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.
WHAT WE DO
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.
Please view our eligibility criteria before completing an application form.
BENEFITS AND SUBSCRIPTION
Subscriptions start at £64 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.
Youth (35 years and under): £64 by Direct Debit, £68 by other methods
Full: £90 by Direct Debit; £95 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 you should contact Membership on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7373 6642 rather than completing the online form.
Alternatively, you can download an application form below:
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.