Of all the books I have co-authored or ghostwritten the one I knew, absolutely knew, that I didn't need a written contract, letter of agreement, or even a confirming e-mail for was the one I began with Kelly Snyder in 2009—a book with the working title of Find Me II—The Casebook. As Samuel Goldwyn said, "A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on."
Writers beware. Regardless of how well you know someone, the depth of experience you have with someone, or how much you trust someone, if you plan on writing something together—insist on a contract. The presentation is based on my book How Find Me Lost Me—A Betrayal of Trust Told by a Psychic Who Didn't See It Coming.
This isn't a presentation on contracts. Rather, it is a warning of what can
happen when a writer ignores his or her basic responsibility to consider the potential legal ramifications of relying on someone's spoken word vs. the written word. How Find Me II—The Casebook by Dan Baldwin and Kelly Snyder became the award winning They Are Not Yet Lost by Dan Baldwin is an interesting and cautionary tale told in How Find Me Lost Me.
Be sure to attend so you can make sure you "Do as I say not as I have done."
Check out They Are Not Yet Lost and How Find Me Lost Me at Amazon.com
For most of his career, Guy Atchley has worked with film and video to share stories of interest with the viewers of KGUN 9. But about ten years ago, there was a shift in Guy's focus—still photography. You may have seen Guy's pictures at the end of KGUN 9 newscasts and wondered about the stories behind them—Guy will be telling some of those stories. Many of the photos are chosen simply to show the beauty of Arizona and its people. However, a few might elicit a chuckle. Others will make you think. And still others could leave you feeling a bit sad. Regardless, you should leave this presentation knowing more about Guy and the many interesting subjects that have passed in front of his camera lens in our great state of Arizona. Guy Atchley is celebrating 34 years in Tucson at KGUN 9 On Your Side.
Since he graduated from the University
of Tulsa in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio/Television Speech, Guy has received more than twenty first-place awards for excellence in reporting.
During Guy's tenure, the Associated Press has honored KGUN 9 News with the award for Best Newscast in Southern Arizona seven times. In 1992 Guy swept the Arizona AP awards by winning three first-place honors including: Best Serious Feature, Best Light Feature, and Best General Reporting in the State.
Guy also was honored for his reports on living conditions in China in the documentary China: 1987. And in October of 1993, Guy traveled to the Middle East for a documentary on Israel's quest for peace. That documentary, plus Guy's news reports and speeches to expose intolerance and bigotry, earned him the 1994 Human Relations Award presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Besides reporting from several foreign countries, Guy also has traveled the United States. He has covered space shuttle launches in Florida, racial tension in the South, and immigration policies at the U.S./Mexico border. On Veterans Day of 1994, Guy reported from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. He later returned to Washington to cover the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
For more than two decades, Guy spent each Labor Day as Tucson host for the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
Guy has interviewed many famous people, but it's the not-so-famous—the unsung heroes of America—that Guy loves to focus on. Comedian Dean Steeves says: "In a culture where 15 minutes of fame has become just that, Guy Atchley seeks out and retells the small, quiet stories behind the lives of real and honorable people." Former University of Arizona Basketball Coach Lute Olson says: "I applaud Guy Atchley for focusing on what is good in our world."
You may have seen Guy's cameos in several movies: Jericho Fever, which was produced for the USA Cable Network, the remake of Vanishing Point for Fox TV, and the independent film Runnin' at Midnite. And in case you're wondering, Guy played the role of a reporter in each film.
If you ask Guy, you'll find out that he's thankful to be a real-life reporter who seeks out stories of inspiration and humor. In the end, Guy says, that's the good news—the innate ability to be greater than anything that can happen to you.
For the last ten years Guy has focused his attention on photography to show the beauty of the Grand Canyon State. Watch for his photos at the end of KGUN 9 newscasts.