You may register a copyright for your book either electronically or by mailing in a hardcopy application. Written by Joe Runge, Esq. The moment you start writing a book, you own the rights to it. However, if you want to protect your copyright, you must go above and beyond. For example, if you do not include a copyright notice on your book, then everyone would assume that your work is public domain.
The first thing you need to know about writing a successful book is that it takes a lot of time. To be able to write a successful book, you need to be willing to put in the time. It also helps if you have a good idea before you start writing because it makes it easier to get through the first few chapters. Successful books find an audience, too. If you want more people to read your book, then you should market it properly. You can't expect people to know you exist unless you tell them who you are and what you've written. This may mean signing up for some writing courses or workshops, which will help you improve your skills and learn from other authors.
After you've finished writing your book, you need to make sure that it's copyrighted. Failure to do so may result in difficulties when trying to sell it later on.
It is very easy to write your own copyright.
You may register a copyright for your book by submitting an electronic registration or sending in a hardcopy application. Registration through Electronic Means
Your book is legally protected from the moment it is written. However, in order to maximize your legal rights and fully safeguard your work, you must register your book with the Federal Copyright Office.
There are two ways to register your book: electronically and physically. The cost is $35 for each method employed.
To register your book electronically, go to www.copyright.gov and follow the instructions. Be sure to include your name, the title of your book, and its ISBN number. You can then download a registration form that contains all the information needed to complete your registration.
To register your book physically, send a check or money order for $35 (USD) made out to the "Copyright Office" with "Book Registration" on the memo line. Send this to the following address:
Office of the Register of Copyrights
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20559-6000
You will need to provide a detailed description of your book, including but not limited to, the type of book, its approximate size, and its intended audience.
This description will be used as evidence of ownership if someone attempts to sell your book without your permission.
How to Obtain a Copyright for a Book