How to Write a Copyright Page for a Book

Written by william hall
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To write a copyright page, there are key items that must be placed on that page such as author and publishing information. Once you have all the pertinent names and places, you're ready to write.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer with word processing software

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Instructions

    Single Books

  1. 1

    Open a new blank document on your computer's word processing software.

  2. 2

    Place the cursor about 1/4 of the way down the document. Stay in left alignment.

  3. 3

    Type in what edition the book is, then type in the month and year of publication. Ex: Revised edition, March 2009.

  4. 4

    Double-space, then type the word "Copyright." Then type in the initial copyright info: the copyright symbol (lower-case c enclosed between two parentheses), the year of the copyright and who owns the copyright. Ex: Copyright (c) 2009 by Joe Smith.

  5. 5

    Single-space, then list any cover design or photo credits.

  6. 6

    Double-space, then type "All rights reserved."

  7. 7

    Double-space, then type in your Permissions to Reproduce paragraph. This should start with "No part of this book may be used unless...", and then go on to say who can use the book's material and for what reasons. At the end of that paragraph, type in a new sentence that says where all inquiries can go. This is generally the book's publisher, so just type in the publisher's name followed by its address.

  8. 8

    Double-space, then type "Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data" (if applicable). Double-space, then type in your Library of Congress information in bibliography format. This should include all of the book's core details like the author's name, the book's title, the edition, the subject, the genre, the page count and the ISBN.

  9. 9

    Double-space, type "Printed in," then the name of the country the book was printed in.

  10. 10

    Double-space, then type in the ISBN.

    Anthology of Reprinted Works

  1. 1

    Open a new blank document on your computer's word processing software.

  2. 2

    Stay at the top of the page and stay in the left alignment.

  3. 3

    Type the word "Copyright." Then type in the initial copyright info: the copyright symbol (lower-case c enclosed between two parentheses), the year of the copyright and who owns the copyright. Ex: Copyright (c) 2009 by Joe Smith.

  4. 4

    Double-space, then type the copyright information for the first story in the anthology. This should include the story's title, the copyright owner, where it was originally published and the reprint information. Ex: "My Story" copyright (c) 1998 by Joe Smith. First published in "My Magazine." Reprinted by permission of the author.

  5. 5

    Repeat Step 4 for every story. If you have too many stories to put on one page, you will have to create an "Acknowledgements" section of the anthology and place it in the back of the book. Refer the reader to that section on the copyright page. The format for listing the stories does not change.

  6. 6

    Double-space after the last entry, then type "All rights reserved."

  7. 7

    Double-space, then type in what edition the anthology is and the year it was published.

  8. 8

    Double-space, then type "Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data" (if applicable). Double space, then type in your Library of Congress information in bibliography format. This should include all of the book's core details like the editor's name, the book's title, the edition, the subject, the genre, the page count and the ISBN. If there is no room on the page for the entire listing, just type "Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available.", followed by the ISBN.

  9. 9

    Double-space, then type the publisher's name, mailing address and e-mail address.

  10. 10

    Double-space, then type the ISBN.

  11. 11

    Double-space, then type "Printed In" and the name of the country.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep in mind that there are various ways to write a copyright page. As long as you have all of your specific publishing information (years, locations, names) you can really put them in any order you wish.
  • If you are getting your book out through a publisher, its house style will dictate how the page is written.
  • The copyright page should not have a page number.
  • If your anthology is made up entirely of original material, then you'll use the "Single Book" method (Section 1) of writing your copyright page.

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