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Personal historians love their work

July 26, 2011

Want to help others tell their life (or family) stories? Pick up a copy of Start & Run a Personal History Business: Get Paid to Research Family Ancestry and Write Memoirs by Jennifer Campbell. Jennifer is active in the Association of Personal Historians(of which, let me state clearly, I am current president). (more…)

Memoirs of coping with chronic, rare, or invisible diseases, including mental health problems

July 15, 2011

Tags: memoirs, illness, mental illness, chronic diseases, disabilities, genetic disorders

Because I have a website providing resources about illness, recovery, dying, and grief, I am often asked to recommend books that will help people cope with a medical or mental health problem. I find that memoirs are often most helpful because they provide the narrative account of an illness that someone coping with a crisis is most likely to be able to concentrate on and get something of (including understanding of their own emotional turmoil. These are some of the titles (more…)

Consent the best defense against invasion of privacy lawsuits

July 14, 2011

Tags: invasion of privacy, right of publicity, false light, disclosure, intrusion

Biographers should be concerned not only with matters of copyright, fair use, and permissions, but also with the privacy and publicity rights of those they are quoting or writing about, said entertainment lawyer Kirk Schroder on the “Can I Quote That?” panel I moderated at the Compleat Biographer conference (more…)

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