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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 or http://katiecouric.com/videos/category/120913-surviving-an-unthinkable-childhood
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Hi, Aziza.

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, darla@darlalaw.com

Ivan Hoffman, Los Angeles, CA, no calls, ivan@ivanhoffman.com

Ellen Steiffler, San Diego, CA, 858-756-5767, Info@StieflerLaw.com

Continued success with your memoir.
Best regards,

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Bill Frank

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I help authors become publishers. I'm a self-publishing consultant with resources in editing, graphic design, printing, distribution and marketing. I can help you turn your manuscript into a published book. I identify the best distribution channels for your book. I also help you build a marketing plan to sell the book. I specialize in non-fiction books and I take fiction books on a selective basis.

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Book layout and design; book printing; channels of distribution and book marketing.

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Publishers' Marketing Association. Book Publicists of Southern California.

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MBA in Marketing and Finance. BA in Economics.

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