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Moving

Moving on up: SoA's new office (January gallery)

Take a look at some of the photos of the work-in-progress in our new office building.
 
Charkin's

Charkin's half century in publishing

Richard Charkin considers how publishing has changed since he started work in 1972.
 
Boost

Boost your book sales

Ian Moore explains how a marketing strategy can boost self-publishing sales on Amazon – and can benefit traditionally published authors too.
 
How

How to read your work aloud

Dawn Finch unpicks what it takes to read your work aloud, from learning to project your voice to capturing new fans with a strong opening.
 
#WorldMentalHealthDay

#WorldMentalHealthDay 2018 - searching for balance

On World Mental Health Day, Martin Reed asks if we sometimes get so wrapped up in the writing process that we forget to look after ourselves.
 
Despite

Despite tight school budgets an author visit to a school creates something that's priceless

Intervention Teacher and (Voluntary) School Librarian Kate Gieler blogs for us on the real-world impacts of author visits.
 
Need

Need help with getting permissions? | PLS blog

Publishers' Licensing Services introduce their free service for authors and editors seeking permission to reuse content.
 
What

What does Brexit mean for authors?

The SoA's Public Affairs Manager Tim Gallagher blogs about the current status of the Brexit negotiations and what they mean for authors, poets, scriptwriters and illustrators. 
 

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.
 
‘Stimulating,

‘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.
 
Georgette

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.
 
The

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

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.
 
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...
 
History

History in Pictures, March 2018

We've been active since 1884. Have a peek into the SoA's history with our #HistoryInPictures roundups.
 
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.
 
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.
 
5

5 Skills for Self-Publishers | Ignaty Dyakov

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