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I wrote a fiction short story that I developed with another aspiring writer friend - we copyrighted the story together.  We're no longer on speaking terms and I want to develop the story into a full length novel using some new ideas I have.  I have no problem giving the other writer credit for development of the story and any fair profits because of that but I don't know what the legalities are.  If I write the entire novel on my own and it sells - what does the other writer get?  Any and all help you can provide in this would be most appreciated.




Since you and the co-author only copyrighted the "story" that is all the co-author is entitled to get credit for.

If you take that story and write a novel from it-- it is your, not the co-author's.

You DO NOT have to get credit to the co-author of the story, on your own novel that is simply "based" on the story idea.

It belongs to you.

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I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.


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Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.

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