Supporting authors through collective action.
We promote the interests of authors through campaigning, lobbying, negotiation and representation. We voice concerns about authors’ rights, the publishing and creative industries and wider cultural matters.
We work in partnership with other organisations and international bodies to ensure our messages are heard worldwide.
Protecting copyright and creative careers in the face of new technology
CREATOR – campaign for fair contract terms
Campaigning for legislation to address unfair contract terms and to ensure a fair share of reward throughout the value chain.
The SoA works at UK, EU and international levels to protect and promote a strong copyright regime.
Freedom of expression
Protecting free speech and creating an environment where everyone is afforded an equal voice.
Industry commitment to inclusivity among creators, audiences and industry professionals is essential for building a strong creative economy and ensuring that the benefits of cultural participation are shared by all.
Ensuring that authors and the wider creative industries continue to thrive after Brexit.
The success of Britain’s creative industries can only continue if authors and other creators are adequately remunerated for their work.
Tax & benefits
Campaigning for a fairer tax and benefits regime for authors.
Public Lending Right (PLR)
Lobbying for continued support for a system that ensures you are fairly paid when your work is lent through public libraries.
Authors have a right to be recognised for the work they produce. The SoA campaigns for fair credits in all cases.
Festivals, teaching & appearances
People deserve to be paid for the work they do – so why are authors so often expected to work for free?
Access to funding
If authors are unable to make a living from their work, the supply of new and innovative writing will dry up. It is vital that they have access to grants and other sources of funding.
Special sales and ultra-high discounts
Lobbying for a fairer deal for authors when their work is sold at discount.
Authors need readers. The SoA campaigns to preserve libraries, promote a culture of reading and ensure authors are paid fairly for book lending.
The cultural environment
Innovation cannot flourish without a strong cultural environment which encourages and rewards imagination and creativity.
Sustainability in publishing
Meaningful change can and must happen faster in publishing