Results of the 2015 Management Committee Elections

31 July 2015 Four new members have been elected to serve on the Management Committee. The following have been elected by a ballot of all Members: Daniel Hahn (974 votes), Eric Clark (899 votes), Alex Klaushofer (724 votes) and Janet Laurence (665 votes). 1,607 Members voted (of 8,861). To view the Independent Scrutineer’s Report, please…

Authors’ Awards 2015

On 25 June £85,500 was distributed to writers at the Society of Authors’ annual Authors’ Awards. Novelist Sarah Waters (a previous recipient of a Betty Trask Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award) presented prizes to writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and English Language Teaching writing, at a ceremony held at the Army & Navy Club….

Publishers Win High Court Support in Fight Against Infringement

The High Court has today granted The Publishers Association’s application (under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988) for a blocking order against several UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The blocking order applies to seven websites which have been found to contain substantial amounts of infringing content. AvaxHome, Ebookee, Freebookspot, Freshwap, Libgen,…

2015 Betty Trask Shortlist

22 May 2015 The Society of Authors is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Betty Trask Prize. This year’s shortlist offers a diverse range of first novels, transporting us from the heated environment of a professional kitchen to the desolation of post-war Berlin and exploring the opposing conditions of old age and youth.  …

Sarah Wise: World Book Night at Shelter from the Storm

A number of SoA staff volunteered on World Book Night, along with Sarah Wise and Alison Baverstock, to hand out books and share stories at a London homeless shelter. Sarah’s account of the evening follows. Homelessness can happen to anyone – a fact I’ve always known but which was once again forcefully underlined by our…

Payout Victory for Illustrators and Photographers

24 April 2015 After a tireless campaign by the Society of Authors, PLR UK, the Association of Illustrators, the Association of Photographers and SoA member Nicola Smee, artists and estates in the UK will receive over £240,000 from DACS. The money is for the lending of books featuring their artwork by libraries in The Netherlands. Illustrator and SoA…

ALCS Report: The Business of Being a Writer

The Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) has published a worrying report on author’s incomes and contracts. The report states that ‘for the majority, writing remains a low earning profession. The survey found that the median (typical) pre-tax net earnings which professional writers obtained from their writing (£11,000) was a little over 40% of the…