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Professional Development – Top 10 Member Queries II

6 July @ 11:00 - 12:30 BST

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Free – £10.00

Part two of our popular series on the common questions received by the Society of Authors’ Contracts Advisory team from members. Join us for a fun, interactive session to get to know the staff who deal with your queries and ask your questions live.

The Advisory team offers the confidential, individual vetting of a range of contracts, from publishers to production companies and literary agencies, and advice on a broad range of queries related to the business of writing, illustration and literary translation.

This event will be chaired by Ruby Chopra and presented by Catherine Fuller and Sarah Burton.

This event is for SoA members only. Not yet a member? You can join here

What will this session cover?

This session will touch on a broad range of areas, including:

  • How to go about reverting rights
  • Tackling the omission of a credit
  • The risks of writing about real people
  • Collaborating with other creators


  • 5 mins – Welcome and introductions by the chair, Ruby Chopra
  • 50 mins – Discussing 10 common questions with Catherine Fuller and Sarah Burton
  • 20 mins – Additional questions from the audience
  • 5 mins – Summary and closing comments

Send us your questions in advance

 If you would like to send questions in advance, email rchopra@societyofauthors.org with ‘Top Member Queries Part II’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many questions on the day as possible.

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The line-up

Sarah Burton – Head of Contracts Advisory Team; Literary Estates

Sarah Burton heads up the SoA’s Advisory team. She also works on licensing rights in the Literary Estates department.


Ruby Chopra (Chair) – Senior Membership Administrator

Ruby Chopra is a member of the Membership Services Team. She is also the co-ordinator of the Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses Network.


Catherine Fuller – Contracts Advisor & Projects Manager

Catherine Fuller is a member of the Contracts Advisory Team with a particular focus on translation. She is also co-ordinator of the Translators Association. Her other roles include looking after the SoA archives.



Book your place using the registration form below.

SoA Members: FREE  

Non-Members: £10

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The Society of Authors is the UK’s biggest trade union for authors – representing more than 11,300 writers, illustrators, translators and other creative practitioners.

Our standard subscription rate is just £26.25 per quarter (£18.50 for students).

As an SoA member, you’ll get:

  • Access to all our SoA @ Home Festival events for free
  • Unlimited one-to-one professional advice
  • Membership of our online and real-world professional networks
  • A range of member-only discounts, including books, insurance and travel
  • And much more.



6 July
11:00 - 12:30 BST
Free – £10.00
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