My writing income (anonymous)

Academic writing, or how not to make a living

On Woman’s Weekly, by Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris blogs on Woman's Weekly, and why we should all care about their new contract policy.

My writing income: Fiona Scott-Barrett

Educational writer Fiona Scott-Barrett blogs for us about her earnings

My writing income: Ken Cockburn

Author Ken Cockburn blogs for us about his various sources of income

My writing income: Ken Paterson

Author Ken Paterson blogs for us about his various sources of income.

Before You Sign | Workshops and Writing Groups

Our Chief Executive Nicola Solomon jots down some things to keep in mind when you're sharing your work with writing groups.

‘Stimulating, informative and fun!’ | the Educational Writers Group Seminar Day

EWG member Mark Griffiths writes up the recent Educational Writers' Seminar Day, hosted by the Society of Authors.

My writing income: David Boyle

David Boyle blogs for us about his various sources of income and the challenges of making a living as an author.

Before You Sign | Charity Begins at Home

We’re all asked to contribute to charitable causes–money, time, professional expertise. Nicola Solomon asks how you can balance the line between being charitable and being exploited?

Carers Week blog: staying healthy and connected

11-17 June is Carers Week and to celebrate this, Bridget Blankley, a member of our Writers as Carers Group has written this blog on the theme of staying healthy and connected. 

Georgette Heyer’s copyrights

Associate Professor Rebecca Giblin investigates the curious case of Georgette Heyer's copyrights, and examines the historical implications of copyright law for authors.

Before You Sign | Option Clauses

Option Clauses give a publisher the right to get a first look at your future work. This month we asked the advisors for a rundown.

The cure for many ills, by Sarah Waights

Author Sarah Waights shares her experience of an Arvon writing retreat, and how she got together the money to fund it.

Event Report: Performance Skills Workshop with Cat Weatherill, by Claire Fayers

Find out how a pair of socks and an egg helped Claire Fayers become a stronger performer.

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 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 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 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 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 in Pictures, March 2018

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