The Society of Authors
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P.D. James Memorial Fund
18 January 2019
Moving on up: SoA's new office (January gallery)
Take a look at some of the photos of the work-in-progress in our new office building.
16 January 2019
Before You Sign | Freelance Engagements
Before you sign that freelance contract, take a look at our advice to ensure you're protected.
27 December 2018
Charkin's half century in publishing
Richard Charkin considers how publishing has changed since he started work in 1972.
20 December 2018
Boost your book sales
Ian Moore explains how a marketing strategy can boost self-publishing sales on Amazon – and can benefit traditionally published authors too.
18 December 2018
Before You Sign | Round-Up 2018
We’re taking a look back at some of the topics covered in our Before You Sign blogs from 2018, before the new year.
13 November 2018
How to read your work aloud
Dawn Finch unpicks what it takes to read your work aloud, from learning to project your voice to capturing new fans with a strong opening.
06 November 2018
Before You Sign | Interviews
Before you say yes to that interview, or interview someone else, it's important that everyone understands the terms.
17 October 2018
Before You Sign | Poacher Turned Gamekeeper
Thinking about collaborating with someone? Think carefully before you sign up to any sort of joint venture, commission or collaboration.
10 October 2018
#WorldMentalHealthDay 2018 - searching for balance
On World Mental Health Day, Martin Reed asks if we sometimes get so wrapped up in the writing process that we forget to look after ourselves.
24 September 2018
Despite tight school budgets an author visit to a school creates something that's priceless
Intervention Teacher and (Voluntary) School Librarian Kate Gieler blogs for us on the real-world impacts of author visits.
21 September 2018
My Writing Living: Anne Rooney
Anne Rooney explains what it takes to maintain a decent income level, in the face of falling fees and advances, and ever tighter publication schedules.
20 September 2018
Need help with getting permissions? | PLS blog
Publishers' Licensing Services introduce their free service for authors and editors seeking permission to reuse content.
14 September 2018
What does Brexit mean for authors?
The SoA's Public Affairs Manager Tim Gallagher blogs about the current status of the Brexit negotiations and what they mean for authors, poets, scriptwriters and illustrators.
30 August 2018
My writing income: Philip Womack
Author Philip Womack blogs for us about his various sources of income
16 August 2018
Before You Sign | School visits
School visits can be a rewarding experience and a great opportunity for a children’s writer or illustrator to be in direct contact with their audience. But before you brush up your...
15 August 2018
My writing income (anonymous)
Academic writing, or how not to make a living
09 August 2018
On Woman’s Weekly, by Joanne Harris
Joanne Harris blogs on Woman's Weekly, and why we should all care about their new contract policy.
08 August 2018
My writing income: Fiona Scott-Barrett
Educational writer Fiona Scott-Barrett blogs for us about her earnings
01 August 2018
My writing income: Ken Cockburn
Author Ken Cockburn blogs for us about his various sources of income
27 July 2018
My writing income: Ken Paterson
Author Ken Paterson blogs for us about his various sources of income.
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