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The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators. We've been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884.

With over 11,000 members and 25 staff, the SoA provides unlimited, free advice on all aspects of the writing profession, including the confidential, clause-by-clause vetting of publishing agreements, publications and a wide range of benefits.

We empower authors through campaigning, professional training, events, conferences, regional and special interest groups and community networks. We also manage around 15 charities which provide prizes and grants to writers, and we manage over 50 literary estates.

It's an organisation where you can grow and develop and is also a great place to work. Our working culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive. What's more, we’ve recently moved into bright, modern offices located in a vibrant part of Bloomsbury.


We're a member of London's thriving Knowledge Quarter and a London Living Wage Accredited Employer offering our staff attractive benefits, including:
  • Living-Wage-Employer-Logo-(1).PNGGenerous annual leave 
  • Generous employer contributions to a stakeholder pension plan
  • Death-in-service benefit
  • Private healthcare options
  • Interest-free annual travel card loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Flexible working practices
  • Ongoing development opportunities
Join us to make a positive difference for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators.

Current vacancies

Publishing Contracts Advisor

Basic hours per week: Permanent, part-time (up to 21-28 hrs) Location: Bloomsbury, London
Remuneration: £24-28,000 pro rata, depending on experience
Reports to: CEO

An opportunity has arisen to join the Society of Authors’ highly-respected professional advisory team. This role would suit someone looking for their second job dealing with publishing contracts and who is looking to progress to their next role within the field.

The role

You will work as part of our contracts advisory team, which offers the confidential, individual vetting of a range of contracts, from publishers to production companies and literary agencies, to advice on a broad range of queries relating to the business of writing.

It is essential that you feel comfortable working closely with writers, illustrators and translators by phone, email and face-to-face. You should be approachable, flexible, efficient, and able to work as part of a team.

You will have the opportunity to get involved in the wider activities of the SoA, from campaigning and lobbying to attending events, meeting members, giving talks and coordinating one of our special interest groups.

Download the full job description


To apply for this role or to find out more, email Anna Ganley at by Friday 31 January. When applying, please email your CV together with your letter of application. All applications will be acknowledged. 

The SoA is committed to championing equality, inclusivity and diversity. We strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural and educational backgrounds and from under-represented backgrounds.

Financial support

The Book Trade Charity offers financial help to applicants (particularly those under the age of 30) looking for jobs in the book trade, including help with interview costs, affordable housing and accommodation. Find out more here

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