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registering for copyright

Posted: Sat July 17th, 2010, 12:03 pm
by Helen_Davis
at the Library of Congress..

As I've said before, I've written and in the process of writing some alternate history novels told through the eyes of mainly fictional queens and noblewomen in an alternate history beginning on the premise if Cleopatra and Antony had won the Battle of Actium. The only non fictional narrator is Cleopatra VII. Anyway, to get to my question, I do want to go about the traditional route of trying to get it published(queries, agents) but I wanted to know if before that, I could register for copyright at the LOC before I sent my manuscript to friends and family members and editors to look for continuity, plot issues, grammar, etc.-- so that they couldn't steal it(I'm not unbiased when it comes to my own work.) Am I allowed to do this, or will an agent consider it already published if I do this? Any help will be appreciated!

Posted: Sat July 17th, 2010, 4:16 pm
by LoveHistory
Copyright and publishing are totally seperate. So there's no problem registering it first and then getting it published.