2016-07-24

Copyrighting

Update
Dragonverse Origins is done! If you’ve been waiting for it, you can pre-order it at: https://amzn.com/B01IU96X4O. Please consider making a pre-order. Please pass the word on to your friends who enjoy fantasy. Pre-orders help boost a new book’s ratings so it’s important to have as many as possible by the time the book is released. For less than the cost of a Starbuck’s latte, you will have an exciting book to hold your imagination for several days. When you think about the cost and how long the satisfaction lasts, buying a book is a far better deal!

Copyrighting
One of the first things I did after finishing Dragonverse Origins was to log on to the government’s U.S. copyright office page at http://www.copyright.gov/ and register my novel. The entire process, including uploading the Word version of the novel, took less than 15 minutes. The cost is $35.00 and I consider it well worth the money to have peace of mind that my novel is copyrighted. Some out there might argue against doing this because the odds are against someone stealing your work. If someone did, and you found out about it, you would have to take that person to court. That takes money, and writers are not known to be rolling in money.

But there is another good reason to copyright your work. It’s proof that you wrote something. It shows you're an author. It gives you the peace of mind that nobody else can legally profit from your work unless you give them permission. True, you do not have to spend the $35.00 to have your work copyrighted—it’s automatic. Copyrighting your work though gives you added protection. If you need to take someone to court, the government will be on your side because you have a registration number with the copyright office. If you didn’t spend the money, you’re on your own and the burden of proof lies on you.

It doesn’t cost much to do it and it doesn’t take up much of your time.

While I’m on the subject of money, I should mention that the total out-of-pocket expenses for Dragonverse Origins amounted to a grand total of $115 ($35 for copyright and $80 for the cover art). To recover the cost, I will have to sell 48 copies at the current price of $3.50. The Dragonverse series is not my biggest seller and I might not sell 48 copies. So again, I’m asking you to please let your friends know.

I have some final editing to do so both the Kindle and the CreateSpace versions can be made available by the planned release date of August 27. Time to get back to work.