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Copyright Page Guide for Self-publishers


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Markus Winkler - Unsplash

There are more details that go into getting your book published as a self-publishing author. One is that pesky copyright page, where authors can become stumped by what to even write. Fortunately, there are already experts on the case, which weren't hard to find.


Dave Chesson is a "book marketing nut" as he proclaims, and has also done the leg work to back it up. Since Publisher's Brew is a collaborative platform to assist self-publishing authors to take their work to the next level, we highly recommend checking out Chesson's "Kindlepreneur" website to learn more. But for now, this article will focus on his research and recommendations for writing out a copyright page for a physical copy of a book.


Dave Chesson's Template Guide for the Copyright page:

  1. (Book Title: Subtitle) by (Author - this can also be pen name)

  2. Published by (Your Legal Name or Your Company Name).

  3. (Your Company Address)

  4. (Your Author Website)

  5. Copyright © (Year of First Publication) and (Author - this can also be pen name)

  6. All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher, except as permitted by U.S. copyright law. For permissions contact: [Your Contact Email Address and/or Phone Number]

  7. Cover by: (Book Cover Designer Name)

  8. List any other credits you want to give

  9. ISBN: Print ISBN number (print)

  10. Printed in: country of printing

  11. Edition Number (Example "Edition Number 1).

You can check out two more of his templates by going here. But I adjusted my default copyright page for aesthetic reasons, as legally only the copyright notice and the "all rights reserved" statement must be present. However, I also believe it's a great opportunity to display and market yourself a bit more as an author. See my example below for reference.


Book Title: Subtitle (Book 1) by Ricky Hayes

Published by Ricky Hayes - DBA Publisher's Brew


ISBN: 123-1234567890

PAPERBACK

EDITION NO. I


Copyright © (Year) Ricky Hayes


All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced in any form, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise— without permission from the publisher, except as permitted by U.S. copyright law. For permissions request, contact the publisher through the publisher’s website.


CREDITS:

Cover Art By (Book Cover Designer)

Editor: (Name of Editor)


PERMISSION REQUESTS:

Website: publishersbrew.com

Author Page & Portfolio: publishersbrew.com/rhayes


SOCIAL:

Facebook: facebook.com/publishersbrew

Author’s Tik Tok: @(handlename)


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