The Society of Authors
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16 August 2019
Before You Sign | 10 Red Flags
This month we focus on what to look out for and when to call in the SoA advisors.
16 July 2019
Before You Sign | Social Media
Solicitors Briffa take a look at what to consider before posting on social media.
12 July 2019
Writing Audio Drama: Don't forget to shut the door
Veteran radio dramatist Neville Teller offers tips for authors new to writing audio drama.
25 June 2019
Six tips to submitting to poetry magazines
Robin Houghton advises newer poets on the best way to submit their work to magazines.
19 June 2019
Before You Sign | Virtual Author Visits
Before you agree to live streaming a virtual visit for schools, universities or festivals, read our advice.
07 June 2019
What's changed? Eric Gregory poets a year on
We ask four Eric Gregory winners about the impact of winning a prize a year on from the celebrations.
24 May 2019
Is piracy mainstream now? | Anne Rooney
Anne Rooney considers the influence big organisations have on book piracy, and the ripple effect on the book industry.
20 May 2019
Spotlight on Scriptwriting: May round-up
Theo Jones, co-secretary of the Scriptwriters Group, presents a round-up of recent events and activities in the world of scriptwriting.
16 May 2019
Before You Sign | Bank Account Scammers
This month we take a look at what to do if you or your publisher might have been scammed.
15 May 2019
A day off from the world: Authors speak on mental health
For Mental Health Awareness Week we speak to the 2018 Betty Trask Award winners about the pressures of being an author.
10 May 2019
How authors can help remove their books from online pirate sites
Find out what you can do if your books appear on pirate sites
15 April 2019
Moving on up: SoA's new office (April)
We're finally in! Welcome to our new headquarters at 24 Bedford Row in Bloomsbury.
10 April 2019
Before You Sign | Negligent Misstatements
Be careful when writing not to give misleading or dangerous advice, writes Nicola Solomon.
01 April 2019
Making it hurt less: book tours
Author Adam Kay on book tours, marketing and getting paid – what if there's another way?
29 March 2019
Standing up for authors, with David Donachie
The Editor of The Author interviews David Donachie, Chair of the SoA’s Management Committee.
27 March 2019
Getting heard: A guide to complaining effectively
Janis Griffiths looks at how to get heard effectively by those in authority.
15 March 2019
Moving on up: SoA's new office (March gallery)
We've come a long way in the last few months – check out the latest photos of our new office in Bloomsbury.
06 March 2019
Before You Sign | Author-Commissioned Illustrations
If you are commissioning the services of a fellow-creator, try to treat them as you would expect to be treated yourself.
01 March 2019
Brexit: business as usual or time for change?
Read our summary of this week's panel event on the implications of Brexit for authors and the publishing industry.
15 February 2019
Six top tips for visiting the London Book Fair
We've put together our top tips to making the most of the London Book Fair.
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