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Before

Before You Sign | Obtaining Permissions

Many contracts make the author responsible for obtaining permission for the use of any material from other sources, and for paying permission fees.
 
Calling

Calling authors earning less than £6205 a year: how will National Insurance changes affect you?

If you earn less than £6205 a year, proposed changes mean that you could see a fivefold increase in your National Insurance Contributions.
 
Talking

Talking points in Arts Council England’s ‘conversation’ – what we’ve said so far

The Society of Authors has responded to Arts Council England’s ‘conversation’ about its plans for the next ten years. This is the first stage of ACE’s consultation on its...
 
Before

Before You Sign | Over-Reaching Contracts

Keep in mind that some contracts can affect your writing life far beyond the confines of the work you're being contracted for. Our experts point out the terms to watch out for.
 
The

The Truth About Truth | EA Wheal

As a new survey reveals that fake news travels faster and convinces more people than real news, Elizabeth-Anne Wheal offers a perspective on truth in the age of information warfare.
 
History

History in Pictures, March 2018

We've been active since 1884. Have a peek into the SoA's history with our #HistoryInPictures roundups.
 
Before

Before You Sign | Getting your rights back

For February we went to the advisors for tips on how to get your rights back from publishers, and what to watch out for at the end of contracts.
 
Five

Five rules on how not to write a biography | Jon Collins

Jon Collins lays out his five rules for avoiding disaster when writing biography.
 
Jumping

Jumping through hoops | Patrick Humphries

Writing for radio can be enormously satisfying... provided you can jump through all the right hoops - broadcaster Patrick Humphries writes.
 
Before

Before You Sign | Money from unexpected sources

This month we asked the advisors about collective licensing - a way for authors to quickly and easily boost their income.
 
Listening,

Listening, closely... | Alice Lutyens

Print publishers’ assumption that audio rights should be bundled with print is not directly beneficial to authors, argues Alice Lutyens.
 
DIY

DIY PR | Dan Tyte

Dan Tyte shares his best tips for running your own book publicity.
 
Before

Before You Sign | Rights and Characters

Thinking about using someone else's character? Concerned someone's using yours? This month we got the advisors to explain how copyright applies to fictional characters, and what you need to...
 
5

5 Skills for Self-Publishers | Ignaty Dyakov

Educational author Ignaty Dyakov shares his 5 tips for self-published authors.
 
Before

Before You Sign | Prizes and Competitions

This month we asked the advisors what you should look out for when entering prizes and competitions.
 
Abuse

Abuse and the poison of silence | EA Wheal

Last Friday, in response to the waves of allegations surfacing in the film industry, The Bookseller published the results of an anonymous survey into sexual harassment in the publishing industry...
 
What's

What's in a Word? | Jamila Gavin

Children's author Jamila Gavin writes on language, diversity and the power of words.
 
Before

Before You Sign | Accounting Terms for Authors

Our experts give a rundown of your contract’s fiddly financial bits.
 
Why

Why the celeb-heavy World Book Day list IS a problem

The celebrification of children’s literature is not new but it reached what my mother-in-law used to call a “peak low” with the list of books announced as World Book Day giveaway...
 
The

The Micawber principle

Andrew Franklin of Profile Books opens up his accounts for inspection.