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Guides and Articles

The Society has a number of Quick Guides and Occasional Papers that answer common queries.

If you are having trouble accessing any of the guides, please contact us.

The following Guides are free to download:

Author Appearances Report

Author visits - guidelines for schools

Author visits - guidelines for authors

Controversies Around Self-Publishing Services

Events checklist and Invoicing checklist for events

Guidance for authors talking in universities

Guide to Festivals Engaging Authors

Guide to Festivals - for Authors

Minimum Practice Guidelines for Festivals

Guidance for schools and universities on engaging self-employed authors for one-off appearances

Guidance on fees for school visits

Guide to Authors' Agents

Guide to Copyright and Permissions

Vanity Publishing

What sort of deal are you being offered?

What's The Point of Author Visits?

Members/associates can view all of the Society's Guides and a large range of articles from The Author by logging into the members' area of the website.


The following Guides are available free to members/associates of the Society, £10 post free to non-members:

POD/Ebook Publishing

Publishing Contracts

Translator-Publisher Agreements

Self-Publishing Fiction, General Non-fiction, Poetry and Memoirs. Self-Publishing Specialist Non-fiction supplement


The following Guides are available free to members/associates, £7.50 post free to non-members:

Author Appearances


The following Guides are available free to members/associates, £5 post free to non-members:

Ghost Writing/Collaboration Contracts

Indexing Your Book

Chasing Payment

Claiming for Infringement


The following Guides are free to members/associates, £2 post free to non-members:

The Protection of Titles

Your Copyrights After Your Death

Copyright in Artistic Works including Photographs

Value Added Tax 2010-2011

Income Tax 2012-2013

Libel, Privacy and Confidentiality

Marketing Your Book

Dealing with Newspapers and Magazines


The following Occasional Papers are free to members/associates, £1 post free to non-members:

Film Options on Literary Properties

Vanity/Subsidy Publishing

Packaged Books and Co-Editions


To request any of the above, please email us. If you are not a member, please send your order to Publications, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB, enclosing a cheque made payable to The Society of Authors. You can also pay by credit/debit over the phone on 0207 373 6642 and the guides can be sent electronically.


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Reproduction of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates




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