More on the importance of Copyrighting your work

We established the importance of Copyrighting your work and some simple steps to achieve it, on my post, here.

While these are all simple, yet effective methods in ensuring your work is protected, there are still some important detail to cover to ensure that your work remains protected and potential bootleggers are deterred.

Point 2 on Important Tips on Copyrighting your work, described printing a small copyright notice on the body or at the end of your article.  These are known as Copyright Notices.

So, where should I place or print my copyright notice?

1. If you’ve written a book or manuscript, your copyright notice must be printed at the start of your book, inside the front cover, on the first page, or on a page before any other content appears.

2. If you’ve written an article, essay, blog or a poem (single page documents), your copyright notice should appear at the foot of the page or document.

Readers should be fully aware that your work is protected as quickly as they begin to read it.



Get noticed & get published

Every new writer dreams of getting noticed and getting published. It doesn’t matter what kind of writer you are, you will one day, want to be exposed and greeted by the literary world. It’s natural and it’s great if you are thinking this way, because you have already taken a small step in your mind to achieving this goal.

To become a successful writer and to get your work noticed in the early stages is the hardest part. A fear of rejection and lonely days and nights in front of the laptop as you batter away endlessly at the keys is common for most writers. However, if you are serious about becoming a successful writer, then these things should pass you by like water off a ducks back and nothing should stop you from getting your work noticed.

As an aspiring writer in the early stages, its important to become a member of as many online writing groups as possible. This way you will get to know what is currently expected of writers and you will get to know fellow writers. Most importantly, you will be able to publish your work for all to see. There are many sites like WordPress that are an amazing start for would be novelists or bloggers.  Read more, here.

Enter as many competitions as possible. This is especially true for fiction writers. There are short story contests running constantly which offer prizes of as much as £1000 for the winner. Imagine the boost that winning a £1000 prize would give to a writing career. Potential book publishers or editors would be most impressed by this.

Even if you’re not a fiction writer, there are thousands of magazines out there that need new material to survive. Writers supply them with that material. Search for magazines that specialise in the subject that you write in. Subscribe to it or read several copies to see exactly what kind of articles they are looking for. Write your article and submit it, after reading the submission guidelines.

Never ever give up after receiving a rejection letter. This is the most common part in the world of writers. There are more rejections than submissions. Recover from a rejection by starting your new article. With determination, you will be where you want to be quicker than you think.

13 Top Tips to becoming a successful Writer

Becoming a successful writer is not without hard work, perseverance and the inevitable rejections. However, your determination and practice will dictate how much or how little success you receive from your efforts. Below are 13 top tips for beginners to help you get started.

1. First of all, sign up to WordPress to ensure that you begin exposing yourself and your work to your audience.

2. Read, read and read. When you’ve finished reading, relax with a book. It is truly amazing how many aspiring writers forget to read. Your reading should not be limited to what you would normally read. Read widely and keep an open mind. If you normally read thrillers, then read a romance and science fiction novel. Read woman’s magazines when your at the dentist or the back of a cereal box when your at the supermarket.

3. Write everyday, even if its just a few sentences. It doesn’t matter what you actually put on paper, it will keep your mind fresh and focused on writing, rather than just building it all up for a power session at the weekend.

4. Always carry a notebook. You never know when that idea for that blockbuster novel will pop into your head. Carry it every where and keep it by your bed a night.

5. Be a sponge. Observe what is around you and take everything in. If you are a serious writer, you should always be thinking about how to describe what you see in words.

6. Keep a scrapbook and paste cuttings from newspapers into it. The cuttings should be stories of interest that you may use for possible future writing.

7. Experiences, yours and others, large and small, should be seen and examined as potential writing material.

8. Keep a writing schedule. Set realistic targets and goals and stick to them.

9. Copyright everything that you create. This ensures that nobody can steal and claim any of your work as their own.

10. Treat your writing as a business. Keep records of everything that you submit and the returns that they generate. It is essential that if you are sending manuscripts to publishers that you keep an accurate postage record.

11. Don’t give up. The quickest way that you can recover from a publishers or editors rejection is to keep on writing.

12. Finally, don’t forget the most important part, that most of us forget: Put pen to paper and start writing.

These are just the basics, but it should be enough to help you understand and to get started.