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Dear Susan,
having just broached the subject of publishing and 'rights' etc with my friend
who is the subject of my biography we are both going into this for the first
time and need to know more about publishing in respect of any future
monies being made - ie, in black and white, should we draw up some sort of

Hi Jane:

I would strongly advise you to have a contract with your subject.

The best thing to do would be to consult an attorney - preferably one with some experience in the entertainment industry, where such contracts are common. Contracts are extremely important in the case of a collaborative effort.

If you get into difficulties with the actual writing, please visit my website at It may be that you can avail yourself of some of my services.

I hope this has helped. If it has a nice rating would be greatly appreciated. I am proud of my high score over 1300+ questions.

And good luck with your writing!  

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I can answer questions about the elements of fiction and non-fiction writing: how to get started, writing techniques, re-writing, etc. I will NOT write for you, do critiques except from my website at, or give you ideas. I will not answer home-or-schoolwork questions in any category. If English is your second language, please say so, and I will make an exception. Please submit no more than one or two questions at once, as I tend to go into detail in my answers.


I wrote my first book in 1957 and have been writing and studying writing since. I have a BA in Written Communications, and have taught writing both privately and through adult education for 15 years. Have also edited (fiction books) for an online publisher and edited/wrote more than 100 articles for a teen sex education site. Currently writing web content and mentoring beginning writers.

BA degree in Written Communication

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