Guides and Useful Articles

We publish and host a number of guides, articles and other items to give you the basics on a wide range of areas of interest. We also keep an archive of articles from our magazine, The Author, which relate to common queries. 

SoA members are encouraged to use these publications as a complement to the free, unlimited advisory service we provide.

The table below contains a full list of our publications and those we host. These are all free to members and can be downloaded if you are signed in. If you would prefer, you can email us to request any of the guides.

Some guides are available for non-members to purchase. Call 020 3880 2230 to arrange payment, or email us for further details. Prices are inclusive of administration and postage or VAT if sent digitally.

Signing in to read the guides

To open up most of the guides, you will need to sign in to our members’ area. Your username will be your five-digit SoA ID number, found on your membership card.

If you're not sure of your password, or can't find your SoA ID, please email

Name SoA members Non-members

Business, Tax and Accountancy

List of Accountants Recommended by Members Free £12
List of Solicitors Recommended by Members Free £12
Guidance on Tax on Foreign Income and US Double Taxation  Free £6
Guidance on Copyrights and Papers in Your Will and After Death (Updated 2020) Free £20
HW Fisher Tax Guide for Authors (2021/22) Free Free
Quick Guide to Pensions Free Free
Guide to the Pros and Cons of Forming a Limited Company Free £12

  Copyright, Defamation and Other Rights and Liabilities

Copyright in Ideas and Facts - Duncan Lamont (2013)  Free Not available
Guide to Copyright in Artistic Works Free £2
Guide to Copyright and Permissions Free Free
Guide to the Protection of Titles Free £2
Negligent Mis-statement - Nicola Solomon (2006)  Free Not available
Seminar: Copyright for Non-fiction Authors - Harbottle & Lewis (2015)  Free Not available
Guide to Online Book Piracy (2019) Free Free
Piracy - various authors (2011)  Free Not available
Rights in Characters - Nicola Solomon (2016) Free Free
The Right of Privacy - Andrew Caldecott QC (2007) Free Not available
The Defamation Act 2013 - David Hooper, Brid Jordan, Kim Waite and Oliver Murphy (2013)  Free Not available

Legal problems with Publishers

Guide to Chasing Payment Free £12
Your rights when your publisher becomes insolvent Free Free
Defaulting Publishers - Nicola Solomon (2008) Free Not available
Negligent Publishers - Nicola Solomon (2003) Free Not available

Publishing Terms and Practice

Guide to Dealing with Literary Agents Free £12
Guidance on Fee-based Assignments Free £6
Guide to Ghost Writing and Company Histories Free £5
Guide to Publishing Contracts Free £12
Guide to Translator-Publisher Contracts Free £12

Make Ebooks Pay - NUJ

Free Not available
The Economics of Publishing the Midlist - Anthony Haynes (2007) Free Not available
The Truth about Publishers' Marketing Campaigns - John Bond (2003) Free Not available
What sort of deal are you being offered? Free Free
Guidance on Relay Translations Free £6
List of Children's Agents Recommended by Members  Free Not available
Other Media - Films, Documentaries, etc. 
Alliance for the Protection of Copyright (APC) Code of Practice (2022) Free Free
Book to Screen - Various authors (2000) Free Not available
Guide to Film Options Free £1
Supplying Material for Documentaries - Mike Sharland (2006) Free Not available
Do It Yourself
A Creative Guide to Public Speaking - AMTV  Free Not available
A Practical Guide to TV and Radio Interviews - AMTV Free Not available
Author Appearances Survey (2010) Free Free
Guide for Authors Visiting Colleges and Universities Free Free
A Guide for Authors Visiting Schools and Libraries Free Free
Guide to Virtual Author Visits Free Free
Contractual and Payment Terms for Author Appearances Free £12
Guide to Terms for Engaging Freelancers Free Free
Events Checklist Free Free
Invoice Checklist  Free Free
A Guide for Schools Organising an Author Visit Free Free
Guide to Dealing with Newspapers and Magazines Free £12
Guide for Festivals Engaging Authors Free Free
Guide to Festivals for Authors Free Free
Minimum Practice Guidelines for Festivals Free Free
Guidance on Author-commissioned Translations Free £2
Guidance on Fees for Author School Visits Free Free
Guide to Indexing Your Book - John Vickers Free £10
Guide to Getting the Best from Amazon Free £10
Guide to Publicity and Marketing Free £12
Money from Free Books - Jonathan T Scott (2009) Free Not available
Perfecting Your Presentation - AMTV Free Not available
Sample T&Cs for Events in Schools and Libraries Free Free
Seven Secrets of a Personal Presentation - AMTV Free Not available
Seven Secrets of Successful TV and Radio Interviews - AMTV Free Not available
Take a Walk - Simon Whaley (2011) Free Not available
Top Ten Tips on News Releases - AMTV Free Not available
The Jobbing Writer - Roy Bainton (2008) Free Not available
Guidance on Vanity Publishing Free Free
What's the Point of Author Visits Free Free
Your Online Presence - Kristen Harrison (2014-15) Free Not available
Web Security Free Free

From The Author

Handling the Trolls Free Free
How Literary Fiction Survives Free Free
How to Blog Well Free Free
How to Use YouTube Free Free
Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement Free Free
The Economics of Publishing Free Free
Videogame Writing Free Free
Tax-Deductible Expenses Free Free
Twitter Tips Free Free
Controversies Around Self-publishing Services Free Free

Non-SoA Guides

NAWE Casual Contracts Code of Practice Free Free
Samaritans - depiction of suicide and self-harm in literature Free Free
Set up as self-employed (a 'sole trader'): step by step ( resource) Free Free