RE: What's the definition of a published author

Subject: RE: What's the definition of a published author
From: Michael McCallister <Michae -dot- McCallister -at- msbinfo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 12:42:33 -0600

David Downing asks: "Is that true in the strictly legal sense, though --
i.e., for copyright purposes?"

Oh, don't bring copyright into this. Copyright exists the moment you put pen
to paper or fingers to keyboard. Who publishes that work and how much the
author is paid (or, in the case of subsidy publishing, how much it costs the
author) is irrelevant to copyright. The Copyright Office will indeed accept
registration from a writer using a subsidy publisher (or for that matter, if
the writer wants to copyright his/her blog), but they'll do that whether or
not the work in question is "published" or not--in any sense.

Otherwise, what Peter says here is right on target.

Mike McCallister
Who got his first tech-writing job after publishing his first book

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Neilson [mailto:neilson -at- alltel -dot- net]
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2003 6:48 PM
Subject: Re: What's the definition of a published author

No. Published means that someone has accepted and printed an article or a
book that you submitted, either on speculation or on request. If your book
were published by Vantage or some other subsidy publisher, then YOU might
say you were a published author, but nobody else would.

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