If you are an author, you know how exciting it is to write a book. You pour your heart and soul into your words, and you want to share them with the world. But before you publish your book, there is one more thing you need to do: write a copyright page. Many self-published books have no copyright page, and self-publishing platforms don’t require it. You may skip this copyright page, and you won’t have problems publishing your book. But, that is not recommended and it looks unprofessional.
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What is a copyright page, and why do you need it?
A copyright page is a page that appears on the inside of every book, usually right after the title page. It contains important information for librarians, publishers, bulk book buyers, bibliographers, and other writers who want to quote your book in their book. It also protects your rights as an author and gives credit to the people who helped you create your book.
What should you include on your copyright page?
There are some essential elements that you must include on your copyright page, and some optional ones that you may want to add. Here is a list of what you should consider:
The copyright notice. This is the most essential element of your copyright page. It consists of the C symbol or the word copyright, sometimes abbreviated as cop or ©, followed by the year of the first publication and the name of the owner of the copyright. The owner could be you, your company, or the publisher you signed your rights over to.
The reservation of rights. This is where you state what people can and cannot do with your book. For example, you may write: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publisher. This prevents unauthorized copying, distribution, or adaptation of your work.
The publisher’s contact information. This is useful if someone wants to purchase multiple books, ask for permission to use your work, or contact you for any reason. You may include an email address, a website, or a physical address. If you are self-publishing, you may also include the name of your publishing imprint or company.
The trademark notices. If you have trademarked your book title, your publishing imprint, or anything else related to your book, you may want to include a notice on your copyright page. For example, you may write: Book Launchers is a registered trademark of Book Launchers Inc.
The cataloging in publication data. This is a set of information that helps librarians and other book professionals to classify and catalog your book. It includes the title, author, subject, ISBN, and other details. If you want your book to be listed in the Library of Congress, you need to apply for this data and include it on your copyright page. You can watch this video to learn more about how to get your book into libraries and this video to learn more about whether you should file for copyright protection.
The edition information. If your book has been revised or updated, you may want to indicate what edition it is. For example, you may write: Second edition, revised and expanded.
The printing history. This is a series of numbers that shows how many print runs your book has had. For example, you may write: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. This means that your book is in its first print run, and the number 1 will be removed when the second print run is made. However, this is not very relevant for print on demand publishing, which is what most self-published authors use. You can skip this element if you want.
The environmental statement. If you care about the environment and want to show it, you may include a statement about the eco-friendliness of your book. For example, you may write: This book is printed on recycled paper with non-toxic ink.
The credits. This is where you can acknowledge the people who helped you create your book, such as your cover designer, editor, illustrator, or anyone else. You may also include their contact information or website if they agree. However, this is not necessary, and you can also use the acknowledgment pages for this purpose.
How to format your copyright page?
There is no one right way to format your copyright page, but you should make it clear and consistent. You can use different fonts, sizes, or styles to separate the different elements, or you can use symbols, such as asterisks or dashes, to create breaks. You can also use indentation, alignment, or spacing to create a neat layout. You can look at some examples of copyright pages from other books to get some inspiration.
Here is a sample copyright page based on the content you provided:
© 2023 by John Smith. All rights reserved.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publisher.
Published by Book Publishing Inc.
Book Publishing is a registered trademark of Book Publishing Inc.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
How to self publish book / John Smith.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-123456-78-9 (hardcover) – ISBN 978-0-123456-79-0 (paperback)
Business writing. 2. Authorship.
Second edition, revised and expanded.
This book is printed on recycled paper with non-toxic ink.
Cover design by John Smith.
Editing by Cathy Smith.
Illustrations by Max Smith.
In crafting your copyright page, remember that it’s a single page within your book. Tailor it to include elements that are most pertinent to your publishing journey. If you are self-publishing your book, then you may consider adding your social media username and any promotional message and QR code for your website. Furthermore, if your book is part of a series, then consider adding the series name and their ISBNs. If you don’t have ISBNs, then consider purchasing ISBNs for your book.
The information provided here is based on experience and research, and it’s always advisable to seek professional legal advice for any copyright-related matters.