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Formatting hints ~ The Copyright Page

By: Travis Simmons

Everyone can agree that a copyright page is important, but when you’re starting your publishing journey, opening a new press, or maybe making a shift from traditional publisher to self-publishing, it can be a little daunting. Thankfully, I’m here to help you understand it a little better. In this article we will discuss what to put on your copyright page as well as other things you can add to give a thanks to those who’ve helped form your novel.

There honestly isn’t much you are required to include on your copyright page in order for your work to be protected under law. The minimum you need is the word copyright or the © symbol with your name and the date of the copyright. Mine looks something like this: “Copyright © October, 2012 by Travis Simmons.” Nothing too fancy right?

However, the copyright page can hold many more things: title of the work, publisher, waiver, legal notices, ISBN and so on. Typically this is what you would run across with a copyright page:

Copyright © October, 2012 by Travis Simmons
The Revenant Wyrd Saga Book Two
The Mirror of the Moon
ISBN 978-1490981550
Published by: Wyrding Ways Press
Cover Design by: Najla Qamber Designs
Formatting by: Wyrding Ways Press

All Rights Reserved.  No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or in any means – by electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise – without prior written permission.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and events are either the product of the authors’ imagination or are used factiously. Any resemblance to actual places, events, and people, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Printed in the United States of America.

If you’re a small press you will likely want to put down other information too like edition number, mailing address, ordering information, logo, printing history and website. If this is a print book make sure to put where it was printed under the information. If this is an eBook then obviously those no printing location to report.

There are many places on the internet that you can find sample copyright pages to use (and by all means, you can use this one as a template). You can add to or take away as you see fit.

One thing I like to do, is give a little thanks to the people that have helped me with the book. Why is this important? It’s not really, and it’s not required that you put it in there, but it is nice. Whenever you mention who has helped in what regards, you give them a little kudo, and maybe even some business.

When I’m reading a book and I love the cover art, a lot of times I will go to the copyright page to see who did the artwork so maybe I can contact them for some work of my own. A lot of times it’s not there, but sometimes it is. I like to mention the people who helped me so I can assure they keep getting business and will be around for a long time to help me out with future work. When I find someone I enjoy working with that connection is golden.

So what can you put there? Well, why not mentioning your editor, formatter, cover artist, models that posed for the cover, artists who might have contributed to the work, and anyone else who might have helped you along with the actual production of the book. Don’t get this confused with the acknowledgments, you don’t want to thank your friends and family here. And don’t forget to add a nice link to the website or online profile that person uses to communicate with clients.

So as you can see, copyright pages don’t have to be a nightmare. You can make them as simple or as elaborate as you’d like, but it is important to have at least something in place so people know the work is protected and it can’t be duplicated without your express permission.



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Travis Simmons is the internationally bestselling author of the zombie meets necromancer apocalypse series Infernal Designs, and the dark fantasy series The Revenant Wyrd Saga. He lives in upstate New York surrounded by pines, wildlife, family, and shares his time with his best friend, a moody German Shepard, Akita mix named Kali Mae. When he isn’t writing he enjoys reading, formatting, and learning this tricky game called publishing.

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