Where We Stand in Scotland

As a UK trade union representing more than 11,800 authors (including over 850 in Scotland) of every discipline, all ages; from every background, and at every career stage, the Society of Authors works for better terms and greater inclusion, diversity and representation across the publishing industry.

We work closely with partners across the sector to strengthen our influence in the development of Scottish government policy and industry practice for the benefit of all Scottish author communities.


New For 2022

 

Sitting within the SoA’s policy and campaigns team, the Senior Policy and Liaison Manager for Scotland will work on the ground with our Scottish National Committee to improve the publishing landscape for authors in Scotland. This crucial pilot role is funded for 12 months by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

This funding will allow the SoA to provide additional professional support to authors, illustrators and literary translators across Scotland. The impact and sustainability of this role will be assessed during 2022.


Key aims for the SoA in Scotland (SoAiS)

The Senior Policy and Liaison Manager for Scotland will work with the committee and key partners to:

  1. Increase author awareness about the publishing industry, Intellectual Property and the core business skills needed to sustain a creative career.
  2. Strengthen relationships with organisations across the Scottish literature and publishing sectors to improve terms, pay, and support, strengthening professional networks and influencing policy.
  3. Reach out to authors (established and emerging) to provide resources and strengthen professional networks.
  4. Promote the value of literature and the creative industries to the wider Scottish public.
  5. Raise awareness of the paid opportunities for authors in Scotland.

Partners

The SoA in Scotland is represented at meetings of Literature Alliance Scotland and the Scottish Parliamentary Cross-Party Group on Culture and Media and other cross-party groups on Culture in Scottish government.


Literature Alliance Scotland

The Society of Authors in Scotland (SoAiS) is a member of Literature Alliance Scotland. You can read the latest newsletter from the Literature Alliance Scotland/Caidreabhas Litreachais Alba, here.


Scottish Association of Writers

The Society of Authors in Scotland (SoAiS) works closely with the Scottish Association of Writers. The association serves to bring local writers clubs and their members throughout Scotland together, in order to provide support as well as networking opportunities.


Writers Guild of Great Britain - Scottish branch

The Society of Authors in Scotland (SoAiS) works closely with the Writers Guild of Great Britain – Scottish branch.

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is a trade union representing professional writers in TV, film, theatre, radio, books, comedy, poetry, animation and videogames.


Publishing Scotland

The Society of Authors in Scotland (SoAiS) is a network member of Publishing Scotland. Together we have produced a Good Practice Covenant between authors and publishers in Scotland. Read the Voluntary Code.


Scottish Book Trust

The Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives. The Trust has a range of programmes including Book Bug for young children, Live Literature events for all ages, writing prompts and awards. 


Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library is a unique national resource and advocate for the art of poetry, and Scottish poetry in particular. Physically and virtually, the Scottish Poetry Library’s doors are open.


Scottish Society of Playwrights

The Scottish Society of Playwrights (SSP) is a membership organisation representing the interests of professional playwrights in Scotland.


BAME Writers Network Scotland

The Scottish BAME Writers Network provides advocacy, literary events and professional development opportunities for BAME writers based in or from Scotland.


We work with all Scottish festivals to help improve terms for authors, including Bloody Scotland and Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF).

As part of our UK-wide work, the SoA works closely with the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society, the Creative Industries Federation and Creators’ Rights Alliance.