3 Things You Need to Legally Protect Yourself When Writing a Book
Apr 27, 2018
Hi Power Player!
We are talking about legal protections...What you need to keep others from stealing your work, from selling your work without you getting paid, to registering your work under their name, and all those types of things.
These tips I am going to share are very simple, but they are very important because they will determine the future of not only your book, but your business. I would hate for you to sign over the rights to your book and when it takes off, somebody is able to make a profit off of your work and you have absolutely no idea what’s actually going on.
1. Get your copyright.
You need a copyright. I would suggest that you don’t get it from a third-party website. You actually can go to copyright.gov.
You want to make sure you copyright your work in your name. This is a service I give to my clients in my publishing company. I copyright their books under their name so they have all rights to their work. But you can also do it yourself; one single manuscript is going to cost around $35.00.
2. Obtain your ISBN.
You definitely want to have your ISBN, which is your International Standard Book Number. That’s the number that goes on the barcode and is directly assigned to your book. Whoever owns that ISBN owns the book. You want to own the rights to your books and avoid a free ISBN given from online publishers. Although the free ISBN sounds enticing, they will own the rights to your book. They can sell your work to whatever outlet they want to and they will get the royalties as well. They might give you a small cut since you are the author, but they don’t have to tell you anything because they own the rights to it.
You can get the ISBN by going to isbn.org. There are some third parties that do it, but you want to stay legit.
3. Protect Yourself Against Libel and Slander
People want to tell stories which involve other people or businesses, but you have to yourself from libel and slander. If you don’t want legal repercussions from telling too much business about other people, you either:
(1) Want to get written permission from them to discuss them or their business on their book or
(2) Don’t use real names and location. You can still talk about the situation but under an alias. Switch up the names so they won’t be recognized and avoid the legal consequences.
These are some things you need to know to protect yourself when writing a book.
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