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WHAT WE DO

WHAT WE DO

The SoA protects the rights and furthers the interests of all types of authors.

We are a membership organisation representing over 9,500 professional authors from all sectors and genres.

Advocacy

We campaign and lobby government on the issues that impact on authors and negotiate with publishers and broadcasters. We have subsidiary groups representing the concerns of translators, children’s writers and illustrators, educational writers, and broadcast writers.

Advice

We offer detailed advice and contract vetting to our members and produce guides and resources for all aspects of the profession. 

Events

We organise events, including a wide range of conferences, seminars, talks and one-to-one workshops.

Awards, Prizes and Grants

We administer a wide range of grants and prizes, including the Authors’ Foundation – one of the few bodies making grants to help with works in progress for established writers.

Estates

We act as literary representative for the estates of distinguished writers including Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Philip Larkin and E. M. Forster.

 

JOINING THE SoA

A year’s subscription costs less than 15 minutes of a solicitor’s time and entitles you to a wide range of support and services. Whatever your field of writing, you are eligible to join as soon as you have been offered a contract from a publisher, broadcaster or agent. Find out more and join online

 

 

What our members say

  • 'It is tough out there for authors: a 2015 report put a UK writer’s median income at £11,000. Luckily, the people largely responsible for the creation of our multibillion-pound industry have Solomon and the SoA to go to bat for them. This year, Solomon and the SoA’s president Philip Pullman and chair Daniel Hahn have lobbied hard to protect authors from onerous and unfair contracts and greater protection for Public Lending Right.'

    The Bookseller 100

The Author

The Author is the Society’s quarterly journal.
The Author is the Society’s quarterly journal.
The Author is the Society’s quarterly journal.

Membership

An annual subscription (£102 or £73 if you're under 35) entitles you to unlimited advice on all aspects of the writing profession.

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