The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators.
We speak out for the profession and advise individuals at every stage of their careers.
We exist to support professional and emerging authors of all kinds, from illustrators and scriptwriters to novelists and poets, and from literary translators and travel writers to graphic novelists and journalists.
As a member, whether you are just starting out or already established, we’ll help you with unlimited advice, contract vetting, helplines and professional training, discounts on books, insurance and more.
And of course you’ll become part of a growing community of professionals, with year round opportunities to network with your peers both online and at our events and workshops across the UK.
Our advisors offer free, confidential advice on all aspects of the profession, including unlimited vetting of contracts. Your membership also includes our free tax and legal helplines.
Join our workshops and download guidance on topics as diverse as self-promotion, websites, selfpublishing, copyright, piracy and tax. You’ll get your quarterly copy of The Author magazine, as well as monthly news by email.
Our events, professional groups, local groups and website offer year round opportunities to meet other members, for support, advice and networking.
Your membership card unlocks scores of third party discounts, including Waterstones and Foyles, low cost public liability insurance, free membership of ALCS, automatic access to the British Library, and many others.
Campaigning & lobbying
We campaign to industry, Government and beyond on issues that matter to authors – including fair contracts and payment, PLR on e-books, credit, copyright, tax, libraries and freedom of speech.
In authors’ words
Here’s what some of our 10,600 members say about us
“A subscription to the Society is the greatest investment a writer can make.” Philip Pullman, President of the SoA
“The Society of Authors has been an invaluable source of support for me … offering opportunities for professional development, contact with other writers and – no less crucially – a sense of community.” Helen Mort
“The moment I knew that I had grown up as a writer was when I joined the SoA” Philip Gross
“The Society of Authors works SO hard on our behalf. Any authors who aren’t yet members, this is why you should be!” Lucinda Hawksley
“What you provide goes far beyond a ‘service’ – you are someone the author can talk to when s/he feels badly let down by the publishers.” Manuela Cook
“The Society of Authors has taught me everything I know about the publishing business and made me a lot of friends along the way.” Shoo Rayner
To find out more, visit: www.societyofauthors.org