Authors including Joanne Harris, Malorie Blackman and Neil Gaiman have joined the council of the Society of Authors (SoA).
Other new members are Roger McGough, Ian Rankin, Anne Sebba and Sarah Waters.
Daniel Hahn, chair of the management committee, said: “We are all delighted and immensely proud that Malorie, Neil, Joanne, Roger, Ian, Anne and Sarah have accepted positions on the council. The council is made up of distinguished authors who have made a great contribution to the SoA and to our profession, and these seven new members exemplify this perfectly - they are supremely accomplished writers whose work is much loved by their readers all over the world, but they are also committed, passionate advocates for writing and reading and the values that matter to us all.
Harris said: “I am delighted to have been invited onto the Society of Authors' council. I have been a member of the SoA since the publication of my first novel and I have an enormous amount of respect for the work they do. The advice and guidance they provide is invaluable to both new and more experienced authors and I welcome this opportunity to give any help I can.”
Existing members of the council include Allan Ahlberg, Helen Dunmore, Wendy Cope, Hilary Mantel and V S Naipaul.
There are 60 council members at present, and the council has two powers – it elects the president of the SoA, and, if the SoA ceases to exist for any reason, it makes sure any assets are passed to a similar organisation.