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Writing, Illustrating & Publishing => Research => Topic started by: Mike Karg on October 02, 2014, 08:03 AM

Title: Permission to write biography/event
Post by: Mike Karg on October 02, 2014, 08:03 AM
For those of you who have written non-fiction featuring living persons, did you seek permission at any stage of the process? I have an idea for a picture book about an event from 30 years ago. There are at least two non-fiction books written for adults, but I'm not aware of any kidlit on the feat. It seems likely that the persons involved would appreciate having a picture book and perhaps would be helpful in the research.
Has anybody has written a biography without contacting the person?
If you did get participation, how involved were the subjects, and at what point did you show a draft to the subject?
Title: Re: Permission to write biography/event
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on October 06, 2014, 07:54 AM
You don't need permission to write facts, but participation can be helpful. I think when you show the manuscript, if you do so at all, would depend on your relationship with the subject. I have no experience with this however. I'm just reporting on what I've gleaned from listening to those who do. Hopefully, you'll get a more helpful reply.
Title: Re: Permission to write biography/event
Post by: Kell on October 06, 2014, 08:57 AM
There are authors here who write biographies who know for certain, but you don't need the subject's involvement or permission if you are able to research and verify the events as true.

If you can address the subjects as a source, it can be a wonderful thing and add color, truth, and specificity. However, I can think of a case where I writer sought a subject's approval, which was not strictly  necessary, but when that blessing was denied, it took a lot of wind out of the project. You might want to wait until later in the process if you don't need to interview them.
Title: Re: Permission to write biography/event
Post by: Mike Karg on October 10, 2014, 09:26 AM
Thanks -I'll start writing and see where it leads.