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Hello.. I have collected 15 TRUE stories written by others for my book......DO I COPYRIGHT IT ALL IN MY NAME?  DO I COPYRIGHT IT AS WORK FOR HIRE?  Thanks.

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Let me explain copyright. As long as you have your copyright symbol and date, name on each story- it's considered solely yours and all rights reserved.

No writer can afford to pay a legal copyright with the US Copyright for each and every story or article he writes.

If you want to protect yourself, as later if needed in court for plagiarism, then mail each "story" or "article" to yourself with the return address being yours, and when you receive it, DO NOT open it ever. File it away, and the judge opens it to prove it was yours and not the one who stole it...

There is no such thing as "copyright work for hire."

The writer/author is for hire as a freelancer, his works are copyrighted to him as original works written by him, therefore copyrighted when you add your copyright notice at the bottom of each piece.

I hope that answered your question.

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Jannie Balliett

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I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.

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I'm a published writer, freelancer, and Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing for my two Online writer workshops.

Organizations
Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.

Publications
Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Education/Credentials
Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

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I have numerous clients using my service through my editorial service and numerous members in my Online writer workshops.

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