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Joining The SoA

The advice and help that the Society's staff dispense, and the weight of experience that they can bring to bear, are immensely valuable. A subscription to the Society is the greatest investment any writer can make.

Philip Pullman



We campaign on the issues that matter to authors. Recently we have been active in areas including book-pricing, libraries, fees, PLR, copyright and contract terms.

We negotiate with publishers and broadcasters and have specialist groups representing the concerns of different genres and types of writers.

We create networks, both real and virtual, to help you connect with other authors and find support.



We vet your contracts, clause-by-clause, confidentially and free.

We offer unlimited personal advice from highly-experienced advisors.

We inform members about what matters most to them through regular communications and our quarterly magazine, The Author.

We publish practical guides covering contracts, VAT, libel, agents, speaking engagements, self-publishing and more.

We provide a tax helpline, for one-to-one, confidential advice.



We organise events, including a wide range of conferences, seminars, talks and one-to-one workshops across the UK, to keep writers ahead of the latest developments.

You get exclusive rates on tickets.



You get discounts on specialist insurance, making significant savings, including Public Liability, Professional Indemnity and Tax Inspection.

You save money on books, magazines and journal subscriptions.

You get free membership of ALCS, a guaranteed British Library card and discounts on joining many other organisations.
You get access to many more offers and deals...



Who is the SoA for?

The SoA exists to support professional authors of all kinds, whatever you write, translate or illustrate, and however it is published or reaches an audience.  

Whether you’re just starting out or already working professionally you can join and start receiving advice and benefits right away.

The criteria are guidelines only and all applications are judged individually. If you are at all unsure please read our criteria for eligibilitytake the quiz or just ask us.

You can also join as the owner or administrator of a literary estate.

If you are an aspiring writer but not yet eligible to join, you may find it useful to have a look at our FAQs about writing and sign up to our free newsletter and events bulletin.



Subscriptions start at £69 per year* and entitles you to our full range of advice and services, including the confidential clause-by-clause vetting of any contract you are offered from a publisher, agent, producer, etc.


Subscription Rates

Youth (35 years and under): £69 by Direct Debit, £73 by other methods

Full: £97 by Direct Debit; £102 by other methods


Other concessions and quarterly Direct Debits are available from the second year of membership.


Please note: We will take up complaints for members if an issue of general concern to authors is at stake, and the risk and cost preclude individual action, legal proceedings may be undertaken at our expense. Our members see their subscription to the SoA as a form of insurance, which can be important even if you have an agent. A typical hour's consultation with an intellectual property lawyer would cost you at least £250.

We will also be pleased to give guidance and advice (but cannot incur legal expense or become directly involved) in connection with difficulties pending at the time of election or re-election, publishing agreements where the author contributes towards the cost of production, problems arising outside of the UK, or a dispute with another author.



To join, simply complete the online application form below or download an application form and return it to us with an application payment. Please note, there is a compulsory application fee. This will cover the first year of your subscription and if for any reason you are not elected it will be automatically refunded.

Click here to apply online

IMPORTANT: Please note, if you have ever previously been a member of the SoA and wish to re-join, do not complete the online form. Instead contact the membership department on membership@societyofauthors.org or 020 7373 6642.

Alternatively, you can download an application form below:

    As a PDF document

    As a Word document

Please return the form to the Membership Department, by email, fax or post. For immediate advice on a contract, please include a copy of the contract with your application form; you can expect a response within about a week.



Email the Membership Department or phone us on 020 7373 6642.



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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