Guest Post: Ask the Book Doctor

Self-publishing Advice Guest Post – “Ask the Book Doctor”

Q: I am in the process of writing a book about [subject removed]. I am looking for people who will share their stories to be published in this book. Do I need to get signed permission to use their stories? How would I go about this process?

A: Yes, even if people voluntarily send in their stories, you need their signed permission to use the stories and need to exchange something of value in return, either money or at least one free copy of the book. The issue is a legal one, though, so check with an entertainment attorney or get your hands on the agreements used by such series as A Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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Bobbie Christmas is a book doctor, author of Write In Style (Union Square Publishing), and owner of Zebra Communications, and she will answer your questions, too. Send them to Read more “Ask the Book Doctor” questions and answers at

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