Storymakers Guild Membership Application
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How to qualify for the guild.
You must be a traditionally published author, Whitney finalist or winner, an author who has a signed contract with a publisher or who is represented by a literary agent, or an indie author who meets the below-listed criteria, or who meets other standards determined by the Board of Directors; and who pays the annual dues set by the Board of Directors.
Criteria for membership:
1a) Traditionally Published
Have a book published through a traditional publisher, which must include a submission and acceptance/rejection process, an editorial process, cover and design work, printing, and distribution of the book by publisher for profit.
A traditional publisher should bear all the costs of printing and publication, and must publish at least three books a year.
1b) Independently Published
Have a professional edit of the qualifying book. (Proof will be required.)
Self-published your book, either in print, ebook, or audio format.
Made $250 net profit on the sale of your book, either in print, ebook, or audio format or a combination of the three.
1c) Agented or Under Contract
Have a signed contract with a traditional publisher for the publication of one or more titles that meet the criteria.
OR have a contract of representation from a literary agent working with you on at least one full and completed manuscript.
For a book to qualify under any of the above, it must be:
Published within the past five years.
50K words for adult book or 20k words for children’s book.*
Written by the applicant. Books in which an author compiles stories, experiences, or the like from various other authors are not eligible.
*Picture books, co-authored books, and other various situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
2) You must be a member in good standing of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
3) You must support the mission and purposes of Storymakers.
4) You must not own, be employed by, nor be involved with manuscript approval for a publishing company, nor have done so for the past twelve months at the time of membership application or re-application.
5) You must pay the membership joining dues of $30 and annual dues thereafter of $20. No application can be considered until payment has been received.
How do you qualify for the guild?
Traditionally Published Author
Whitney Award Nominee/Winner
Independently Published Author
Agented/Under Contract Author
Are you a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in good standing?
Are you associated with a publishing company? Read below.
You must not own, be employed by, nor be involved with manuscript approval for a publishing company, nor have done so for the past twelve months at the time of membership application or re-application.
Do you own, are you employed by, or involved in the manuscript approval for a publishing company?
Purpose of Storymakers Guild
Our purpose as an organization is three-fold:
Encourage and support fellow writers
Strengthen literacy in our communities
Raise the quality of Latter-Day Saint literature
For these reasons, we reach out to authors and help them improve their craft. We believe the more people become comfortable with a pen and a book, the more civilized our society will grow.
Do you support the purpose of the Storymakers Guild?
Application fee and dues
If you are accepted for membership, you will be charged $30 once our regular registration process is online again, and then after that there will be a $20 dues charged annually for the duration of your membership. You may cancel at any time and your membership will terminate one year after your last payment.
Are you willing to pay your application fees and dues as described above?
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