I love working with writers. There is something about working with a writer that is so therapeutic. I’ve had so many experiences with them that I can’t remember all of them. But the ones that are closest to my heart are the ones I’ve worked with the most.
I started working with my first author in 2000. I would write them a first draft of whatever it was I was working on before I met them in person. I would work with them through the entire process, from the first draft to the final. The only thing I hated about this is that the writers would get bored and walk away from me. But I did feel that this is what authors must do to get to know each other, and I think that’s a positive development.
Writers are also human. Sometimes we get bored and leave. I think that’s what happens when we have too many options, too many ways to get our story out. In the end, we all want to get it out, but we all want to be able to get it in one format, and only one format.
We can copyright a piece of fiction before it goes into print. It has to be creative enough to make it stand outside of its original format, and not just be a rehash of the same story in a different format. So you can copyright a “short story” with one sentence, or a “novel” that has some set of basic elements that don’t change from one novel to another.
But before you can make a piece of fiction you need to find someone who can license it to you. That can be difficult if you’re creating a brand new book but easier if you’re writing a book that’s already been published. The copyright law is the same for all forms of media, so you can copyright almost anything you want.
When you create a work of fiction, you can choose to have the creator assign the copyright to you (or even allow someone else to do so), or you can simply give it to the public. If you want to give someone the rights to your work, you can use the “author’s” name in the copyright notice, use a pseudonym, or use your own name.
In general, the book you create does not have to be published in order to be copyrighted, but it does have to be published in most cases. It is often easier for authors to get something published without having to worry about copyright. For example, a book about a book can be published without having to pay a fee, though you will have to pay for the copyright if you want to use your own name.
Copyright only protects your work from being copied for commercial use without authorization. So if you’re creating a book to publish, then you are not required to use a copyright unless your work is published in book form. This does not mean you cannot publish with or without a copyright, however.
Copyright law is a tricky thing because it is so vague and can be interpreted in so many different ways. A good copyright lawyer can help you sort through these issues. One of the best resources is the U.S. Copyright Office, which has a website that you can find by clicking its trademark logo. The site has a lot of helpful information about copyright law.
To copyright a screenplay you must have a print ISBN in order to distribute your book. Most of the movies that I can find published without this information are also published with an ISBN.