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Publications

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

Members of the Society can download the full text of all Quick Guides and Occasional Papers by logging into the members-only section of the website.

Our Permissions Quick Guide, Occasional Paper on Vanity Publishing/Subsidy Publishing and Print on Demand (POD) guide are available on this website. Basic copyright queries are covered in our New Writer FAQs.

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

  • Publishing Contracts
  • Electronic Publishing Contracts
  • Translation Contracts


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

  • Self Publishing and Print-on-Demand
  • Author Appearances at Schools, Colleges, Festivals and Libraries


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

  • Ghost Writing/Collaboration Contracts
  • Indexing Your Book
  • Bringing a Small Claim in the County Court


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

  • Copyright and Moral Rights
  • The Protection of Titles
  • Your Copyrights After Your Death
  • Permissions
  • Copyright in Artistic Works including Photographs
  • Value Added Tax
  • Income Tax
  • Libel
  • Authors’ Agents
  • Literary Translation
  • 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 and Self-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.

See also

Print on demand
Quick guide: permissions
The Author
Vanity publishing
Coming events – Winter 2007
Contents – Winter 2007