So copyrighting is optional, you don’t really have to request an official copyright from the government. It is an extra protection, and is recommended if you have a successful book that could possibly become a movie. Also, emailing, posting it on a website like wattpad automatically dates it for you. I am not discouraging from considering a copyright from the government, it is a legit sure way to make sure your book is safe. I just don’t consider it completely needed unless you have a successful book sale because a copyright is just another expense. I copyrighted one of my books by being in front of a notary who signed and dated it saying it was sealed in this envelope on this day and it was this book. That gives a witness and proof of the book being around way before it was ever online.
Mailing it to yourself is a bit ify if you ever have to go to court with it. Also they’d say the date on a computer could be changed to make it look like a document was saved a certain day. Things like email tend to be time stamped based on factors you can’t really fake, the same thing with wattpad. If you publish on a publisher like amazon it shows the publishing date so you are fairly safe in that aspect in case something comes up discrepancy wise about who did what first. You also have proof from who ever read or edited your book before it was published. if you want to go the completely safe way, get it copyrighted or in the least have a witness like a notary. Whatever helps you feel better at sleeping at night, it is up to you have far you want to go with copyrighting your project.
If you don’t plan to be a prolific writer of several books and only plan to write a handful it maybe easiest to just copyright with the government. although if you plan to have fifty books in your lifetime, you might want to reconsider doing that at a cost of like 80$ a book for copyright it can get your pocket pretty fast especially if you aren’t making decent sales on your books. All the best in your decisions in your writing and art careers.
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