Just a note for Writers
I am often asked about cheap ways to get a book published, help with book formating, resources, promotion, or just plain advice in the process of becoming a writer, speaker, leader, unleashing your dreams, etc. While I am far from being the queen expert of the publishing world (I yield to people like Michael Hyatt and others far greater than me), I truly desire to help and offer how I can.
Today someone emailed to ask about copyrighting their material and the fear of someone else taking their work. This is a, question I hear people ask. You are an adult and can make your own decision. However, from experience, research, and many long talks with experts in the industry I offer this information to you regarding copyrighting your book, articles, etc.
Please feel free to add your comments, suggestions and thoughts.
You don’t need to file an official copyright to have your work copyrighted. It’s automatic once it’s put on paper. This has been the law since March 1, 1989. So even an unpublished manuscript has built-in copyright protection!
Until you have your official copyright, you can use a (c) or the word “copyright” to signify your work is original and copyrighted.
To file your official copyright, you need to complete some paperwork with the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C. and pay a registration fee.
If you go to their website, http://wwww.copyright.gov, you’ll be able to download the form that needs to be completed. It’s called Form TX and it contains the instructions on how to complete it
Hope that helps.