I've had a busy week again, including a lovely trip to Edinburgh to attend the Society of Authors in Scotland annual AGM and lunch. It's a great way to catch up with what is going on in the society and to chat to old and new writing friends. I was delighted to hear that there's going to be a weekend conference in Scotland next year and I'll be signing up for that!
If anyone is thinking of joining the SoA, I'd recommend that you check out the requirements as you don't have to be a novelist to be a member. I joined it a couple of years before my first book was published because I had a good enough number of published short stories and articles. I'll mention the annual membership fee here as it has now gone up to just over £100 (I think that's right) and I do often resent paying it! However, members have to earn their place in the society so I believe it does allow us to be a part of a huge professional body of writers.
For your fee, you get a quarterly magazine and access to all the society's guides and offers, as well as constant help about contracts and such matters if needed. Only the other day, I wanted to know how we safeguard royalties in a will and discovered there is a guide on this, and just about everything else! One email later, I downloaded the free (to members) guide. It's worth having a look at the Society of Authors site to see what they offer.