A Complete Guide to Copyrighting your Book

You have written an amazing book, now the next smart thing to do will be to copyright it. You don’t want to experience the nightmare where you randomly walk into a bookstore and pick up a book only to find there are similar dialogues and the same storyline as yours.

Copyrighting your book is a complex task and most authors like to steer clear of it or at least it’s the last thing that they are worried about. However, if you are an author and you have self-published your book then the responsibility to teach yourself the complex process of copyrighting and other aspects of the business falls on your shoulders alone. This includes learning about how you can protect your intellectual property.

A disclaimer – this blog is not, in any way, a professional advice. This work is only to make the process of copyrighting easy to understand.

What Exactly is Copywriting?

It is as simple as it sounds, copyrighting your work means to have the right to copy. This right is put in place so that when a book is published, others can’t steal or replicate your work and sell it for a profit or otherwise, without taking your consent.

This protection under the copyright is the government’s way of acknowledging that the work you have created is original and they will ensure that it remains only your intellectual property even when you have published the book and it’s in the public sphere.

Even though all the work created by an individual is their property, a copyright is how one can prove this. The copyright holder has the only exclusive right to make copies, publicly display, distribute, and even create derivations of the work based on the original work or art.

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