2. Copyright Ownership

You are the author and rightful owner of your own copyright (please tell me that the first task you completed once you finished your manuscript was to send it to the copyright office for registration.2

If you did not, please stop reading this article immediately and proceed directly to copyright.gov).

Any contract you sign should state that you will retain all copyright ownership of your manuscript.

Look specifically for language on copyright ownership within the four corners of the document.

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