The Society of Authors
'A subscription to the Society is the greatest investment a writer can make.' Philip Pullman
About the SoA
Council & President
Work for us
Dignity & respect
Join the SoA
Previously a member?
Where we stand
C.R.E.A.T.O.R. - fair contract terms
Diversity and Inclusivity
Freedom of expression
Tax & benefits for authors
Public Lending Right (PLR)
Festivals, teaching & appearances
Access to funding
Special sales and ultra-high discounts
Literacy, reading and cultural education
Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses
Comics Creators Network
Children's Writers and Illustrators
Poetry and Spoken Word
Society of Authors in Scotland
Society of Authors in Wales
Author A to Z
The SoA Space
Ask an advisor
Guides and articles
Rates and fees
Frequently asked questions
The Society of Authors' Awards
Reading for Pleasure Award
Other Prizes & Awards
Grants for works in progress
The Authors' Contingency Fund
P.D. James Memorial Fund
Twitter Book Club
30 March 2021
What a time to launch a debut novel
Kerry Buchanan on launching a first novel during a pandemic and lockdown.
15 March 2021
Indexers: What do you need to know?
Indexer Paula Clarke Bain makes the case for her profession, and describes how authors can work with indexers to get the best results.
14 February 2021
Speaking the language of grant applications
Isabel Thomas introduces her 'So what? Who cares? Why you?' approach to applying for funding to support creative work
06 January 2021
How to create an accessible writing group
How to ensure your writing group is welcoming, accessible and supportive for all types of writers with disabilities and chronic illnessess.
21 December 2020
Surviving the pandemic: Side hustle ideas for authors
Candy Gourlay offers advice on how authors can diversify income streams during the pandemic.
16 December 2020
The (awareness of) uncertainty pandemic
Author and physician Anthony Kessel on uncertainty and coping in the time of Covid
14 December 2020
What we do when we look at your contract
Making the most out of your SoA contract advice, by Catherine Fuller
16 November 2020
What to say, how to say it
Anna Caig on how to sell your writing and perform well in the online interviews that have become the ‘new normal’
01 October 2020
Seeing ourselves in British history
Jason Young ponders the lack of Black British characters in period drama – and finds hope that those stories will get told.
03 August 2020
How to prepare an online poetry event
Advice from our Poetry & Spoken Word Group committee on preparing – and hosting – an online poetry event.
27 July 2020
Before You Sign | Scamming (Update)
Updated guidance on scamming
22 July 2020
Did East Berlin smell different from West Berlin?
Ben Fergusson considers the benefits of doing historical research online – during a pandemic and beyond.
14 July 2020
Five tips for (new) educational authors
The world of educational publishing can be tricky to navigate for new writers. Here are five tips to keep in mind.
01 July 2020
Protecting your mental health: Coping with Covid-19
Lucy Coats offers ten tips for protecting your mental health during Covid-19.
22 June 2020
Colin Grant on uncovering the stories of Caribbean migration to Britain for his book, Homecoming, and finding authenticity in lost oral histories
17 June 2020
Before You Sign | Contracts, cancellations and COVID-19
Eddie Reeves on contractual considerations in the wake of Coronavirus cancellations.
13 June 2020
A Time Comes
Poet and novelist Ben Okri calls for justice, listening, and for an end to silence.
13 June 2020
Since the horrific death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the country has been talking about race and racism. Or has it? Writer Elizabeth-Anne Wheal on the urgent need for white people to listen...
12 June 2020
Eric Gregory Award 2019: One year on…
We catch up with five of last year's Eric Gregory Award winners to find out where they are now.
29 May 2020
Journey to Jilin: McKitterick Prize 2019
Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott describes her month-long writing residency stay in Jilin, China as part of her 2019 McKitterick Prize win.
In This Section
My Writing Income
Before you sign...
From The Author
Management Committee Blog