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The Society of Authors is a trade union for professional writers, which has over 9,000 members. We advise on rights, fees or on any query about the business of writing, and we also provide training.
We represent authors in collective negotiations with publishers to improve terms generally, as well as lobbying on issues that affect authors such as copyright, PLR and unfair terms. We also campaign about matters of principal concern to our members.
We act as literary representative for the estates of distinguished writers including George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Philip Larkin, E. M. Forster, Rosamond Lehmann, Walter de la Mare, John Masefield and Compton Mackenzie.
Why you should join
"I would like to pay tribute to the excellent support afforded me over the years by the Society. Their expertise and assistance benefitted me, and several other authors by extension, in achieving a successful resolution and safeguarded our copyright, in a lengthy dispute with a publisher. Other instances of the Society's support have been providing valuable advice on contracts and obtaining long overdue Royalties, when mention of the Society's name was sufficient to achieve results!"
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