Do I keep ALL RIGHTS to my book?

/Do I keep ALL RIGHTS to my book?

Do I keep ALL RIGHTS to my book?

At Infinity Publishing, you own your copyright and all the rights to your book. If your book has movie potential, wouldn’t you want the right to make that deal? Many book publishing companies keep certain rights and can exercise these rights without your input or approval. Infinity Publishing is a non-exclusive book publishing company and you can publish your book in other forms and formats with other book publishers. You can stop the selling of your book by us at any time and for any reason – instantly and free of hassle! Many book publishing companies require a 90-day notice and then hold certain rights for up to a year.

You should always view your book as having the potential to be traditionally published. With this in mind, never sign an agreement with a book publisher that holds any rights of any kind to your book or, upon cancellation, retains rights for any period of time.

When you self-publish your book with Infinity Publishing, you are only providing us with the right to print and distribute your book worldwide for as long as you want us to. You can cancel at any time. This is important if you think that a literary agent might be interested in your book.

When you receive your first proof book, you will send one book and a check to the Library of Congress along with the completed copyright form. You can print the copyright forms right form your computer. In about nine months, the form will be returned to you with a registration stamp on it.  You may use the copyright symbol with your work even before it is officially registered. Your work is protected as soon as you put it down in fixed form (including typing it on your computer), but must be registered if you need to prove later that someone stole your work and you are seeking damages.

Glossary of Book Publishing Terms:

Rights: You want to be absolutely certain that you retain all rights to your book.  All rights literally means all of the rights—including, but not limited to: foreign, film, audio, hardcover/paperback books, and electronic.  Be certain you are only granting revocable permission for the print on demand publisher to produce and distribute your book in a timely fashion as orders are received under a nonexclusive book publishing agreement.  If the print on demand publisher you are considering requires you to assign any rights to the book publisher for a specific period of time, be sure to ask what they are going to do in exchange for this time constraint and how such an assignment will benefit you.

Copyright: It is in your best interest for you to personally fill out and sign the forms, pay the filing fee and file for your copyright protection with the Library of Congress.  By doing it this way you know without a doubt that the copyright is in your name and you receive and retain the certificate of copyright when it is recorded and granted.

Cancellation: Be sure your book publisher offers a hassle-free termination clause in the agreement that allows you to withdraw from the book publishing arrangement upon written notice (an acknowledged email should be acceptable) to have your book removed from the print on demand publishing system and their online bookstore.  The book publisher will also have to notify and any other online bookstores where they’ve listed your book, about the cancellation.  You’ll need to notify any other websites where you’ve listed your book or where you’ve exchanged links to promote your book.  Some POD companies require you to assign your book to them for several years.  You need to evaluate how this type of prolonged commitment will benefit or hamper your interests if a traditional book publishing house makes you an offer.  Remember, it is often most advantageous to keep your options open.

Nonexclusive: This means that in addition to your print on demand publisher you’re able to publish your book by other methods of publication—including another POD publisher.  However, having two self-published books that are the same with the exception of the ISBN—which identifies the book publisher—could create confusion when booksellers try to order your book.  The nonexclusive provision is another way to keep your book publishing options open.  Another example of how this nonexclusive aspect can be beneficial is with foreign rights. Because your book is available for sale in Europe through a POD publisher based in England (for example), there’s no need to ship books overseas. All the print on demand publisher in the United Kingdom needs is your permission—which your are able to grant because of your print on demand publisher’s nonexclusive agreement—and a book file ready to be converted into their system.