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#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

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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.
 
What's

What's in a Word? | Jamila Gavin

Children's author Jamila Gavin writes on language, diversity and the power of words.
 
Why

Why the celeb-heavy World Book Day list IS a problem

The celebrification of children’s literature is not new but it reached what my mother-in-law used to call a “peak low” with the list of books announced as World Book Day giveaway...
 
The

The Micawber principle

Andrew Franklin of Profile Books opens up his accounts for inspection.
 
The

The Writer's Paradox - Ahmet Altan

‘They may have the power to imprison me but no one has the power to keep me in prison,’ writes imprisoned Turkish author Ahmet Altan on the eve of his trial.