The Society of Authors is a trade union for professional writers, which has over 9,000 members. We advise on rights, fees or on any query about the business of writing, and we also provide training.
We represent authors in collective negotiations with publishers to improve terms generally, as well as lobbying on issues that affect authors such as copyright, PLR and unfair terms. We also campaign about matters of principal concern to our members.
We administer a wide range of grants and prizes such as the Authors’ Foundation, which is one of the few bodies making grants to help with works in progress for established writers.
We act as literary representative for the estates of distinguished writers including George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Philip Larkin, E. M. Forster, Rosamond Lehmann, Walter de la Mare, John Masefield and Compton Mackenzie.
Whatever your field of writing, you are eligible to join as soon as you have been offered a contract from a publisher, broadcaster or agent. Join now
Why you should join
On joining the SoA you have access to the following FREE benefits:
Confidential, individual vetting of contracts
Advice about rights, fees or on any query to help you negotiate with your publisher
Lobbying and collective negotiation - we lobby together to improve terms for all authors on issues such as copyright, PLR and unfair terms
Access to a fantastic range of resources that will help you through the publishing process
Subscription to The Author, our quarterly journal. An invaluable source of information, news and opinion with articles from prominent industry professionals
An extensive calendar of events and training sessions
Optional listing on our public database of members
And many more membership benefits and exclusive discounts