Scattered Authors’ Society

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About the SAS

The SAS is a group of authors for children and teenagers, all of whom have been professionally published. There are about 300 of us scattered across the country, and our membership is growing all the time. We are not a centrally-organised group; more a network that shares a love of writing and books, supports each other in the difficult market of children’s publishing and counteracts the isolated nature of writing.

There are three residential SAS meet-ups per year, and members will often organise more informal lunches for local groups. In between times, members keep in touch with each other in a private online group.

We welcome new members as long as they have a contract in place with a traditional publisher or have been traditionally published in the past.

If you are looking for an author to come to your school, library or other type of event, please click on Author Visits.


Some of the SAS members contribute to a daily blog about writing for children and other things. Click on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure to see the latest pearls of wisdom!

You can also read specialised group blogs from our members and other writers for children:

The History Girls is a blog by writers of historical fiction for young people

Picture Book Den is all about picture books (writing, illustrating, and much more)

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Contact Us

Please use the form below for the following two types of enquiry:

I want to join the SAS!

Membership of the Scattered Authors Society is open to all traditionally published writers for young people. Some people are understandably confused as to what ‘traditionally published’ means. If your publisher is listed in the current edition of the Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (published annually by A&C Black) then you are eligible for membership of the SAS*. If you believe you are eligible for membership, please contact our Membership Secretary on scatteredauthorssociety@gmail.com

*NB If you have contributed towards publication of your book, whether in print or online then you will unfortunately not be eligible for membership.

These membership criteria have been set  for administrative purposes and do not imply criticism of other forms of publishing.

I need to book an author visit!

If you would like to book an author for a talk or visit to your school or group, but are not sure which author would best suit your requirements, please use the form below. Your message will be passed on to the general membership of the SAS and any interested authors will contact you direct. Please note that as a general rule SAS authors do charge a fee for events.