Responding to the changing power dynamic in publishing and the rise of authors, a new group of authors is forming that is meant to serve a new kind of author*:
Authors, construed broadly to include all creators, create for all sorts of reasons. In academia in particular, it is not uncommon to write and create primarily for the specific purpose of being read, seen, and heard.
Unfortunately, many institutions and much of the law and policy that are meant to foster our creative culture are geared toward other interests. The Authors Alliance seeks to find a new balance that gives voice to authors who prioritize public access to their work. Founded by four members of the Berkeley faculty, we are an independent nonprofit organization launching this May. Our mission is to further the public interest in supporting authors who create in order to be read, seen and heard.
* An earlier version of this article said that the Berkeley Center for New Media was launching the organization. This is not the case and has been corrected. We regret the error.