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Typical Copyright Page

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copyrightThe hard part is writing a book, but before publishing there are many pieces that still need to be included before you can continue.  One of those is the copyright page.  Below I’ve presented my typical copyright page you cut and paste and some other considerations while creating/adapting your own.

My page looks something like this:

Copyright © 2013 Ethan Cobb

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the publisher except in the case of brief quotation embodied in critical articles and reviews. Please purchase only authorized electronic editions, and do not participate in or encourage electronic piracy of copyrighted materials.

This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, names, incidents, organizations, and dialogue in this novel are either the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual people, living or dead, or to actual events and locales is entirely coincidental.

ISBN:####

Visit the author’s website www.EthanDCobb.com

The first part: Copyright © 2013 Ethan Cobb, is the most important part of any copyright page, and all that is really needed to clearly define that this is a copyrighted work.  The name after the copyright can be a pen name or the author’s real name, it doesn’t matter.

The second paragraph goes further to define what is acceptable or not with the book.  This paragraph makes it clear than no copying is allowed.  For most books, a paragraph similar to this is used.  Sometimes, however, the author may want to mention that the book can be shared freely or shared with certain restriction as is common with creative commons licensing.

The last full paragraph is a fictional character disclaimer.  Most fictitious work will have a character disclaimer to make it clear that these are made up people in the book.

Some elements you may want to consider besides those mentioned above are:

  • A link to the author’s website.
  • Copyright of other sources used in the book, such as credit for cover images or quotes used in the book.
  • The book edition number, especially if it is a first printing.
  • Where the book was printed
  • Comedic elements that may reflect the comedic nature of the book

Can you think of anything else you might include on a copyright page?

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