The Society of Authors (SoA): Why Join?

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

The Society of Authors (SoA) is the UK’s largest trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. We have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century.

Members receive unlimited free advice on all aspects of the profession, including confidential clause-by-clause contract vetting, and a wide range of exclusive offers.

We campaign and lobby on the issues that affect authors and hold a hundreds of events annually across the UK and online. Find out more about membership.

The SoA also administers grants and prizes to support and celebrate authors at all stages of their careers.

We administer many literary estates, the income from which helps fund our work.

Society of Authors

Strengthen your career
Develop your craft at our professional workshops
Get specialist training on the business aspects of authorship
Negotiate better agreements with our free confidential contract vetting
Get individual guidance and advice on all aspects of your professional life, and help with disputes or concerns (We are pleased to give individual guidance and advice on any issue or concern. However we are not insured to give specific legal or financial advice.)

Meet other authors
Make friends for life at our regular socials
Establish a network of professionals in the same boat as you
Share your career and creative concerns with people who understand

Make a difference
Support our campaigns for fairer creative industries
Make your voice heard in an increasingly difficult profession
Join the fight to save libraries, improve literacy and defend the arts

Joining the SoA gives you access to a wide range of benefits, including:

advice on professional issues and problems
clause-by-clause contract vetting
lobbying and collective negotiation on behalf of authors
The Author – the SoA’s quarterly journal
free access to all our guides and articles
discounted tickets to our events
​membership of special interest and regional communities
​free ALCS membership
​offers on specialist insurance, including professional indemnity insurance and tax protection insurance
​up to 25% discounts on books
access to a free tax helpline provided by the accountants HW Fisher & Company
​discounts on membership to many affiliated organisations

Am I Eligible?
Criteria for Full Membership (including literary estates)
I have had a full-length work traditionally published (not at my own expense and not only as print-on-demand or e-book), broadcast or commercially performed.
I have had an equivalent body of recognised professional work (including articles, short stories, poems, items in other media), published, broadcast or performed, in any format.
I am self-published or have had a work published only as print-on-demand or e-book, and have within a 12-month period sold 300+ copies of a single title in print form or 500+ copies of a single title in electronic / digitised form.
I am the owner or administrator of a deceased author’s estate.

Society of Authors

Criteria for Associate Membership
I am a student on a course that will help me develop a career as an author. The course lasts at least one academic year.
I have been offered a contract to have a work published, broadcast or performed, in any format.
I have had work published, broadcast or performed, in any format, but do not yet meet the ‘equivalent body of work’ criteria for full membership.
I have received an agreement from a UK agent.
I have self-published, or published only as print-on-demand or e-book, but do not yet meet the sales criteria for full membership.
I am undertaking or have undertaken a course or courses (of any length) that will help me develop my writing or career.
If you have any questions about your eligibility that are not answered here, email our membership team – membership@societyofauthors.org – or call 020 3880 2230.

See here for subscription rates and further details.

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