Roxana Robinson Elected as President of The Authors Guild

The Authors Roxana Robinson Elected as President of The Authors Guild The Authors Guild Guild announced on Monday that Roxana Robinson, an American novelist and biographer, has been elected to replace Scott Turow as president.

At its annual meeting on Wednesday of last week, The Authors Guild members also elected Judy Blume, Richard Russo, and James Shapiro as co-vice presidents. CJ Lyons joined the Guild’s executive Council.

Mr Turow led The Authors Guild through a tumultuous time that included the rise of independent authors as they gained more ways to bypass publishers and reach readers directly, the rise and fall of Agency pricing, and a surging global ebook market.

During his tenure, Mr Turow oversaw 2 important legal battles that were successfully resolved with rulings that confirmed the definition of fair use, benefiting publishers and the public alike. The Google Books case, which was initially filed in 2005, and the HaithiTrust case, which was filed and resolved on Mr Turow's watch, both resulted in rulings that will help creators in the long run.

The Authors Guild is of course appealing those rulings: “Groundbreaking lawsuits are most often decided in higher courts,” said Mr. Turow. “We know we were right to bring these cases, and we expect to prevail at the end of the day.”

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. Dazrin18 March, 2014

    I thought this was a quote from the news release and was shocked that they would actually write it. 🙂

    “…The Google Books case, which was initially filed in 2005, and the HaithiTrust case, which was filed and resolved on Mr Turow’s watch, both resulted in rulings that will help creators in the long run.

    The Authors Guild is of course appealing those rulings:…”

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    1. fjtorres18 March, 2014

      No surprise.
      Turow’s author’s guild was militantly pro-publisher.
      It remains to be seen if the changing of the guard results in any meaningful change.

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    2. Nate Hoffelder18 March, 2014

      I was going for a subtle form of snark.

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      1. fjtorres18 March, 2014

        Nothing subtle about Turow’s brownosing, though.

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        1. flyingtoastr18 March, 2014

          When an author stands up for a major publishing house it’s “brownosing”, but when an author stand up for self-publishing they’re “sticking it to the man”.

          Do you see the contradiction caused by your biases?

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          1. Nate Hoffelder18 March, 2014

            Where did Felix write “sticking it to the man”?

            The thing about Turow is that he never missed an opportunity to release a statement in support of whatever position the legacy publishers were taking. It didn’t matter whether the AG had a stake in the fight; he still took the side of the publishers – and sometimes he made arguments that were detrimental to the interests of authors.

            His actions rose to the point of brown-nosing whenever there was an Amazon-publisher conflict. Arguably authors benefit as much if not more by dealing with Amazon instead of publishers, but Turow still sided with the publishers.

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          2. fjtorres18 March, 2014

            Others have dissected Turow’s tenure and pandering to the trad press far better than I could.

            http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/a-list-of-things-scott-turow-doesnt-care-about/

            In every instance he sided with the publishers against authors and readers.

            For a sampling of what actual authors think, check the comments here:
            http://www.thepassivevoice.com/04/2013/a-list-of-things-scott-turow-doesnt-care-about/

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            1. Nate Hoffelder18 March, 2014

              I forgot that post, thanks!

              Yes, the Author Solutions acquisition is the perfect example of Turow going against the interest of authors.

  2. Greg Strandberg19 March, 2014

    Well I guess he’s gone now so everything’s dandy!

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  3. […] is the second new face to join The Authors Guild leadership this year; in March 2014 Roxana Robinson was elected president of The AG, succeeding Scott […]

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  4. […] me that The Authors Guild is going to be quite the different entity under Roxana Robinson. She was elected president of The Authors Guild in March 2014, and replaced Scott Turow. While Robinson doesn't like Amazon any more than Turow did, her […]

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