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Hi Vincent,
I thank you for your response to my first question and in response I have another question. Since my product is very small I do not have the room to put a author's name on each page.  If I am correct, 1/2 line sayings are covered under copyright laws, so do I legally have to acknowledge the person from whom I originally read or heard the 1/2 line saying?  It is an issue of limited space and not disrespect on my part.  I thought if I acknowledge at the end of the book that the sayings are not my own, but a compiled work of sayings from varaious authors that it might cover any plagiarism worries.  Any thoughts?  Thanks again, Sharon

Okay, my thoughts:

1) If your space is so cramped that you can't put in the author attributions, you should perhaps rethink your layout.

2) If you are still adamant that you cannot do it, then I would suggest you consult an attorney familiar with publishing law regarding the "back of the book" bit.

3) If the attorney says you can do this, I'd strongly recommend putting it at the beginning of the book, rather than at the end.

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Vincent M. Wales


I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.


For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

BA in fiction writing.

Awards and Honors
My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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