SoA Blog


What do you do, exactly?

Author and Penguin Press publicist Pen Vogler advises on how to get the best from your publicist.

Being heard, being seen

Amina Jama calls for safe and inclusive creative spaces.

What a time to launch a debut novel

Kerry Buchanan on launching a first novel during a pandemic and lockdown.

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.

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

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.

Surviving the pandemic: Side hustle ideas for authors

Candy Gourlay offers advice on how authors can diversify income streams during the pandemic.

The (awareness of) uncertainty pandemic

Author and physician Anthony Kessel on uncertainty and coping in the time of Covid

What we do when we look at your contract

Making the most out of your SoA contract advice, by Catherine Fuller

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’

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.

How to prepare an online poetry event

Advice from our Poetry & Spoken Word Group committee on preparing – and hosting – an online poetry event.

Did East Berlin smell different from West Berlin?

Ben Fergusson considers the benefits of doing historical research online – during a pandemic and beyond.

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.

Protecting your mental health: Coping with Covid-19

Lucy Coats offers ten tips for protecting your mental health during Covid-19.

Proper people

Colin Grant on uncovering the stories of Caribbean migration to Britain for his book, Homecoming, and finding authenticity in lost oral histories

A Time Comes

Poet and novelist Ben Okri calls for justice, listening, and for an end to silence.

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.

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.

COVID-19 update: Author income collection

An update from ALCS, PLR and DACS on author income streams in the wake of COVID-19.