At this year's BookExpo America, the Authors Guild is rolling out its Fair Contract Initiative, a series of commentaries it will publish in the coming months that take a "fresh look at the standard book publishing contract."

"Our guiding principle for this new initiative is to restore balance to the author-publisher relationship and help authors achieve a fair return for the efforts they contribute to the joint venture of book publication," said the Guild. These commentaries, which will be published at, will first address the "major inequities" in boilerplate contract terms, and then move on to educate authors on which terms are negotiable, according to the Guild.

The group will be distributing its launch statement at BEA on Thursday and Friday.