SoA at the London Book Fair 2020 (10-12 March)

Location: Olympia, London
Address: Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
Event time: 10 - 12 March 2020
Discounted tickets, SoA talks, advisor surgeries, and our 2020 stand across 10-12 March.

Event details

Join us at the 49th London Book Fair – 10-12 March 2020.

Come and meet the team, chat to our advisors, and find out what we're campaigning for this year. You'll find us on stand 1F53, listed as 'Society of Authors' in your programme, at the following times:

  • – Tue 10 March 2020: 09:00 – 18:30
  • – Wed 11 March 2020: 09:00 – 18:30
  • – Thu 12 March 2020: 09:00 – 16:00

Be sure to check out Author HQ for talks, networking and more.


Exclusive 50% offer code for SoA members

We have a limited supply of half-price tickets available to SoA members - £25 instead of £50.

CLICK HERE to book your ticket and use the offer code SOA20. The code is only valid until Monday 9 March.

Alternatively, you can click here for the link that automatically applies the discount.

If you are not offered the discounted price after filling in the form, please contact us. For general registration, click here.


Meet our advisors

We’d love to meet you, whether you’re an SoA member, you’re just starting out or you’ve been in the industry for years. Our advisors will be on hand each day so you can talk to them in person.


The Writers’ Summit: Rights, Contracts and Permissions

With SoA’s Chief Executive Nicola Solomon, chaired by Bec Evans

Tuesday 10 March, 10.50am-11.15am, The Percola, Olympia

The Writers’ Summit is aimed at aspiring and hybrid authors, is a fantastic opportunity for budding, beginner and hybrid authors to hear from industry influencers to help with making informed decisions and developing successful writing careers. See the full programme.

Nicola Solomon is the Chief Executive of the Society of Authors- the UK’s trade union for writers of all genres and all stages of their career. Nicola’s role encompasses protecting authors' interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, advising individual authors and campaigning for authors’ rights, as well as for the wider cultural environment. Nicola is a solicitor expert in the publishing industry and the associated law, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract. She is a Deputy District Judge and sits on the board of the International Authors’ Forum and the British Copyright Council.

Bec Evans is author of How to Have a Happy Hustle and co-founder of | @beprolifiko / @eva_bec.


Author HQ talk: Making Writing Pay

With SoA’s Sarah Baxter, Abie Longstaff and Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

Wednesday 11 March, 11.45am-12.30pm, Writer's Block

An expert team of writers – on the board of the SoA – will guide you through questions you should ask and avenues to explore to make money from your writing, chaired by the SoA's Sarah Baxter.

Children's author Abie Longstaff and crime writer and literary scout Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin will help you navigate publishing options, festivals and performance, teaching and lecturing, competitions and prizes as well as grants and other funding to help you be a better paid and more professional writer.

Sarah Baxter advises members on publishing contracts and issues. Administers grants for writers in need. Handles our literary estates, including print permissions and amateur stage licences.

Abie Longstaff is a children’s writer. Her books range from picture books to middle grade fiction (spanning roughly ages 2 to 11) and she is published by Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Hachette, Templar and others. She also writes school readers for a range of educational publishers.

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin writes crime as the bestselling author Sam Blake. The founder of, the multi-award winning writing resources website and The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy, she is also developed Murder One, Ireland's International Crime Writing Festival. Vanessa works with authors at every level of their career to achieve their full potential across a broad range of disciplines, genre and publishing opportunities. Working closely with agents and publishers, she is Ireland's leading literary scout.

Join our Translators Association in the Literary Translation Centre

The SoA Translators Association are once again co-programming the events at the Literary Translation Centre. Visit us on stand 5F150 in the Literary Translation Centre, which provides a hub for learning, debate and networking for all those passionate about the art and business of literary translation. Find out more