There are so many writing and publishing organizations that it would be impossible to keep up with them here. Google for one near you! So I’ve listed the two biggies. I belong to both and I recommend them as a wise investment in author-publisher education, connection, and book marketing opportunities.
Alliance of Independent Authors (Alli)
ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, is a non-profit professional association for authors who self-publish. The alliance offers connection and collaboration, advice and education, advocacy and representation to writers who want to self-publish well. Based in London, it is a global organization.
Members-only benefits include a closed online forum, discounts and deals, free guidebooks and booklets, seminars and events, contract and legal advice. To the wider indie author community, they run a self-publishing advice center and blog. Three times a year they host a free online conference, Indie Author Fringe.
Independent Book Publishers Assoc (IBPA)
In a nutshell, IBPA makes it easier for independent book publishers and self-published authors to navigate the sometimes intimidating publishing process.
The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is a not-for-profit membership organization serving and leading the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. For independent publishers, self-published authors, small presses, or mid-sized publishers.
They offer a huge list of benefits, from printing to Bowker ISBNs, marketing, foreign rights, reviews, cooperative book catalogs, legal disputes, health insurance, networking, freight, and more. Not to mention the awesome print magazine that comes to your snail-mailbox every month.
The annual conference, Publishing University, roams around the US and is well worth attending.
Romance Writers of America
If you’re a romance writer you must must must belong to the RWA. This organization is famous for the caliber of its conference, its resources, and the enthusiasm and generosity of its members.