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Research / Re: I want to interview some NASA employees for my latest book
« Last post by lrzajac on March 18, 2023, 04:03 AM »
NASA probably has a public relations department that handles communication with journalists. They may be able to put you in touch with someone who can answer your questions. Employees may be permitted from speaking due to security clearances. When my daughter worked there for about 6 months as a consultant, I joked with her, "So, tell us all the things you're not supposed to talk about."  Silence😂. 
Research / Re: I want to interview some NASA employees for my latest book
« Last post by RebeccaL-G on March 17, 2023, 07:24 PM »
Children's author Kirsten Larson is a former NASA employee. You might try reaching out to her.
Research / Re: I want to interview some NASA employees for my latest book
« Last post by dewsanddamps on March 17, 2023, 07:07 PM »
Frederick, you should call them. Be sure to contact the correct facility for what you want.

And be warned--everybody at NASA is lovely and helpful except for the spokesperson at JPL, who is an utter ass and will absolutely not answer questions--even though it's his job. If you need to talk to anybody at JPL you're going to need a workaround.
I do have security clearance; maybe that will help, although my book has nothing to do with anything secret.  Quite the opposite.

I did make an inquiry with a NASA P/R person, but all I have gotten so far is crickets.  Their bureaucracy must be huge; hopefully my request has not ended up in their equivalent of the slush pile.
Because much of what happens at NASA is classified, it does not surprise me that they can't speak to you without permission. My son did an internship with a government contractor this fall. He did all data entry for them. That's pretty much all he could say about it. He wasn't even 18 yet, but he had a security clearance and wasn't permitted to tell his mother anything but adding items to a spreadsheet and the names of the people he reported too. It was pretty funny.

You will need to go through proper channels for both agencies. (Start with the PR department for ESA---maybe via a LinkedIn search.) And you may not get permission. Good luck.
Has anyone had any experience talking  NASA employees?  I want to interview some employees (not astronauts) and get some quotes, but apparently they cannot talk to me without the permission from the NASA P/R department.   Has anyone gone through this process?

I also want to talk to an astronaut at the European Space Agency, but I do not know where to begin.
Research / Re: Children's Book to be turned into script for a play
« Last post by pat-stemper-vojta-2 on March 12, 2023, 08:35 AM »
Thank you for the quick response. I have written the script myself. I just have to let them see it and see what they think. But- I haven't gotten an answer yet on compensation. While it's all exciting to have my book made into a children's play- if there's no compensation- that would not feel fair.

Pat Stemper Vojta
Contests and Challenges / Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
« Last post by Ree on March 12, 2023, 07:43 AM »
Thank you for the info!

Did anyone have a problem? Mine won't allow me to submit.

Research / Re: Children's Book to be turned into script for a play
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on March 11, 2023, 06:50 PM »
Hi Pat. I see you asked the lawyer about the derivative work. Let me see i I can help clarify.

No one can work on a play from your book without your permission. You give them a license to create such work and can collect a royalty on what they earn from its performance. You can also limit where their versions can be used (say just for this theater company) or purchase the script from them. They own their script but they can only use if with your permission in the way you've agreed to.

I wouldn't let them do anything until your compensation and the rights you are licensing are spelled out in writing and signed by all parties. And don't sign it unless you are certain you understand it.

Hopefully someone else will answer your question about rates. That's outside my knowledge.

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