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No, not at all. Not sure if this is the correct firm - this is about a book I have completed and I already have a publisher. But one of the contributors to my book refuses to return my hard copy draft. I have many questions...but understand you need to know the 'basics.' Appreciate it.

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I know this lady as we live in the same building. I have emailed her (have all copies of communication with all my contributors to the book) a few times and have the hard copies. She does not answer me. She is an 86 year old British woman who was a reporter for four Presidents of the US. She is a great writer but this is MY book. She deceived me and led me to think she was going to endorse my book.Instead, after I gave her a copy of the final draft, she held on to it for a long time until I asked her where the endorsement was. She called me(I have her voice mail message) and said she edited nearly the entire book.
Had she been honest I would have told her that I already had (and paid for) a wonderful editor last winter, 2017.
I do not think she can do anything to harm me or my book but I need legal counsel and if you are an expert or know about Intellectual Property, that would be wonderful. I live in DC as I stated. I look forward to speaking with you. Thank you.
Meryl (Merry) Adler-Waak.
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