The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of my new book,
"How To Get Published As A Manga Artist.
" ABOUT COPYRIGHTS
So many novices are so afraid of getting their work stolen by an agent or a publisher that they affix a huge copyright warning on the cover of their proposal. Yet they think nothing of participating in online writers’ chat rooms and batting ideas back and forth for feedback.
This is a terrible, terrible idea. Never, ever describe your concept online, in written words or illustrations, before it is copyrighted. I would also strongly advise against it even after it’s copyrighted.
Suppose, however, you fearlessly go forth and share your proprietary concepts anyway, because you feel that the feedback is that valuable. And let’s say that someone reads your post about your work-in-progress and likes it. In fact, this person likes it so much that he takes the idea and changes it just enough to make it difficult to prove that he stole it. Maybe he beats you to the punch and comes out with his idea first. You publish your idea second. And now it appears that you stole his idea!
People will try to get away with whatever you allow them to. Don’t give anyone the opportunity. Share your ideas with a tight-lipped friend. Some people feel safe sharing their ideas at writers’ “critique” groups that meet monthly, in person. You may trust these writers, because you feel you know them. Would you, therefore, share your PIN number with them? If not, then why in the world would you share your ideas with them? Aren’t those worth something to you in the time and toil you’ve put into them?
Certainly, it can be a scary thing, sending off your graphic novel—your “baby”—to agents and publishers. Naturally, you’ll want to copyright your work. Most first-timers affix a copyright symbol to the front of their work, often with some kind of official-sounding copyright notice or warning. This immediately prompts two thoughts in agents’ and publishers’ minds: (1) This guy’s a total amateur, and (2) This guy is paranoid that someone’s going to steal his stuff. He may sue. Better to send a “form reject” rather than to get involved with this type.This chapter continues, and shows you exactly how to get a copyright. "How to Get Published As A Manga Artist" contains so much valuable information for the aspiring manga artist, that I have every confidence you'll find it an essential part of your art library. Pick up your copy today, only on Amazon, at this link:
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From Christopher Hart's book, "How to Get Published As A Manga Artist" Copyright 2014
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