“Copyright infringement is not for the faint-hearted so writer beware’”
Copyright is the birthright of the writer; it’s an author’s manuscript DNA and yet it’s often freely given away to an agent, publisher or any other interested party by the author himself without regard to protecting either his creativity or integrity. This is an open invitation for copyright theft.
Yet it can be avoided if a copy of the manuscript is mailed in a sealed A4 envelope by recorded delivery to the author’s home address before it’s sent anywhere else. It really is that simple as long as the postal marks and seals on the envelope remain unopened.
Keep the document safe by filing it away in an accessible place, never to be opened unless required in court and is all the proof of ownership a writer needs; security of creativity and peace of mind and all for the price of a stamp.
Next time I’ll be looking at self-editing.
Thanks for the tip!
I used to do that, then I realized that I could register my manuscript with the Library of Congress. It can be done online for some $30 and doesn’t take more than a a few minutes. All you need to do is go to http://copyright.gov/eco/ and follow the instructions 🙂
I guess that’s what you’d call boots and braces, Nicholas, and always good to have an alternative.