Ok. I'm new. I have a dream. And it is so close! AHHHHHH! Forgive me Kindle seniors, but the fact that I can have my book accessed by the public as soon as possible is enthrallingggg. I know I don't spell that well, but who cares! I'm about to be an author mama! Now who wants to be my friend? Anyhow, this is the real issue: should I go out of my way to get my work copyrighted officially, or is that something I don't need to worry about on kindle? Advice, comraderie (I probably spelled that wrong) stories of newbiedome. Somebody entertain me and wax nostalgic. I'm a nice wierdo nugget when you know me... maybe. Shaking my loosed shackels like a free savage I made it! Garrr I made ittttt!
Don't worry about registering your copyright, but for god's sake, do get it well proofed. Don't screw up your dream by being lazy or hasty and putting it out before it is ready. People won't wade through those kinds of problems to find your terrific story.
Sorry, I can't tell if you're kidding or not. But if for some reason you didn't have your book edited and proofread, please get that done before publishing it. Design, formatting, editing, proofreading--all of those are part of the process. You haven't "made it" till you've taken care of those pieces.
Your book is copyrighted when you write it. If you want to pay the $35 registration fee, that will support you if you ever need to bring suit against someone else for copyright infringement. I guess it depends on the (perceived) value of your work. I don't register copyrights for short stories of my own. For another author's full-length novel, yes I will.
Don't mind me. I was superrr excited when I posted that. As far as spelling goes, I was talking about my spelling within the post. I used Microsoft Word for my book, which catches most of my misspellings. I didn't know that there was a spell check feature to this system of posting to a forum. Oh and I don't have a link available because I'm still working on the book. It's small stuff that matters you know.
Word up! Once you've polished and primped and uploaded your book, and everyone here has given very sound advice, do yourself a favor. Bask in the glow for, oh, say ten minutes then start book two. It isn't easy being an author with one book unless it's 1939 and you wrote Gone With the Wind.
I once knew a woman who... Sat and stared at her book online, waiting for riches and fame. It did not come. No one knew her. True story. She died waiting. Very few writers make it on one book. If your book is HOT, it will sell.
Congrats on your first book. Now, put in the link when it's ready so we can all check it out!
It's only $35.00 to register a basic novel. It will take them about three months to send you your registration number. With digital piracy being as prevalent as it is today you'd be smart to do this. I didn't wait for my certificate before publishing, but I did submit the form first. Having it gives you some teeth when it comes to battling copyright infringement. Taking steps to protect yourself and your work is never a bad idea.