Should i publish what do you think?

Germany
August 27, 2008 10:53am CST
I wrote a book about my childhood. Not happy times really want to support others in the same situation. My family is a bit touchy about the subject matter probably because they know it is all true. I have changed the names not to implicate anyone. So do you think I should publish.
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@unuzzz (1274)
• Indonesia
27 Aug 08
hi shelley2 well, if you have the permission from the family, why not ? ask for it first it's not about the money you'll make but it's about how will your experience will affect others who read it, and also inspiring them to be a better one i think it's the most important part to help others thanks shelley2 ^^
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@Robin55 (225)
• United States
3 Sep 08
This is a tough one, Shelley and not easily answered. If you have changed the names and you can get permission from your family, I would go for it. I think if you were to really press the point with them that you're trying to help others by relating your experience and giving some good advice that someone might not otherwise see, they could be more receptive to the idea. But, ultimately, even if you can't get them all to agree, it's your creation and shouldn't stay locked up in a drawer somewhere. You don't need their permission, legally, and with names and places changed as much as possible, there's not much they can do about it. I realize that you don't want to create hard feelings with your family and this is a fine line to walk, perhaps, but your work should be wasted.
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
Have it run in the printing press already. Hehe =) well, if you think that the family is touchy about the book especially about the characters, i think it's better to respect it. you don't want the whole world to see the good things about the family, but you dont ever want to ignite the bad impression that the readers might have about the family. even if you change the characters' names, it would still spell out YOUR FAMILY. since it's not a biography, don't go into the details that might stain the reputation or image of the members of your family. change the plot, revise some scenes, alter the story, but stick to the moral or lesson of your book.
@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
27 Aug 08
You should be proud of an achievement about writing a book. I wish you a lot of luck in getting it published. If the information you wrote is sincere then that is all you can ask for. It is a good idea to change the names in the book to protect identities. It sounds like you have a good idea here.