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Chasing payments Sign in Join
Copyright and permissions Sign in Join
Dealing with literary agents Sign in Join
Handling the trolls (article first published in The Author, Spring 2018) Download
Magazine submissions code of practice Download
Negotiating payments for translations Download
Publicity and marketing Sign in Join
Speaking at events Sign in Join

Speaking at events: engaging freelancers (terms for commissioners)

What type of deal is that? Download
Your copyrights and papers after death Sign in Join
Your rights when your publisher becomes insolvent Sign in Join

Non-SoA Guides

HW Fisher's tax guide for authors and journalists Download