View Full Version : Question about self-publishing and copyright

08-06-2012, 05:37 PM
I finished writing and editing my first novel but am having trouble finding an agent to represent it. I worst comes to worst and I canít snag someone to sell it to a publisher, I will self-publish. However, I have some questions in this regard:

1. If you self-publish thru lulu or a similar venue, do they provide the copyright?
2. If you sell a lot of copies of your book thru self-publishing, can you then go to an agent to pitch your book? Will you have a better at getting an agent if you have a strong track record of sales thru self-publishing?
3. If an agent finds a publisher who is interested in your book, what happens to your copyright? Do you sell it to a publisher? Does already having a copyright hurt you in any way with an agent and/or a publisher?

Thanks in advance.

08-06-2012, 06:04 PM
You have copyright from the moment you start to write.

There is a separate process of registering copyright at the Library of Congress for about 35.00.

There's a copyright FAQ.