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Should I copyright my work before sending it to agents?

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#1 ddcash80


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 09:33 PM

Just wondering. Do most people copyright? Or get some kind of protection, before sending things out. What's the norm?


Also, what about before sending it out to beta readers? or critique partners? is there really any danger?

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 08:28 AM

No, you already have a copyright once you have created it-- you don't  need to do anything. Agents are not going to steal your work.


I have not heard of any instances of beta readers stealing work, although maybe someone else has. You could decrease the probability of this happening, I think, by doing an exchange, or at least screening a little to see if the person seems sane.

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 11:35 AM

VerKur is right. Copyrighting ahead of time is unnecessary. Writers tend to be passionate about their own work - not someone else's, and certainly not enough to steal it. Also, any ms will go through significant changes before publication, and the copyright will have to be redone, which can result in issues if it's *already* copyrighted.

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