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Writing a book

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Putthatbookdown Wed 02-Apr-14 09:52:32

I want to write a book about the place I live in and my experiences there but I do not want to get sued If i change all the names will this be enough to protect me?

prh47bridge Wed 02-Apr-14 10:09:48

No. If someone is identifiable even though you have used a false name they may be able to sue for libel.

If you avoid saying anything defamatory about any identifiable individuals unless you can prove that what you are saying is true it is unlikely you would be sued successfully but there is nothing you can do to guarantee you would not be sued.

pluCaChange Wed 02-Apr-14 12:33:24

Where on earth are you, Crimea?!

prh47bridge Wed 02-Apr-14 12:55:30

Why does the OP need to be somewhere like that? James Herriot sold a lot of books based on his life in Thirsk.

pluCaChange Wed 02-Apr-14 13:01:10

Just being facetious! smile Anyway, maybe a lawsuit isn' t quite the risk in Ukraine... er... Russia, these days.

Tucktalking Sun 09-Nov-14 22:54:29

I think you should first just write down all you want without worrying about anything. Chances are your first draft will be nothing like what your book will actually end up looking like in the end.

Best of luck.

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