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Membership benefits

Full members of the Society of Authors benefit from a wide range of services including:

  • advice on any professional issue or problem (including copyright, agents, publishers, film options)
  • clause-by-clause contract vetting
  • The Author a quarterly journal packed with useful advice, information and articles
  • free copies of the extensive Quick Guide series (follow link for details of titles)
  • opportunities to meet other writers, as well as publishers and agents
  • invitations to talks, seminars and regional meetings
  • membership of specialist groups
  • free ALCS membership
  • listing on our online database
  • up to 25% discount on books from OUP, Blackwells, Waterstone’s, Foyles and The Westminster Bookshop
  • access to a free Tax Helpline provided by the accountants HW Fisher & Company
  • special offers on car and van rental, insurance, Publishing News subscriptions, Best Western hotel bookings and pensions
  • membership to the London Press Club and the Royal Overseas League at the group rate
  • special rates of accommodation at the New Cavendish Club and the Goodenough Club
  • use of the Poetry Society Cafe
  • reduced room hire rates for the Society’s boardroom

Current members can get full details of the discounts available, and how to claim them, by logging into the Members only section.