Own your work
Under U.S. copyright law, your self-published work is protected as soon as you put pen to paper. In the past, handwritten documents could be used as proof that you own the work. Nowadays, with printers and all kinds of technology devices, it is hard to rely on handwritten documents as proof. It is therefore advisable to apply for a copyright. Copyright registration allows you, as a self-published author, the security and confidence you need when it comes to protecting your work.
Protect your work
Register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office. You will need to complete the copyright application. You can then upload your book to the website or send a printed copy to them. There is also a filing fee involved.
The instructions are easy to follow, but uploading can be extremely time consuming. We can assist you in registering a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. Processing can take several months, due to the backlog of applications. We can monitor and track your application and update you regularly on the status.
You certainly don’t want your work copied and claimed by somebody else. Aside from being recognized as the author, you will lose all rights to your work.
If your book becomes in demand, either for a film or other merchandising arrangement, people will want to know if you are the true owner of the book, so that they can discuss legal terms and conditions for using your book, including all financial payments due you. A copyright number shows that the book is registered and proves that you are the true owner. You never know when you might need it.