Will your firm simply print my manuscript without publishing it? I would want 20-30 copies for personal use and distribution but I do not want to make it available for sale to the general public. I use real examples from my career and real names (first names only) of people. (My previous publisher) will not accept the manuscript because I won’t change names and they view it as a legal risk to print or publish.
I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. Please consult with your attorney on this matter.
That said –
Even if you’re the only one permitted to purchase copies, you’re still planning to distribute them. That is considered publication and you and your publisher could still be sued for libel by anyone appearing n the book who is not happy with what you wrote.
Even if you change all of the names, you can still get sued.
- Don’t Invite a Lawsuit with Your Memoir
- Boldly Assuming You “Can’t Be Sued” Will Likely Lead to a Lawsuit
- Publishing Other People’s Non-fiction Stories Can Get You Sued!
- Want to Get Sued? Write About Your Ex!
- Am I at Risk of Being Sued?
- Did Your Lawyer Say, “You Can’t Be Sued?” BEWARE!
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