The AMA Handbook of Business Letters

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CHAPTER 16

Permissions Letters

The letters in this chapter were written to seek permission of one sort or another. In most cases the letters seek permission to reprint or use copyrighted material. When a professional uses part of an article or book it is crucial that she receive the permission of the owner of the copyright on the material, not only to protect herself, but also to appropriately acknowledge the person whose work is being used.


Letters Seeking Permission to Reprint

Sample Letters 16.1 through 16.4 were all written to seek permission to reprint material. Sample Letter 16.1 was written by an editor to an author to seek permission. Sample Letter 16.2 was written by an author to a publishing company seeking permission to reprint. Sample Letter 16.3 was written by the permissions editor of a publication seeking permission to reprint material. And Sample Letter 16.4 was written by an editor to a reviewer seeking permission to use part of his review in the advertising copy for a book.

SAMPLE LETTER 16.1. Letter from editor requesting permission to reprint material (semiblock format).

"date"

Mr. Mark Nies 45 Productive Row Northcross, Wisconsin 23245

Dear Mr. Nies:

I am editing a book tentatively titled Basic Market Research and wish to include a reprint of your writing entitled "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

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