Helpful Tips

Tip of the Day: Pay the money to copyright your work.

Every so often, I come across another horror story where some honest writer has had their precious work taken down from the Amazon sites because some BLEEP has chosen to claim that they own the copyright. If this happens to you, it falls on you to prove the other person is wrong.

Pay the money to the copyright office to get that official certificate. If you reside in a country that doesn’t have a formal registration for copyright, like New Zealand, then join a copyright registrar site. I personally subscribe to Copyright Index. It’s recognized in 187 countries around the world, and in my opinion, it’s worth every penny.

This tip is one of the many tips found in Hidden Traps: A Writer’s Guide to Protecting Your Online Platform by Judy L Mohr.

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3 Comments

  1. I have been thinking about posting some of the lore from with my WIP on my blog. Would this website be all I need to protect that work? I am still very new to the writing world.

    • Hi Erika, Copyright Index will issue certificates for all forms of writing. As part of the process, upload a draft version (DOC file or similar), and the certificate includes dated filenames.

      Saying that, I’m not sure if I would post sections of a WIP on any website, even my own. You might want to take a look at my post about when writing is classified as published before you post your works.

    • I should also point out that I have a post coming out tomorrow that goes more into detail about why people NEED to copyright their writing, and how the BLEEPS (insert profanity here) use snippets of writing posted on blogs and sites such as WattPad to falsify copyright claims.

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