The United States Copyright Office has an electronic copyright submission process--cost, $35--and I believe I've completed that process with my poetry book Bare Ruined Choirs.
Why the hesitation?
The process takes three steps:
- submit the work
At one point, the gov.pay link would not take my money. Now, what's that all about--when the U.S. government refuses to take your money?! Later the site posted a message that there was a problem that might have affected "a few" customers. Right....
I received no friendly verifications during the process, but I have received emails stating that the copyright office has received my registration claim application, my application fee, and my book file...so I think I'm OK. They have my request, my money, and my book. That should do it.
Next, I want to get a Library of Congress cataloging number, and then I'm fairly close to completing the process. I'm learning a lot and am excited as much about the possibilities of applying my new knowledge to my teaching as to the publication of this book.
I'll let you know when Bare Ruined Choirs is published, and I hope you read it.
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