Revisit Your Copyright Page


Did you know that what you include, and don’t include, on your copyright page is revealing to book buyers? For libraries, the lack of specific data can be a book purchase deal breaker!

Your ISBNs, LCCN and CIP data are all posted on your copyright page.

Copyright year: usually the current year you publish in—BUT, if yours is between September and December, use the next year’s. Why? It gives your book a longer “new” life.

Disclaimers: some books need a disclaimer of some sort—typically, it’s found on the copyright page.

Publisher info: make sure you include publisher name and contact information. Make sure you include an “action” phrase that would alert your book owner that books are available to discount in a “bulk” purchase and who or where to contact to inquiry about costs.

Categories: include them at the bottom of the page to identify where your book would be positioned in a bookstore.





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2 Comments on Revisit Your Copyright Page

  1. Smart advice about the copyright year, especially since it’s common for a publish date to get pushed back.

    • Judith Briles says:

      Thanks Kristen … so many make the mistake of shortening their book’s “newness” in the latter part of the year.

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