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I am interested in writing a resource guide for my hobby/craft. I want to include websites, stores (online & brick-and-mortar), designers, manufacturers, educational info, events, artists, etc. My question is: to include these people/companies do I have to get permission from each of these people? If so, should I send a form, asking for any additional information that they would like included? Thank you, Lona Trautman

Hello Lona:

What a fine idea! I'm sure you will find success with your guide among your hobby's fans.

Anything that is in the phone book is fair game. You don't have to ask anyone's permission (in a perfect world!) Remember, these are facts, and facts are not protected by copyright.

I approve totally of your idea to write them and ask if they have any material they'd like to include (not too blatantly commercial, we hope). I would also think they'd be mighty glad to have the publicity - for free! (Of course, if I were approaching them, I would ask if they knew anyone in the publishing industry who might be interested in my book!) Of course you can look in similar books at your library to see who publishes this kind of material.

I hope this helps. If it does, a nice rating would be greatly appreciated. I am proud of my high score over 850 questions.

And good luck with your writing!  

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