Author Tips for Creating Your Book’s Copyright Page
Does your book have a Copyright page? It’s a must have and is always placed in the “front matter” of your book.
And, 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 Content page if you have one, an Author’s Note or Foreword. All before your fiction or nonfiction content begins.
Below, I’ve included what is on the copyright page for my book, The Author’s Walk, originally published in 2023.
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Mile High Press, Ltd.
The Author’s Walk
Finding and Using Your Voice to Create Publishing Success
Copyright © 2023 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 or by calling 303-885-4460.
Mile High Press, Ltd.
8122 South Quatar Circle
Aurora, Colorado 80016
Editing: Peggie Ireland, Barb Wilson EditParner.com
Cover and Interior Design: Rebecca Finkel, F+P Design FPGD.com
ISBN Trade Paper: 978-1-885331-00-7
ISBN eBook: 978-1-885331-01-4
ISBN audio book: 978-1-885331-02-1
Writing-Publishing | Aspiring Authors | Reference
First Edition Printed in the United States
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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.
Author Smart Tip: And, if you create 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. Often, she must roll up her writing sleeves and become a Book Doctor, juicing up storylines and author words. 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 45 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, Snappy Sassy Salty: Success for Authors and Writers, and How to Create a Million Dollar Speech. Her personal memoir When God Says NO-Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present is a #1 bestseller on Amazon and her historical fiction debut The Secret Journey. Collectively, her books have earned over 50 book awards. Judith speaks throughout the year at publishing conferences.
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