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I am writing a book about my life and I need to know when writing about other people in your book, if there is an agreement form that you needed to get from that person? A form that they needed to sing or something, I know you can change their name so you can't get sued (That's what mum said anyway), but what if the person dose want to be in the book with their real name.

And is there anything you can tell me that I should be careful about when I am writing? Law wise.

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Not to be rude, but your spelling is all wrong.

"Dose"....  did you mean "does" and "sing" meaning "sign?"

Your sentence structure is incorrect and sentences are passive and in the incorrect sentence arrangement.

But, to answer your question-- there is not a "form." You must have each person you intend to name to go to an attorney and sign an agreement allowing you to use their identity with release of liability clauses and clauses to relinquish any royalties, claims, and rights to the book "if" published.

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Jannie Balliett

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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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I'm a published writer, freelancer, and Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing for my two Online writer workshops.

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

Publications
Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Education/Credentials
Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

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I have numerous clients using my service through my editorial service and numerous members in my Online writer workshops.

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