With Renee Bless: Once you have written your work you should register your work for copyright. Merriam Webster’s dictionary states that a copyright, is the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell or distribute the matter and form of something. The purpose of registering your work for copyright is to have a public record stating that a body of work belongs to you. You can begin this process by going to copyright.gov.
Once you register your work for copyright you should decide how you would like to publish your work. Would you like to use a traditional publisher or would you independently publish work? Choosing a traditional publisher begins with seeking a literary agent. A literary agent is someone who acts on behalf of an author when dealing with publishers. He or she will negotiate between you and the publisher to get the best deal possible. When using a traditional publishing company you are selling the rights to your work. The publishing company will have the final say on every aspect of your work, from content, to cover design, even the number of books that are printed. Sometimes the books rights never go back to the author.
As defined by Merriam Webster’s dictionary self-publishing is to publish a book using the author’s own resources. When self-publishing you will maintain all rights to your work but will pay for cover design, marketing and distribution. When self-publishing you will receive the profits obtained from the sale of your work. There are many benefits to both types of publishing. You as the author will have to decide what fits your wants and needs. These are the first steps to becoming a published author.
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