Hi all,

My WIP features a company called "Merrick Music" which is central to the storyline. (Can't cut this company from the plot, and I'd really rather not change that name--I love the sound of it.)

I never thought to google the name while writing (though I thought to google plenty of other names in the WIP before using them... *sigh*). Turns out there's a music production company with that exact name. They're all over the Google search results.

Do I need to be concerned about this at the querying stage? Is this something that a publisher would be willing to try and cover with the ol', "This is a work of fiction..." thing?

Or should I go about respelling and/or renaming the company now?

Thanks everyone!