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16 July 2018
‘Stimulating, informative and fun!’ | the Educational Writers Group Seminar Day
EWG member Mark Griffiths writes up the recent Educational Writers' Seminar Day, hosted by the Society of Authors.
13 July 2018
My writing income: David Boyle
David Boyle blogs for us about his various sources of income and the challenges of making a living as an author.
14 June 2018
Before You Sign | Charity Begins at Home
We’re all asked to contribute to charitable causes–money, time, professional expertise. Nicola Solomon asks how you can balance the line between being charitable and being exploited?
13 June 2018
Carers Week blog: staying healthy and connected
11-17 June is Carers Week and to celebrate this, Bridget Blankley, a member of our Writers as Carers Group has written this blog on the theme of staying healthy and connected.
05 June 2018
Georgette Heyer’s copyrights
Associate Professor Rebecca Giblin investigates the curious case of Georgette Heyer's copyrights, and examines the historical implications of copyright law for authors.
15 May 2018
Before You Sign | Option Clauses
Option Clauses give a publisher the right to get a first look at your future work. This month we asked the advisors for a rundown.
24 April 2018
The cure for many ills, by Sarah Waights
Author Sarah Waights shares her experience of an Arvon writing retreat, and how she got together the money to fund it.
24 April 2018
Event Report: Performance Skills Workshop with Cat Weatherill, by Claire Fayers
Find out how a pair of socks and an egg helped Claire Fayers become a stronger performer.
18 April 2018
Before You Sign | Obtaining Permissions
Many contracts make the author responsible for obtaining permission for the use of any material from other sources, and for paying permission fees.
16 April 2018
Calling authors earning less than £6205 a year: how will National Insurance changes affect you?
If you earn less than £6205 a year, proposed changes mean that you could see a fivefold increase in your National Insurance Contributions.
05 April 2018
Talking points in Arts Council England’s ‘conversation’ – what we’ve said so far
The Society of Authors has responded to Arts Council England’s ‘conversation’ about its plans for the next ten years. This is the first stage of ACE’s consultation on its...
14 March 2018
Before You Sign | Over-Reaching Contracts
Keep in mind that some contracts can affect your writing life far beyond the confines of the work you're being contracted for. Our experts point out the terms to watch out for.
13 March 2018
The Truth About Truth | EA Wheal
As a new survey reveals that fake news travels faster and convinces more people than real news, Elizabeth-Anne Wheal offers a perspective on truth in the age of information warfare.
12 March 2018
History in Pictures, March 2018
We've been active since 1884. Have a peek into the SoA's history with our #HistoryInPictures roundups.
16 February 2018
Before You Sign | Getting your rights back
For February we went to the advisors for tips on how to get your rights back from publishers, and what to watch out for at the end of contracts.
07 February 2018
Five rules on how not to write a biography | Jon Collins
Jon Collins lays out his five rules for avoiding disaster when writing biography.
30 January 2018
Jumping through hoops | Patrick Humphries
Writing for radio can be enormously satisfying... provided you can jump through all the right hoops - broadcaster Patrick Humphries writes.
18 January 2018
Before You Sign | Money from unexpected sources
This month we asked the advisors about collective licensing - a way for authors to quickly and easily boost their income.
05 January 2018
Listening, closely... | Alice Lutyens
Print publishers’ assumption that audio rights should be bundled with print is not directly beneficial to authors, argues Alice Lutyens.
13 December 2017
DIY PR | Dan Tyte
Dan Tyte shares his best tips for running your own book publicity.
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