- Last Updated: 1:47 AM, July 15, 2012
- Posted: 11:07 PM, July 14, 2012
DEAR JOHN...THE ANSWER MAN
Dear John: I’m a 79-year-old grandpa. I trust you and need your help.
I wrote a children’s book and hope to have it published. Please advise me on how to submit it to a publisher while also protecting my rights to the book.
As you know well, you don’t know who to trust today. G.E.
Dear G.E. The first thing you should do is to go online to the US Copyright Office site and register the book. Or, if you’d prefer to write, the address is:
US Copyright Office
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20559-6000
Or you could call (202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll free).
The website will explain how to register your book.
You can also protect your work — your intellectual property, as they call it today — by going to the website Writers Guild East and registering it there.
Writers Guild is faster, cheaper and easier; the US Copyright Office offers better protection. Be prepared to download your work when registering at both of these places.
There is also a website for The Society of Children’s Book Writers, according to Antonia Markiet, senior executive editor at publisher Harper Collins (owned by News Corp., which also owns The Post).
This website will give you information about getting an agent and where you can submit manuscripts without an agent.
But I have to warn you: Getting an agent is tough in the competitive kiddie-book market. And getting a publishing house to read your book without an agent is very difficult.
Publishers are on the other side of the intellectual property dilemma — they don’t want to be accused of stealing someone’s idea. And it’s not unusual for unsolicited manuscripts to look similar to ones that publishers are already working on.
If you do go looking for an agent, be careful. Reputable ones don’t get paid unless the book is sold.
You could also publish the book yourself. That means a bill for the printing, editing and graphics. It won’t come cheap. You’ll also have expenses if you try to publish the book online and sell it there.
Since you mentioned you were a grandfather, I suspect your motivation here isn’t fame or fortune. Instead, you’d like to leave something for the grandkids to remember you. If that’s the case, then you are probably willing to have a limited number of your books printed at your own expense. This will be a great memory for the grandchildren.
Dear John: You recently wrote that the Federal Reserve’s Operation Twist and its Quantitative Easing money-printing haven’t achieved much of anything.
I beg to differ. Do you have any idea what a budget-buster a rise in rates would be? And that would be for innumerable countries, especially ours. S.R.
Dear S.R. OK, good point.
But I said that the Fed’s efforts hadn’t achieved anything in the way of helping the economy. We now have growth under 2 percent a year despite the rate-cutting, money-printing efforts of the Fed. Unemployment is still high, and job growth has been very weak.
Are you suggesting some sort of covert mission by the Fed to keep the governments of the world solvent? Yet they are broke anyway.
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