Monday, September 23, 2013

Copyright Page Format

The Copyright Page, which follows the title page of your manuscript, is a flexible document with respect to format, but several elements must be included. The most confusing two are the ISBN and LOCN. Detailed instructions for sending for them are included below:
  • Copyright 
    • The copyright symbol, 
    • Followed by the copyright year
    • Followed by who (the author) or what (the publisher) is responsible for (owner of) the copyright
    • Followed by the phrase, “All Rights Reserved”
      Example: © 2013 Makenzi All Rights Reserved.  
  • The Title
  • Warning against Copying without Permission
  • A Disclaimer mentioning the author(s)’ name and/or publisher’s name (if different)
  • Cover Design by:  (optional)
  • Interior Design by:  (optional)
  • Editor:  (optional)
  • Book Consultant:  (optional)
  • Publisher (if not already stated on the © page) 
  • The ISBN (The International Standard Book Number) 
  • The LCCN (The Library of Congress Control Number)
  • The Edition (first, second, etc.) and where it was printed (USA, Canada, Mexico etc..)
Copyright: You’ll want the copyright year to be the year following the actual year of publication if publication takes place in May or June of that year or later. By the time your marketing has been put in place and operational, and books are finally in the hands of buyers, the actual year of publication may be over.
Example: Your book is finished, printed and available September, 2012, it should have a copyright date of 2013.
You’ll want to make a clear statement indicating that no one can copy your “stuff” in any of the many possible ways these days, without your permission; and that you are not responsible for errors or omissions, nor are you liable for damages resulting for use of information contained therein.

Warning against Copying without Permission: “No part of this book may be reproduced in any written, electronic, recording, or photocopying without written permission of the publisher or author. The exception would be in the case of brief quotations embodied in the critical articles and reviews and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher (name) or author(s) (name).”

The Disclaimer: “Although every precaution has been taken to verify the accuracy of the information contained herein, the author and publisher assume no responsibility for any errors or omissions. No liability is assumed for damages that may result from the use of information contained within.”
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