Episode 26: Do I Need an NDA?

As authors, we pour our heart and soul into our stories. The last thing we want is for someone to steal our work. But how can we protect ourselves? Should we have readers sign an NDA before sending a copy over? The short answer is no and today, we are diving into why you don’t need an NDA.


The journey to publishing your book can be long and confusing. Add in the fear of someone stealing your work, and it can get overwhelming trying to figure out what you do and do not need to do to protect your work. In this episode, I am sharing what an NDA is, why you do not need an NDA, how to protect your work, and what to do if someone’s work seems similar to yours. 


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In this episode we cover:

  • What an NDA is
  • Two reasons why you do not need an NDA 
  • Three ways to protect your work when sending it to Beta readers, editors, friends, etc. without having them sign an NDA
  • What to do if another book or movie seems to have a shockingly similar story to yours

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Episode 10: When Stories are Familiar

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Episode 19: How to Find a Literary Agent


More about The Prologue: helping authors craft a stronger story

Welcome to The Prologue, with author coach, Arielle Hadfield.


You’ve got an idea for a story. Now it’s time to get it on paper. The writing world can be a strange and scary place, but you don’t have to face it alone.


In this podcast, Arielle guides authors through all the steps of writing a book. This includes how to take a simple idea and transform it into an entire story with complete characters and a compelling plot, editing strategies, and mindfulness skills to help break through writer’s block, handle rejection, and find courage to step outside your comfort zone to get your story out of your head and into stores.


Arielle Hadfield began as an author. Soon she was able to combine her writing and editing skills with her background in mental health and life coaching to become the first of its kind author coach!


Tune in every Tuesday to learn how to craft a stronger story. With examples from books, movies, and music, and a fun, encouraging, and kind environment, Arielle will help you reach your goals, no matter how far-fetched they feel today.

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