I have always dreamed of taking the time and write a book pertaining to my childhood.
I have a very good name for this book and want to be able to protect this name now before its taken away.
How do i go about protecting the book title before I have actually published the book?
I’m sorry, but in the U.S. book titles can’t be copyrighted.
I don’t really know the reason for this but I suspect it’s because the title of a book is really its name and names can’t be copyrighted either. There are lots of Annes in the world and lots of Waymans too.
You’ll find a fair number of duplicate book titles and movie titles. If you’re curious search for facing fear in books at Amazon. I think you’ll be surprised.
The truth of book sales is that although the title is important, marketing that book has much more influence on its success.
Of course once a book or a movie becomes a classic like, for example, Ulysses, authors usually don’t want to use that title again although there’s nothing to prevent them from doing so.
Mostly I’d suggest you not worry about it too much. Even if you find someone else is using the title you’ve thought of, the chances are your book will be entirely different.
I should also point out that under certain circumstances a title can be trademarked. That’s expensive, probably requires legal help and unless you’re planning on selling ancillary items probably not worth it.
Go ahead and write your book. You’ll be fine.
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