Guides and Useful Articles

We publish and host a number of guides, articles and other items to give you the basics on a wide range of areas of interest. We also keep an archive of articles from our magazine, The Author, which relate to common queries. 

SoA members are encouraged to use these publications as a complement to the free, unlimited advisory service we provide. 

The table below contains a full list of our publications and those we host. These are all free to members and can be downloaded if you are signed in. If you would prefer, you can email us to request any of the guides.

Some guides are available for non-members to purchase. Call 020 7373 6642 to arrange payment, or email us for further details. Prices are inclusive of administration and postage or VAT if sent digitally. 

Name SoA members Non-members

Business, Tax and Accountancy

List of Accountants Recommended by Members Free £12
Forming a Limited Company - Robert Craig and Brian Slater (2006)  Free Not available
Guidance on Tax on Foreign Income and US Double Taxation  Free £6
Guidance on Copyrights and Papers in Your Will and After Death  Free £6
HW Fisher Tax Guide for Authors 2015/16  Free Free
How to Make Life Easier for Your Beneficiaries - Robert Craig (2008) Free Not available
Seminar: Wills and Estates for Authors - Harbottle & Lewis (2015) Free Not available

  Copyright, Defamation and Other Rights and Liabilities

Copyright in Ideas and Facts - Duncan Lamont (2013)  Free Not available
Guide to Copyright in Artistic Works  Free £2
Guide to Libel, Privacy and Confidentiality  Free £2
Guide to Copyright and Permissions Free Free
Guide to the Protection of Titles  Free £2
Negligent Mis-statement - Nicola Solomon (2006)  Free Not available
Seminar: Copyright for Non-fiction Authors - Harbottle & Lewis (2015)  Free Not available
Piracy - various authors (2011)  Free Not available
Ideas, sequels and spin-offs - Nicola Solomon (2003) Free Not available
The Right of Privacy - Andrew Caldecott QC (2007) Free Not available
The Defamation Act 2013 - David Hooper, Brid Jordan, Kim Waite and Oliver Murphy (2013)  Free Not available

Legal problems with Publishers

Guide to Chasing Payment Free £12
Guide to Claiming for Copyright Infringement Free £6
Defaulting Publishers - Nicola Solomon (2008) Free Not available
Negligent Publishers - Nicola Solomon (2003) Free Not available
Insolvent Publishers - Nicola Solomon (2001) Free Not available

Publishing Terms and Practice

Guide to Dealing with Literary Agents Free £12
Guidance on Fee-based Assignments Free £6
Guide to Ghost Writing and Company Histories Free £5
Guide to Publishing Contracts Free £12
Guide to Self-publishing Free £12
Guide to Translator-Publisher Contracts Free £12

Make Ebooks pay - NUJ

Free Not available
The Economics of Publishing the Midlist - Anthony Haynes (2007) Free Not available
The Truth about Publishers' Marketing Campaigns - John Bond (2003) Free Not available
Guidance on what Sort of Deal You are being Offered? Free Free
Guidance on Relay Translations Free £6
List of Children's Agents Recommended by Members  Free Not available
Other Media - Films, Documentaries, etc. 
Book to Screen - Various authors (2000) Free Not available
Guide to Film Options Free £1
Supplying Material for Documentaries - Mike Sharland (2006) Free Not available
Do It Yourself
A Creative Guide to Public Speaking - AMTV  Free Not available
A Practical Guide to TV and Radio Interviews - AMTV Free Not available
Author Appearances Survey (2010) Free Free
Guide for Authors Visiting Colleges and Universities Free Free
A Guide for Authors Visiting Schools and Libraries Free Free
Controversies Around Self-publishing Services - Alison Flood (2014) Free Free
Events Checklist Free Free
Invoice Checklist  Free Free
A Guide for Schools Organising an Author Visit Free Free
Guide for Festivals Engaging Authors Free Free
Guide to Festivals for Authors Free Free
Minimum Practice Guidelines for Festivals Free Free
Guide to Author Appearances Free £10
Guidance on Fees for Author School Visits Free Free
Guide to Indexing Your Book - John Vickers Free £6
Guide to Marketing Your Book - Alison Baverstock and Catherine Charley  Not available Not available
Money from Free Books - Jonathan T Scott (2009) Free Not available
Perfecting Your Presentation - AMTV Free Not available
Seven Secrets of a Personal Presentation - AMTV Free Not available
Seven Secrets of Successful TV and Radio Interviews - AMTV Free Not available
Take a Walk - Simon Whaley (2011) Free Not available
Top Ten Tips on News Releases - AMTV Free Not available
The Jobbing Writer - Roy Bainton (2008) Free Not available
Guidance on Vanity Publishing Free Free
Website Designers Recommended by Members Free  Not available
What's the Point of Author Visits Free Free
Your Online Presence - Kristen Harrison (2014-15) Free Not available
Web Security Free Free