Reps. Judy Chu and Howard Coble Highlight Creative Collaboration Between Authors and Publishers

Nov 13, 2014
Press Release
Event Featured Panel that Included Bestselling Author David Baldacci and Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright

WASHINGTON, DC – The Creative Rights Caucus (CRC), in collaboration with The Association of American Publishers and The Authors Guild, hosted bestselling authors and publishers at the Capitol today to share unique experiences about the collaboration that transforms manuscripts into extraordinary books. As co-chairs of the CRC, Reps. Chu and Coble released the following statement:

“Great books, both fiction and non, have an incredible ability to capture our hearts and minds, taking us to another place or time with words on a page. Yet many of us do not think about the hard work and collaboration that goes on between authors, publishers, and many others to help take a book from manuscript to marketplace,” said Reps. Chu and Coble. “Together, this collaboration is at the heart of a $27.2 billion industry, but challenges like digital first sale, unreasonable expansion of fair use, and online piracy are threatening the livelihoods of the hard working men and women who bring these works to life. We are proud to have hosted this important panel in order to influence the conversation on copyright law as we continue  moving forward.”

The event featured New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and his editor Mitch Hoffman, VP Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing, along with Pulitzer Prize winning author Lawrence Wright and his editor Ann Close, Senior Editor of Alfred A. Knopf, and was moderated by Marie Arana, former Editor in Chief of The Washington Post’s “Book World” and Senior Advisor to the Librarian of Congress.