Protect your Intellectual Property


Topic Brief Explanation Web links
The written word

If you're writing anything - please feel free to adapt the following paragraph to your name to protect your creation:

All poems and images remain the ©copyright of the author, (your name).  All rights reserved.  No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means: electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

Proof Reading Once you have your book ready, it's a good idea to get someone to proof read it. If you don't know anyone that can help you, try using Derek Thompson. I used him to ensure that there were no spelling mistakes in 'Words of a Wolf'.
ISBN If you're interested in publishing a book of some sort, obtaining an ISBN is mandatory if you want to get the title into certain stores or on certain websites. Nielsen is a company that handles the issue of ISBN's in the UK. It may work out cheaper for you to register with them yourself rather than pay another company.
Printing & Distributing your title I opted for Lightning Source because they can supply my books to the UK, USA, and Australia.
eBooks eBooks are a serious consideration, however, I advise caution as to who you go with. Eg Lulu declined to delete my written material from their website when I decided to stop trading with them. It wasn't until I threatened legal action on Intellectual Property that they agreed to remove my work from their servers. My personal feeling is that ALL online sellers of eBooks should be treated with caution. Ensure that YOU are the publisher, where possible, and only use the other company as a retailer and distributor. It gives you more control over protecting your Intellectual Property. Be careful when dealing with companies outside of the UK, particularly the USA, as they have a different system of taxation and you will have to register with them for a tax number to get around your royalties being automatically deducted (currently 30%). I believe that with Kindle, you can specify which countries you want to sell too. Whichever route you decide on, please look at the pros and cons carefully before taking the plunge.
Making 'epub' docs Epub is a type of document that is currently needed for submissions to some eBook sellers, including Kindle. Sigil is a free open source WYSISYG editor that can help you to achieve this. I have had problems re formating with this application but I don't know of another free, easy to use program. Let me know if you find one and I'll link it up.
Guide to self - publishing

If you'd like to know more about writing books or self publication, order a copy of 'SnowMoon Wolf's Guide to Self - Publishing.

You can read it on your PC with a free copy of Kindle for PCs.

It's a basic guide at all aspects of the process aimed at people that have some IT skills and basic awareness of HTML.

It costs either 1£, 1$ or 1Euro plus tax from Amazon.


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