guides and articles

Guides and Articles

The Society has a number of Quick Guides, Guides and Occasional Papers that answer common queries.

You can download free copies of the following Quick Guides and Occasional Papers here:

Basic copyright queries are covered in our FAQs.

Members can view all of the Society’s Guides and Occasional Papers by logging into the members area of the website.

The following Guides are available free to members of the Society, £10 post free to non-members:

  • Publishing Contracts
  • Translator-Publisher Agreements

The following Guides are available free to members, £7.50 post free to non-members:

  • Self Publishing and Print-on-Demand
  • Author Appearances

The following Guides are available free to members, £5 post free to non-members:

  • Ghost Writing/Collaboration Contracts
  • Indexing Your Book
  • Chasing Payment

The following Guides are free to members, £2 post free to non-members

  • The Protection of Titles
  • Your Copyrights After Your Death
  • Copyright in Artistic Works including Photographs
  • Value Added Tax 2008-2009
  • Income Tax 2008-2009
  • Libel, Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Marketing Your Book
  • Dealing with Newspapers and Magazines

The following Occasional Papers are free to members, £1 post free to non-members

  • Film Options on Literary Properties
  • Vanity/Subsidy Publishing
  • Packaged Books and Co-Editions

To request any of the above, please email us. If you are not a member, please send your order to Publications, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB, enclosing a cheque made payable to The Society of Authors.