Getting Published or E-published/self publishing e-book
Hello, I've written a memoir about my life. The content is controversial (child molestation) and there are public figures involved. I am self publishing my book and I have appeared on the Katie Couric show. My question is, as a self publishing author what steps should I take to protect myself legally? I know of Libel and there isn't any in my manuscript. I doubt that any of the public figures mentioned will take issue with there inclusion in my memoir because it is already public knowledge, but I would expect that if I published with a publisher, they would handle legal issues. If you would like more info to aid in you answering my question please review this link http://www.unashamedanopenbook.blogspot.com
Thank you for your question. Congratulations on completing your memoir and for appearing on the Katie Couric show. Both are big accomplishments.
Your question is more a legal question than it is a publishing question. Just as a publisher would take care of the legal issues, as you say, so should you. Because this is a legal question, I recommend consulting an attorney for an answer. There are attorneys that specialize in publishing issues, I'd recommend contacting one of them. Here are some names to begin:
Darla Anderson, Santa Barbara, CA 805-690-1044, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ivan Hoffman, Los Angeles, CA, no calls, email@example.com
Ellen Steiffler, San Diego, CA, 858-756-5767, Info@StieflerLaw.com
Continued success with your memoir.