If you are going to publish your book yourself, then you are going to need a copyright page. There are certain standards that are present on just about every copyright page no matter what kind of book your writing. However, there are some differences as well for certain types of books including fiction and memoirs.
The first thing you want to do is use the word copyright or the copyright symbol next to the year that the book was published. You can do this even if you do not register a copyright because publishing your book establishes your copyright legally.
You also want to have the name of the owner which is either going to be the author or the publishing house. You may want to include ordering information, especially if someone wants to order in bulk.
After that, you’re going to inform the reader of which rights you have reserved. A lot of times it will say all rights reserved which is pretty common when publishing a book. However, in some cases there are some rights to that author or publishing house will not reserve.
You also want copyright notice letting people know that the book is copyrighted and no parts of it may be transmitted or reproduced without specific permission of the author. You can find the standard copyright agreements on any book out there or online.
The next thing that you will include is the book edition that you are publishing and your ISBN number if you have one. You also want to include information about the author and a website where they can go to learn more about you.
Finally, you are going to add a section for credits so you can thank the book cover designer, editor or anyone else that helped bring the book to its final stage. If you’re just starting out with a book, you might want to check out Squibler’s guide on how to write a novel.
Specific Copyright Information
There are some types of books that are going to have specific copyright information that you want to include. For example, if your book is fiction that you want to include a standard fictional disclaimer. You want to let people know that the story that you have created is purely fictional and not based on reality even if it was inspired by true events. You also want to let them know that the characters are totally fictional and any places like towns and cities are either fictional or used fictitiously.
You can also use this area in a nonfiction book to let people know that you have not changed details or which details you have changed and that all of the events that you discuss in the book are true. This is the perfect case for books that can seem fantastic but are actually true.
Finally, there is a specific type of format that you may want to go with if you’re writing a memoir. A memoir has a pretty typical disclaimer that says that it represents the authors memories and not necessarily the events that actually happened. It also mentions that some names have been changed and that dialogue is re-created for the purposes of the book but not necessarily 100 percent accurate.