: the photograph of a museum piece, the illustration of a blueprint, the sketch of a scientific diagram.
Electronic Format (100)
Paper Print Format (101)

Arts and Crafts Designers
Electronic Format (110)
Paper Print Format (111)

Photographers (fine arts, editorial or commercial)
Electronic Format (120)
Paper Print Format (121)

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