Is it a Bird? A Plane? No it's The Society of Authors
"Working to protect the rights and further the interests of authors in the United Kingdom"
One of the first things I did when I got my publishing deal was to join The Society of Authors. They provide a good support for authors and ... blah, blah, blah ... you know they are great and they will check your contract for you and everything ( which I really recommend) - but honestly? I wanted to join them because finally I could!
Yee har. O and I get 10% discount at waterstones, but seeing as I'm also the editor for The View From Here and nearly fainted the last time I had to actually buy a book (Iain Bank's hardback: over fifteen pounds), I'll hardly have an opportunity to use it. (All those nice publishers out there keep sending us books for review.) That and my local waterstones closes this weekend as the axe falls leaving me Tescos and WH Smiths - but I doubt they're know what an author is if I show them my card. "Trouble on aisle 5."
O and you can even get a certificate to say you belong to the society - you know in the style of those certificates you see on a chemists wall - but I haven't fallen that far that I'd buy one of those yet - not this week anyway.