Copyright page

5 days ago | unice5656 (Member)

To anyone who's published their work on as an official book/ebook, what did you put on your copyright page? Just a simple "Copyright [Author name] [Year]"? Did you include the disclaimer "all characters, events, places are fictional" or anything like that? Do sites like Amazon have templates for you to use?

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  1. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 5 days ago

    I can tell you what I do. I have a template I created that I use for all Curveball stuff, that I'll probably just tweak a little for any other books that come out after. It's pretty much the same for the individual issues and the big omnibus books, but this is the format for the Curveball Year Two Omnibus:

    This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

    This isn't actually a copyright thing at all, and I've seen a lot of books where it's listed on its own page. I added it to the top just to save space in the print editions (more pages=higher cost).

    ISBN [ISBN Number here]

    The ISBN is also not really related to copyright, but it's often found on the copyright page. It's only relevant if you buy your own blocks, though. If you let the retailers (like B&N or Amazon) use their own, it'll be electronically associated with their copies of the book and you're better off not listing it at all, since you won't know what it is till you've submitted it.

    Copyright (c) 2015 by Christopher B. Wright.

    I go by C. B. Wright these days as my "author name," but I still copyright all my stuff as "Christopher B. Wright." It's what I used when I registered the copyright with the US Copyright office. Note that you're not required to register your copyright -- international treaties recognize and protect unregistered work. It might be harder to prove in court, though. I recommend using a legal name for this instead of an online handle, just because I imagine it makes things easier if you ever have to enforce your copyright, but it's probably not necessary -- authors use nom de plumes all the time, after all.

    Continuing:

    Original issue cover art Copyright 2013 by Pascalle Lepas. Used and distributed with permission. Original logo art Copyright 2012 by Garth Graham. Used and distributed with permission. Edited by Arpista Editing. Published by Eviscerati Communications LLC.

    This is stuff you don't have to include, but I felt it was proper. If you use an artist to create a logo or a cover, keep in mind that unless you specifically enter into an agreement where the artist does the work as work for hire, they will own the copyright to the image they produce. I feel it's proper to acknowledge that, especially since their work enhances the quality of my own work. So I credit them. I added the editor there because it fit thematically, and listed my LLC as the publisher, with the implication that I have given myself permission to publish my work. :)

    NOW, on top of that, I use CC-distribute my work, my so then add:

    This publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) License. This license is explained in greater detail on the following page.

    A license isn't the same as a copyright, but it's related -- the copyright holder can set the terms of use for this work, and I am setting the terms by adopting an agreed upon and vetted license that gives the reader a lot more leeway in what they can do with the content. I felt it appropriate to list that on the page, and then point to another page that goes into greater detail.

    Anyway, that's probably more complicated than you were looking for, but I hope it helps a little.

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  2. unice5656 (Member)

    Posted 4 days ago

    Thanks :)

  3. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 3 days ago

    Thank you for listing the Editor! I really wish more people listed editors, and that it was a searchable field on Amazon and Goodreads. I have picked up books specifically because I'm familiar with the Editor, and have never been dissapointed. (Even better, one of my favorite editors, Jamie Wyman, uses another of my favorite editors, Danielle Poiesz. Win)

  4. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 3 days ago

    Well, credit where due. The editor makes your book writing look more better, in a writingly fashion. :D

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