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The Society of Authors is a trade union for professional writers, which has over 9,000 members. We advise on rights, fees or on any query about the business of writing, and we also provide training.
We represent authors in collective negotiations with publishers to improve terms generally, as well as lobbying on issues that affect authors such as copyright, PLR and unfair terms. We also campaign about matters of principal concern to our members.
We act as literary representative for the estates of distinguished writers including George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Philip Larkin, E. M. Forster, Rosamond Lehmann, Walter de la Mare, John Masefield and Compton Mackenzie.
Why you should join
"It is extraordinarily reassuring when one receives a contract review that is as complete, detailed, clear, and helpful as the one I received today. I'm very glad I joined, am delighted with the service the Society has provided, and intend to spread the good word to others I know. As a member of several other guilds and professional unions, I have to say I wish all were as responsive as SoA has been."
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