Author Smarts: Creating Your Copyright Page
Not a week goes by when I don’t get an email from an author asking: What should I have on my copyright page?
It’s an essential question, and the answer is your publishing essentials including copyright year, who owns the copyright, publisher, contact information for it, how to order books, ISBNs, Library of Congress number, categories, a possible disclaimer if appropriate, contributors to the design of your book, and the country in which it was printed.
Where does it go? Another excellent question. In the “front matter” of your book and usually on the backside of your Title page—before the Content page if you have one, an Author’s Note or Foreword.
Below, I’ve included what is on the copyright page for my book, How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos, initially published in 2016.
Mile High Press, Ltd.
© 2016 Judith Briles
All rights reserved.
No part of this book may be reproduced in any written, electronic,
recording, or photocopying form without written permission of the publisher.
The exception would be in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher.
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.
Books may be purchased in quantity by contacting the publisher directly:
Mile High Press, Ltd., PO Box 460880
Aurora, CO, 80046 or by calling 303-885-4460 or email MileHighPress@aol.com
Editing: Peggie Ireland, TheBookShepherd.com
Cover and Interior Design: Nick Zelinger, NZGraphics.com
Illustrations: Don Sidle, www.DonSidle.com
978-1-885331- 60-1 paper
1. Publishing & Writing
First Edition Printed in the United States
One more important note to add. Pay attention to the time of year you are officially going to have you book available. Any time my clients hit late August, and September, I have them put the next year as the stated copyright year on this page. Why would I do that? Another excellent question. You are at the end of the year. In just a few months, it’s a new year and your book now appears OLD … last year’s model. Keep it appearing “fresh and new” as long as you can stretch it. And, if you new an updated version of a previously published book, don’t forget to update this page as well, adding the new year to your copyright page
Dr. Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and works directly with authors who want to be seriously successful and has been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the ’80s. Judith is the author of 37 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers, and How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech. Her personal memoir When God Says NO-Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present is a #1 bestseller on Amazon. Collectively, her books have earned over 45 book awards. Judith speaks throughout the year at publishing conferences.
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