What Your Copyright Page Needs to Have
One of the things that you will have to create for your front matter is the copyright page. Most people skip right over the copyright page when they read a book, but that doesn’t mean that you do not need to include it. In fact, if you fail to include it, people will notice – even subconsciously. Every legitimate published book has a copyright page. But even if that weren’t the case, there is still important information that you need to impart and the copyright page is the best place to do it. Let’s take a look at some of the things that your copyright page needs to have.
You should list the publication date of your novel or book including the date that it was published in print and the date that was published as a digital edition. If you have multiple printings or additions, you should list the dates of them as well.
Copyright Holder Information
Make sure that you are listing the copyright holder information. This is important because you want to make sure the people know that the book has a copyright holder that needs to be contacted before it can be duplicated in any form. That is usually the author, but in some cases it may be the publisher.
In addition, make sure that you list the rights information. In most cases it will be all rights reserved. That means that whoever the copyright holder happens to be is withholding all of the rights, which may include movie rights, paperback rights and more.
If you want people to be able to contact you in the event that they want to make a movie of your novel or for some other business purpose, then you should definitely include contact information on your copyright page. Often, if the book has a publisher, then the physical address may be listed, but it could just be an email address.
If your book is fictional, then you definitely want to include a fiction disclaimer. It goes something like this: this book is a work of fiction. None of the characters are based upon real people. The places are fictional or are used fictionally. Any similarities are coincidental.
Credit to Contributors
Giving credit to other contributors is always a good idea. For example, if someone designed your cover, then you may want to give them credit on your copyright page. If you designed the cover yourself, but you used a stock photo that someone else took, you may want to give them credit on your page as well.
Print books often have other information like a series of numbers that are changed as the book goes through various printings. However, this is not really necessary in a self-published book even if it has a print edition. To get more great advice on publishing and book creation, visit Reedsy.com where there are lots of articles on every aspects of publishing.