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Just wanted to say thank you for your efforts on my manuscript...You did an awesome job and your attention to detail helped so much! (Tim McKitrick, Timothy Publishing Services, author of "The Hope of Glory")
"Thank you again for all of the time and effort you put into making sure this book is all that God has created it to be. I'm filled with so much joy and excitement." (Asia Carter, author of "Woman in Motion")
"I would especially like to thank Jim Kochenburger, my editor. He was helpful in his comments and corrections, as well as extremely encouraging." (Dawn Morris, "One Will Be Taken")
"Thanks Jim. You did a great job. I am not surprised. Now I know why your services came so highly recommended. " (Lawrence Maeba)
"I am grateful for what you have done and am well pleased" (Lisa Jackson)
"I've got to tell you, the video trailer has gotten rave reviews. Thank you again!" Lonnie R. Walker II
"I took your advice and changed the title of my book. Thanks for the advice because you were right....You made some great changes and I felt confident publishing the completed project. Thank you again!" (Trudy Kay Rowley)
"I truly believe the effort you put into this is going to make it a much better book."--Joel Hunt
Nick Brown--"You are blessed with a true talent."
Joel Rissinger--"Your edits are fantastic--thank you so much!"
Alvin Wilkerson--"Thank you for the great job you did with Bishop's book. It has been a pleasure working with you."
Pamela Valerio--"You did an excellent job, thank you so very much."
Minister Ronny Mills--"Thank you for your services. Be blessed!"
"Thank you so very much! Next year I go on to the next book; hope to do business with you then"--Jennifer Leotaud
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Yoruba M. Chillus--"Thanks a whole heap!"
Wajidally Kahn--"Thanks for completing the manuscript. It was wonderfully done."
"I like the editing you have done...I am finding myself feeling as if I am reading a new book. I have recommended you to 2 friends who have written a book."--Benay Behnke
John Stewart--"Thanks for your work."
"I thank you again for all you've done. I had no idea the magic and life a good editor could bring to an ordinary piece of writing. I am truly amazed and blessed for all your help."--Sylvie Hache
Catherine Sheets--"It's been great doing business with you. Wish you all of God's blessings and thanks again!
"Hi Jim! People are in love with the books. Both books are impacting lives for God. Thank you!"--Lawrence Maeba.
"I don't know how to thank you for using your great talent to edit my work. I couldn't have done this without your help."--Jerry Roberg
"Thank you once again for your help, time and guidance.. Thanks a million ." Claudette Allen
You have put together a project that was nearly shattered due to a broken vessel of clay, in need of healing, yet unyielding to failure. God will use this work in a mighty way for His glory. Thanks, for your help and God's richest blessings. In Him, Ruth Stafford
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Raul Lopez
Jim Tunstall
Scott Delashaw
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Dennis Dwyer
Rich Trayler
Mary Mathes
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Thanks for everything you did! John Anderegg

Legal Stuff: Fair Use of Copyrighted Material

Many authors are incredulous when I inform them of the rules for use of material copyrighted by others, particularly when they have already written their work and incorporated a sizable amount of such material into it. (Hopefully you will read this before you get too far down the road on your manuscript). They are genuinely shocked when I tell them that, in truth, any use of the material of others in their own commercial work  is a risk, and that the best rule of thumb is to only use such material with permission. It is often not enough to simply accredit or attribute the work (unless the copyright holder explicitly allows this).

“What about fair use?” they ask. Fair use is shaky ground. The fact is, in our litigious society, fair use has become almost meaningless—at least in how it applies to use of copyrighted material in commercial works. (For facts on fair use, click here:  What is Fair Use? )

In the “old days” (say 10 years ago), fair use was applied through a gentlemanly agreement among commercial, mainline publishers to establish their own unique standards, such as: our author can use up to 100 words of copyrighted material, our author can use less than five instances of any one author’s material in a work, etc. In spite of this, ungentlemanly litigation still occurred (especially when significant sales were achieved by the work that used the copyrighted material under “fair use”).

Nowadays, commercial mainline publishers are no longer the gatekeepers of the publishing world—authors are (even more so authors who are serving as their own publishers). Fair use “bets” are off.

(Note: Many authors think it is their editor or publisher’s task to gain permission and pay for use of copyrighted material in their work. Gaining permission for use and paying for such use, when applicable, is always the author’s responsibility.)

In light of this, avoid the temptation to do the following:

1) Feign ignorance of the source. If you know the source, give credit where credit is due. If you are uncertain, google at least a phrase or portion of the material you wish to use to discover the source so you can accredit or attribute with your use. (The best source of course is the original, published material.)

2) Paraphrase the original material. In practice, paraphrase is often just another word for plagiarism.  Some learned this bad habit while writing their high school research papers—changing the material of others just enough to make it seem like it is their own. Practicing this in a commercial work is illegal.

3) Use the material without permission because the original writer (source) is a fellow Christian. Whether the thought is that this fellow Christian should be honored by your use of their material, or that they would not dare sue a brother or sister, both assumptions are naive.

Here is a tool you can use to determine whether or not you need to gain permission for use if you stand on solid ground for use: Fair Use Checklist .

Bottom line:

Safest ground (not exposed legally)—Either no use of copyrighted material of others, OR use of such material with express and/or written permission from the copyright holder.

Risky ground (exposed legally)—Use of copyrighted material (even attributed or accredited) without gaining express, written permission from the copyright holder.

(Note: Use of Scripture in your work is allowed. Be sure to follow the publisher terms of use for each Bible version you use as they do vary. Bible Gateway shows these for each version of Scripture. Here is a sample of the terms of use for NKJV: NKJV Copyright information.)

Blessings,  Jim Kochenburger

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