Sample Copyright pages

Sample Copyright pagesOne of the most common questions that authors ask is, “What should a Copyright page look like?” The answer is. “They vary.” Some publishers have a variety of data on them; others simplify them. What you want them to contain is basic info, disclaimers, how to contact publisher (that could be you), copyright year, who owns it, ISBN, LCCN—or a statement that it is in the Library of Congress database), publishing categories that your book falls in and country it is printed in. You may want to include the publishing company logo on the page. Sometimes, the creative team is identified: book designer, editor, etc.

You may also insert: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Some books carry the sequence, some don’t. It refers to printings. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 means that the “1” is the first printing; if 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 was on the Copyright page, it would mean that the book was in the second printing and if there was 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3, the third. Etc.

You always want to state that “All Rights Reserved.”

Review the article on Copyright Pages. Here’s two examples of suggested format:

Example #1

The Creating Formula by Barbara Joy

© 2010 by Barbara Joye. All rights reserved.

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 or reviews and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher or author.

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.

Mile High Press
Books may be purchased by contacting the publisher and author at:

Cover Design: NZ Graphics, Inc.
Interior Design: WESType Publishing Services, Inc.
Publisher: Be Unlimited Press, a division of Be Unlimited, LLC
Editor: John Maling (Editing By John)
Creative Consultant: Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd
Library of Congress Catalog Number: 20109043442010904344
ISBN: 978-0-971736-70-2
1. Spirituality 2. Self Help 3. New Age 4. Metaphysical
First Edition
Printed in Canada

Example #2

Have You Ever Held a Mountain? by John Maling

© 2009 by John Maling. All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be reproduced in any written, electronic, recording, or photocopying form without written permission of the author, John Maling, photographer Grant Collier, or the publisher, Mile High Press, Ltd.

Books may be purchased in quantity and/or special sales by contacting the publisher, Mile High Press, at PO Box 460880, Aurora CO 80046; 303-885-4460, by faxing 303-627-9184 or by email at

Published by: Mile High Press, Ltd, Aurora, Colorado
Interior Design by: Ronnie Moore, WESType of Boulder, Colorado
Cover Design by: Nick Zelinger, NZ Graphics
Editing by: John Maling, Editing by John
Creative Consultant: Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd
Maling, John, 1931 – Have You Ever Held a Mountain?
Library of Congress Control Number: 2008911644
ISBN: 978-1-885331-32-8
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
1. Poetry 2. Mountain photography
First Edition
Printed in China

Judith BrilesJudith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd(, an author and book publishing expert and the Founder of Author U (, a membership organization created for the author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 30 books including Show Me About Book Publishing, co-written with John Kremer and Rick Frishman and a speaker at publishing conferences. Her latest, Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms is just being released. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Your Guide to Book publishing on the Follow @AuthorU and @MyBookShepherd on Twitter and do a “Like” at AuthorU and TheBookShepherd on Facebook. If you want to create a book that has no regrets, contact her at