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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.
20 July 2018
Before You Sign | Workshops and Writing Groups
Our Chief Executive Nicola Solomon jots down some things to keep in mind when you're sharing your work with writing groups.
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.
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