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  • 11 Oct 2022 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Calling all indie book authors and publishers!

    Submissions are open to enter Next Generation Indie Book Awards

    Small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2021, 2022 or 2023 or with a 2021, 2022 or 2023 copyright date are eligible.

    Offering 80+ Categories - More than 80 Awards – with over 80 monetary prizes totaling over $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!

    Entry deadline for the 2023 awards program – February 10, 2023.

    The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest International awards program for indie authors and independent publishers and the only book awards program of its kind offering more monetary prizes, more awards, more recognition and more exposure including exposure to a leading Literary Agent for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights!

    Presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) in conjunction with Marilyn Allen (formerly of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency), the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the top independently published books of the year. IBPPG was formed to provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession. All independent authors and publishers are encouraged to enter their books in the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards so that they too can earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book!

    Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

    ▪ $1,500 cash prize and trophy for the best Fiction Book
    ▪ $1,500 cash prize and trophy for the best Non-Fiction Book
    ▪ $750 cash prize and trophy for the second best Fiction Book
    ▪ $750 cash prize and trophy for the second best Non-Fiction Book
    ▪ $500 cash prize and trophy for the third best Fiction Book
    ▪ $500 cash prize and trophy for the third best Non-Fiction Book
    ▪ $100 Cash Prize & Gold Medal for all 80+ category Winners
    ▪ Finalist Medals for each finalist in the 80+ categories

    Winners and Finalists will also receive:

    ▪ An invitation to the gala awards reception.
    ▪ Exposure for a full year at Next Generation Indie Book Awards as a Winner or Finalist.
    ▪ All Winners will be listed in the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!
    ▪ The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book.
    ▪ Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).

    Entry deadline for the 2023 awards program – February 10, 2023.

    All books (hard copies or digital uploads) must be received in the office of the organizers by the entry deadline date to be eligible for the 2023 awards.

    Note: This Awards program is not affiliated with SDWEG. This announcement is offered as information of possible interest to our members. Be aware that there is a submission fee to enter this contest.

  • 5 Oct 2022 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Elections are coming up in October. The new Board won’t take over until January, but the time to begin planning for the transition of responsibilities is now. 

    A number of responsibilities traditionally been held by Board members could be handled by volunteer members. If you have skills and time to provide assistance in a variety of areas, members of the Board would like to know.

    A spreadsheet with tabs that identify tasks needing volunteers are on Google Drive. 

    Look for Tabs labeled Anthology, Board Admin, Mss Review, Zoom Pro, Membership Support, Marketing, Social Media, and Mentoring Program.

    If you are willing to take on one or more of the responsibilities, add your name and contact information on the spreadsheet.

    Board members will provide training in all the tasks that are already being handled. The final tab, Mentoring Program, has no specific tasks identified yet as we envision the new Board will hold meetings to discuss what a Guild mentoring program will require. If you are interested in being part of those discussions, add your name.

  • 2 Oct 2022 6:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The International Memoir Writers Association announced the ten winners whose works will be performed in the 2022 Memoir Showcase. Two of those winners are also members of San Diego Writers and Editors Guild: Lindsey Salatka (“I Am Ajumma”) and Mary Ann Horton (“My First Day as a Woman”).

    In addition, four of the 25 authors selected to have their works in Volume VI of Shaking the Tree: Brazen. Short. Memoir. to be published in 2024, are also Guild members: Anastasia Zadeik (“Inconceivable”), Janet Hafner (“Janet vs. Goliath”), Lenore Greiner (“My Father’s Moon”), and Laura Engel (“Scars”).

    Congratulations to these authors on their success at having their works recognized. The Memoir Showcase judging team indicated the entries were incredible, making this the most difficult showcase to pick winners.

  • 29 Sep 2022 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    San Diego Writers, Ink is offering a FREE marketing class with John Mark O'Bannon on Sunday, October 9, at 1 p.m. via Zoom.

    Learn how to use the most powerful marketing strategy ever devised to create a buying frenzy for your books. We will also discuss how to create an online platform, how to create character brands and how to build a list of lifetime fans who will want to buy everything you write. The one-day workshop will be on Sunday, October 9, at 1 p.m. via Zoom, and it is also available via Digital Ink recording. Register to receive the Zoom link here.

    Mark O’Bannon is an American novelist and game designer best known as the author of the fantasy series, “Shadows and Dreams.” O’Bannon has studied writing and marketing techniques extensively and has read over 200 books on the subjects. O’Bannon has been conducting workshops, seminars, and panels for authors on writing and marketing since 2007. O’Bannon is an advocate of Self-Publishing and teaches workshops to aspiring authors on how to publish, market and promote their work. O’Bannon is the CEO of Shadowstar Games, which publishes the Interactive Storytelling Game (a Pen & Paper Role Playing Game), “Fantasy Imperium.” Born in San Diego, California, O’Bannon is the grandson of the famous aviation pioneer, Reuben H. Fleet (who acquired the Wright Brother’s airplane company Dayton-Wright along with Gallaudet Aircraft and formed Consolidated Aircraft, the makers of the famous B-24 Liberator bombers and the PBY Catalina flying boats from WWII).

    PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.

    By signing up for the live version of this class, you give your consent to being recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded, you may keep your camera and microphone off during the session. Thank you for your understanding.

  • 27 Sep 2022 1:10 PM | Lisa Hagerman (Administrator)

    Casey Fae Hewson has just released her latest book, Pacific Vines, now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    As the saying goes, ‘Life is Unpredictable.’ Just how unpredictable, Ryleigh would soon find out.  One day her personal and professional life was all organized, then one day it wasn’t.

    Engaged to be married and on the fast track to move up at Pacific Vines Winery, she would quickly find out that being enticed by recognition and blind love could sabotage everything she thought she wanted. Add falling in love with the wrong person, and watch it destroy not only common sense but friendships.

    But, as another saying goes, ‘Sometimes the worst things in life can  lead to the best things.’

  • 27 Sep 2022 12:48 PM | Lisa Hagerman (Administrator)

    Written by Bob Boze

    We’ve been editing for a number of years. Over time, our edits have surfaced two very big surprises.

    Who would have thought that our editing would have taken us on a tour of writers from all over the world? Writers from Romania, Bermuda, New Zealand, Australia, as well as coast to coast in the United States. Writers not only spread all over the world, but stories, that like our reading, cover a host of genres and are aimed at age groups from children to seniors.

    But perhaps the biggest surprise has been the talent of those whose work we’ve edited. Many have been first time writers, and we’re glad to say that our initial expectations of extensive editing, have often been unfounded. Even for those with English as their second language, their storytelling skills have made our correcting misused words or rewriting jumbled sentences more of a pleasure then a trauma.

    Perhaps our vast travels have helped, especially when regional details and time zones become muddled. Even there though, spotting where they went astray and getting things back to the proper place and time is often easy.

    But it’s not just been a one-way street of learning. Helping with our knowledge of regional histories has been the various memoirs we’ve edited. Here again, our editing has taken us into areas of research that have broadened our worldly knowledge and allowed us to verify the author’s descriptions, based on their memories.

    Finally, the wide variety of genres, each with their own rules, story arcs and subplots has often allowed us to suggest blending these from one genre to another, thus, helping our authors to create some truly unique subplots.

  • 12 Aug 2022 5:54 PM | Leon Lazarus (Administrator)

    Long time Guild member, Phil Pryde has published his book, Mary Magdalene and the Quest for Gender Equality, an historical novel set in first century Palestine and Gaul.

    According to Phil, the novel necessarily has a religious setting, but it isn't primarily about religion. Its storyline is the desire of Mary Magdalene to teach others about her mentor, Jesus. However, this would be almost impossible given the paternalistic nature of society at the time, which held that women weren’t allowed to teach to men.

    Commenting on the book, Phil said that, "this fictional, but plausible, depiction of Mary Magdalene as an early seeker of gender equality should appeal to many who have the same vision, given that 2000 years later the battle for this basic human right still continues."

    You can learn more about the book and Mary Magdalene at

    You will find the printed book on

    An e-book is also available for purchase.

  • 1 Aug 2022 4:23 PM | Leon Lazarus (Administrator)

    A karaoke-loving shower singer, I usually have a rolodex of songs queued up in my head that can be triggered at any time with just a word. Lately, I’ve had that old Jackie DeShannon classic playing, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love, It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”

    But I can’t help thinking that what the world really needs right now, more than anything, more than love, or thoughts and prayers, or good deeds, is leadership. Authentic leadership.

    We have a serious leadership crisis in our country, in politics, in public health, in corporate America, in faith and religion, and in all of our civic departments and local governments. We need leadership in addressing racial injustice, the homelessness crisis, and gun violence.

    How can leadership be more important than love? Love is the only thing. Love wins. Love rules. I agree. I do believe that love can be world-changing and life-altering, and it’s necessary. But we need leadership, and we need it now.

    Don’t we already have leaders? We elect new leaders. We hire CEOs and Presidents, appoint Mayors and Commissioners, and place others in positions of power. We have plenty of people with leadership titles, but leadership is so much more than a title.

    Being a leader is more than the position you hold, the title you have, the degree you’ve earned, the money you make, the size of your company, or the size of the department or team that you manage. Being a leader is so much more than appearances, elections, political positions, fancy corner offices, or impressive titles and salaries.

    Regardless of how you or I define leadership, when it comes to authentic leadership, I know it when I see it, and you probably do too. Instead of leadership quotes on a shareable meme, I am more interested in what leadership looks like on a daily basis in the trenches. Who is providing leadership when children are gunned down in the streets or at school, when citizens of our own country are murdered by those who are supposed to protect them or when others succumb to homelessness or an opioid addiction? I am more interested in leadership when the cost of gas has become unmanageable for most and mothers can’t feed their babies.

    What does leadership do for us? Why is it so important, especially in times of crisis?

    There are four primary things that leadership gives us. Leadership provides:

    • Vision.
    • Unity.
    • Inspiration.
    • Strength.

    Leadership provides Vision. Proverbs 29:18, a scripture in the Bible, says something like, where there is no vision, the people perish. Vision allows us to see what is possible and where we need to go. Leaders can tell us what the roadmap looks like and what directions we need to follow to get there.

    We need vision as a collective group, because as individuals, we are pulled in too many different directions. We all have varying priorities, needs, crises and egos. We all have different resources available to us, including privileges and abilities, whether they are physical or intellectual or otherwise. We are all caught up in the weeds of our own life. So much so that we need someone who can see above and outside all of that and give us a vision.

    We need someone who can help us imagine a different future than the one we’ve been handed, and not just imagine it, but lead us on the path to get there.

    Leadership provides Unity and brings people together around a common goal in spite of all the differences and conflict. Despite the evil and ugliness we witness on the news and in social media and sometimes even within our own friend group or family, I believe that the majority of people are good and that we all want the same things. One of my credos in life, which I included at the beginning of my book, Chasing the Merry-Go-Round, is this:

    Home is a place all of us want to be. We all want to have our corner of the world, surrounded by people who know us, accept us, love us; a place where we are safe, warm, fed; a place where we have enough, where we are enough. This is all there is. I also believe that how we care for those who need help has an everlasting impact, and that if we can help people meet the basic needs of their spirit, soul and body, it allows them the ability to keep their own corner of the world, their home, safe and prosperous for them and their family. This is all there is.

    At our core, as human beings, that is what we all want. And if we all want the same thing, I believe that we can rally around that, even though we may all have different ideas on how to get there. When I use the word unity, I'm not implying that we all have to follow the same path. There is not one path for everyone. Unity in the context of being a leader is someone who can rise up and remind us that even though we disagree on different things, we all want many of the same things. We all want a home. We all want to have enough. We all want our children safe. We all want our corner of the world. We need someone who can help us unite around that idea when we’re pulled in all these different directions.

    Leadership provides Inspiration. The sensational and brutal nature of our 24/7 news, along with the behavior of some of our so-called leaders, can be overwhelming and discouraging. Why haven’t we made more progress in the areas of social justice? Why are people dying on the streets, unsheltered, hungry or addicted? Why can’t we solve these issues that plague us? Why are school-aged children murdered en masse for no reason?

    We watch videos on YouTube that make us feel like we’re on that street or in that school, watching it happen. It’s devastating and we feel helpless. We feel like we’re standing by, silently watching these horrible things unfold before our eyes. We wonder why we can’t do anything to stop it. Perhaps we can’t worry about what is happening on a national scale because we lost our job and are consumed with trying to make our next mortgage payment so our family doesn’t end up sleeping in the car, or maybe we’re trying to figure out how to buy groceries or find health insurance because our four-year-old was just diagnosed with leukemia.

    We need inspiration from our leaders to remind us of who we are, what we’re capable of, and that we can all impact and change the world.

    Finally, authentic leadership gives us Strength. It gives us the resolve, the determination, the resilience to stay in it for the long haul, to go the distance, to get back up when we fall, to turn away from those things that hold us down and hold us back. Leadership sends a message to our enemies and those who wish us harm. A leader can be strong for us when we’re too weak to keep going.

    What the world needs now is leadership. The kind of leadership that provides vision, unity, inspiration and strength.

    Kelly's latest book, HERE TO LEAD: Mastering the Art of Leadership in Order to Execute Strategy, Advance Change, and Drive Results, is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Kelly has held executive leadership positions in multiple organizations and regularly consults with companies regarding leadership, operational excellence and change implementation. Also host of the podcasts, All There Is and Here to LEAD, as well as the award-winning author of Chasing the Merry-Go-Round: Holding on to Hope & Home When the World Moves Too Fast, Kelly is working on her next novel in Syracuse, New York and collaborating with her husband, Craig, on other art and writing projects. 

  • 9 Jul 2022 2:51 PM | Leon Lazarus (Administrator)

    The SDWEG DOES NOT provide any legal advice and users of this web site should consult with their own lawyer for legal advice.

    The authors of this post are NOT lawyers and all thoughts expressed should be considered as opinion. Please consult with an attorney should you have a legal question.

    This blog started out to be quite simple. Define copyright, then tell you why should or shouldn’t copyright your work. Ha! That quickly turned out to be not so simple. Then, my wonderful partner Robyn started editing my first cut and threw the plagiarizing monkey wrench in it. So, please bear with us as we try to keep this as simple as we can yet help you to understand copyrighting your work.

    To start with, we are not copyright attorneys and in fact have no legal experience. We have, however, done a lot of research on the internet and strongly encourage you to follow our footsteps to better understand what follows.

    Our internet sources for what follows are: Wikipedia ( and (

    One final note. Our research covers US law only so if you live or sell your books in other countries, the laws may be different.


    Let’s start with what is a copyright? From there we’ll cover some of the elements of copywrite law, then talk about plagiarism and finally suggest what you should do and why.

    What is a copyright?

    Our friends at Wikipedia define copyright as follows:

    Copyright is a type of intellectual property that gives its owner the exclusive right to make copies of a creative work, usually for a limited time. The creative work may be in a literary, artistic, educational, or musical form. Copyright is intended to protect the original expression of an idea in the form of a creative work, but not the idea itself. A copyright is subject to limitations based on public interest considerations, such as the fair use doctrine in the United States.

    In many jurisdictions, copyright law makes exceptions to these restrictions when the work is copied for the purpose of commentary or other related uses. United States copyright law does not cover names, titles, short phrases or listings (such as ingredients, recipes, labels, or formulas). However, there are protections available for those areas copyright does not cover, such as trademarks and patents.

    What’s all that mean? First, the copyright protects the owner and gives them the exclusive right to make copies. That means only you, the copyright holder, can make copies. Anyone else who wants to copy your work needs your permission.

    But your copyright is intended to protect the original expression of an idea in the form of a creative work, but not the idea itself. Nor does it cover names, titles, short phrases or listings (such as ingredients, recipes, labels, or formulas).

    What’s all that mean? Copyright is intended to protect the original owner’s expression of an idea in the form of a creative work, but not the idea itself. So, to start you’ll probably need some way to prove you’re the owner, which is where fixation comes in. But it also means only your story is protected.

    So, if you write a story about CJ helping horses at a horse rescue ranch, like I did, your copywriting the story of someone named CJ helping horses at a specific horse rescue ranch. That does not mean that you own the rights to all stories with characters named CJ or about horse rescue ranches. We’ll talk more about this in a bit too.


    Fixation means that a works should exist in some tangible, permanent media form before it will attract copyright protection. That is, what you’re copyrighting should be ‘fixed’ in the form of a permanent media. For most artistic works, such as a manuscript, song or photograph, the point at which the work is created is generally considered the point of fixation.

    Some jurisdictions require "fixing" copyrighted works in a tangible form when works are shared among multiple authors, each of whom holds a set of rights to use or license the work, and who are commonly referred to as rights holders. These rights frequently include reproduction, control over derivative works, distribution, public performance, and moral rights such as attribution (Credit). (This will become clearer when we get to changes in the law)

    What’s that mean? Simple, you need to have whatever you’re copyrighting defined in a media form that can be stored unchanged. This could be a written or digital final manuscript, a published story, typed or written song lyrics or a photograph. Put another way, your original work needs to be in fixed entity that defines what your copyrighting.


    Copyright requires originality for several reasons. For one thing, it ensures that the work protected by copyright reflects the author’s personality and expression and that the effort the author expends in creating the work is substantial enough to justify legal protection. This also means that copyright protection is limited to each author’s expression, leaving non-original expressions and works free for others to use in the creation of new works: in this way, the originality requirement protects the creative and intellectual freedom of other creators.

    Huh? Okay, let’s take an extreme example. Let’s say you write a story that ‘borrows’ big chunks from other stories, TV shows, movies, songs and anything else you can find. Or, worse yet, there is absolutely nothing original in your story. When you copyright your story, the only parts that will be covered by the copyright will be the original parts you created. In fact, for all the parts you ‘borrowed,’ you’ve certainly plagiarized the work of others and likely violated multiple copyrights. (We actually read a story that fell into this category.) (We’ll also get to plagiarism shortly.)

    Territorial Rights

    Copyrights can be granted by public law and are in that case considered "territorial rights". This means that copyrights granted by the law of a certain state, do not extend beyond the territory of that specific jurisdiction. Copyrights of this type vary by country; many countries, and sometimes a large group of countries, have made agreements with other countries on procedures applicable when works "cross" national borders or national rights are inconsistent. An example of such an agreement is the Berne Convention Implementation Act which provides a standard for those countries that comply with it.

    Some countries require certain copyright formalities to establishing copyright, others recognize copyright in any completed work, without a formal registration.

    The key here is to be aware that different countries have different copyright laws so, what may be covered by your US copyright may not be honored if your work sells in other countries.

    Changes to US copyright laws

    We’re only including this so you know how we got to where we are with US copyright law and you can understand some of our suggestions at the end.

    Before 1989, United States law required the use of a copyright notice, consisting of the copyright symbol (©, the letter C inside a circle), the abbreviation "Copr.", or the word "Copyright", followed by the year of the first publication of the work and the name of the copyright holder. Several years may be noted if the work has gone through substantial revisions. The proper copyright notice for sound recordings of musical or other audio works is a sound recording copyright symbol (℗, the letter P inside a circle), which indicates a sound recording copyright, with the letter P indicating a "phonorecord".

    In addition, the phrase All rights reserved was once required to assert copyright, but that phrase is now legally obsolete.

    In 1989 the United States enacted the Berne Convention Implementation Act, amending the 1976 Copyright Act to conform to most of the provisions of the Berne Convention. As a result, the use of copyright notices has become optional to claim copyright, because the Berne Convention makes copyright automatic. However, the lack of notice of copyright using these marks may have consequences in terms of reduced damages in an infringement lawsuit – using notices of this form may reduce the likelihood of a defense of "innocent infringement" being successful.

    But what is meant by the Berne Convention makes copyright automatic? This is where Fixation comes in. Since you need to know what’s being copyrighted, the standard interpretation is that as soon as whatever you’re copyrighting is defined in a media form that can’t be changed, it’s automatically copyrighted. To quote Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).

    Which is the perfect lead into plagiarism!

    What is Plagiarism?

    According to “Plagiarism is the representation of another author's language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions as one's own original work. Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics. It is subject to sanctions such as penalties, suspension, expulsion from school or work, substantial fines and even incarceration.”

    According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:

    • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
    • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
    • to commit literary theft
    • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

    In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

    All of the following are considered plagiarism:

    • turning in someone else's work as your own
    • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
    • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
    • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
    • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
    • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (subject to "fair use" rules).

    So, where are we going with all this? Hopefully by now you’ve realized that there is a fine line between what is copyright protected and what falls under plagiarism. Remember, copyright is intended to protect the original expression of an idea in the form of a creative work, but not the idea itself. Nor does it cover names, titles, short phrases or listings.

    So, what if someone only steals parts of your work, some unique words, phrases or ideas? While copyright clearly doesn’t cover these, plagiarism very well may. And plagiarism is suable as an act of fraud.

    Before we wrap things up, we need to cover registering your copyright.

    Copyright Registration

    Registration establishes a claim to copyright with the Copyright Office. An application for copyright registration can be filed by the author or owner of an exclusive right in a work, the owner of all exclusive rights, or an agent on behalf of an author or owner. An application contains three essential elements: a completed application form, a nonrefundable filing fee, and a nonreturnable deposit— that is, a copy or copies of the work being registered and “deposited” with the Copyright Office.

    A certificate of registration creates a public record of key facts relating to the authorship and ownership of the claimed work, including the title of the work, the author of the work, the name and address of the claimant or copyright owner, the year of creation, and information about whether the work is published, has been previously registered, or includes preexisting material.

    You can submit an application online through or on a paper application. In addition to establishing a public record of a copyright claim, registration offers several other statutory advantages:

    • before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration (or refusal) is necessary for U.S. works.
    • registration establishes prima facie evidence of the validity of the copyright and facts stated in the certificate when registration is made before or within five years of publication.
    • when registration is made prior to infringement or within three months after publication of a work, a copyright owner is eligible for statutory damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs.
    • registration permits a copyright owner to establish a record with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)4 for protection against the importation of infringing copies.

    Registration can be made at any time within the life of the copyright. If you register before publication, you do not have to re-register when the work is published, although you can register the published edition, if desired.


    As soon as you finish your work in a fixed form, it is automatically copyrighted.

    That’s great! Maybe. But, what should you do and why?

    To start with, if someone steals your work it’s up to you, the copyright holder, to sue them. Even if you registered your copyright with the Library of Congress, they are not going to help you sue. However, if you don’t register your copyright, you can only sue for a cease and desist order and will not be eligible for statutory damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs.

    So, what should you do? That depends on how worried you are about having your work stolen.

    Our recommendation is:

    Place a copyright notice in your work consisting of: Copyright © (year) by (your name).

    Why? This way, no one can claim they didn’t know your work was copyrighted. (Believe us, it happens! There is no intelligence test required for book thieves but they are good at playing dumb)

    Don’t forget to add a notice for other copyrighted items used in your book. For example, the lyrics to my wedding song in book two of my trilogy holds a separate copyright, which is also listed on my copyright page.

    If you really think you’ve got a best seller that someone might want to steal, register your copyright. Remember, you can always register your copyright at a later date; like after your second million copies sell. Seriously, registering your copyright is less than $50 so if you’re really concerned and want peace of mind, register it. (The $50 doesn’t count fixed copy and mail costs.)

    When should you register your copyright? When you’re finished making major changes, typically when it’s done being edited. Minor changes such as corrections and small story enhancements will not negate your copyright, as long as they don’t substantially change your work. Also remember, for major changes you can always update your copyright, such as after your work is published or for a new edition.

    Some Final Comments

    The chances of having your work stolen are slim. Even slimmer are the chances of you finding out about it. However, if the old adage “better safe than sorry” ever applied, this is it. So, do whatever makes you feel like your work is protected.

    We often hear concerns about editors stealing an author’s work. If your concerned, copyright and register your draft before you send it off for edit. Remember you can always update your copyright. If you’re still worried, ask your editor to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

    Happy writing and copyrighting everyone!


    Have we missed anything? Let us know.

    Bob Boze and Robyn Bennett

  • 1 Jul 2022 5:40 PM | Leon Lazarus (Administrator)

    The San Diego Writers Festival is sponsoring a free writing workshop titled HOW TO WRITE A WINNING MEMOIR SHOWCASE PIECE. This is presented as part of the 2022 Memoir Showcase. If you are interested in joining, follow the link below to sign up.

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