The president of the Authors Guild, Scott Turow, writes in the Summer 2012 Authors Guild Bulletin that the Authors Guild is now welcoming self-published author as members of the Guild. However, they have to be self-published authors who have earned at least $500 in writing income in the 18 months prior to applying for membership to qualify to be associate members; those earning at least $5,000 qualify to be regular, voting members. Now, any writer published by a traditional American book publisher continues to quality for membership, as do freelance writers who publish three articles, stories, or poems in broadly distributed periodicals in 18 months.

The Authors Guild marks its 100th anniversary this year.