Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer J. Scott Coatsworth:
I’m just wrapping up my ongoing serial project, which is set here in Sacramento. I have used the names of local businesses (restaurants, stores, etc) rather liberally, but some friends have advised me against this for potential libel issues. I’m planning to release a book version of the story next year, and am wondering whether I should change the business names to something fictitious.
On the one hand, I love the local cachet the names give. On the other hand, I don’t wanna be sued.
What is your experience with this?