If you’re self-publishing a book, you’ll need to include a copyright page in the front of your book.
All you need to include on your copyright page is just a few words that look like this:
Copyright © 2019 by Your Name
All Rights Reserved.
However, most publishers and self-publishers include more information on their copyright pages for a variety of legal and business reasons. That’s why using a copyright page template can help you make this process a whole lot quicker and easier.
Copyright Page Templates
Below you’ll find a sample copyright page template you can use for your own book. You can download the Copyright Page Template here.
Copyright © 2020 by Your Name
All Rights Reserved.
No part of this book may be used or reproduced by any means, graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, taping, or by any information storage retrieval system without the written permission of the publisher except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.
Publisher Address Line 1
Publisher Address Line 2
Publisher Website (like www.tckpublishing.com)
Update Your Copyright Page
Make sure to update the copyright page with your information.
Change the copyright year to the first year you registered the copyright for that book. If you haven’t registered your copyright, that’s okay—simply put in the year the book was or will be first published and released for sale.
If your book is not being printed in the US, update that section. You can also remove that part about where the book was printed altogether if you want.
Next, add your correct ISBN number to your copyright page. Read our guide on how to get an ISBN if you don’t have one yet.
Next, add the name of your publishing company and the publisher’s address. If you’re self-publishing and not setting up a publishing company for yourself, you should at least create a DBA (“doing business as”) as a sole proprietorship (if you’re in the US). A DBA is simply a name for your company, and a sole proprietorship is simply a company that doesn’t provide you with legal protection like a C Corporation or LLC. You can talk to an accountant and an attorney about which business structure is best for you, but in the meantime you should know that most self-published authors simply use a DBA and a sole proprietorship. In other words, just make up a name for your publishing company.
You don’t have to include your address on the copyright page if you don’t want to. In fact, if you live and work from home, I would recommend NOT including your address on the copyright page so that strangers don’t come to visit you at home because they liked (or hated) your book.
Finally, you should add the website address for your publishing company, your author website, or both.
Learn More About Copyrights
Check out our interview with a copyright attorney to learn more about what copyrights are, how they work, and how you should protect your legal rights as an author.
Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of the Publishing Profits Podcast show where we interview successful authors and publishing industry experts to share their tips for creating a successful writing career.