pls – 2009-10-06 9:39 AM
Are you placing a copyrighted date on it when you submit? No need to – you’re protected under current laws. I would think that an editor spotting a copyright date on a submission would think that he’s reading something from a n00b and would be more likely to reject it out of hand. Usually a piece is not copyrighted by the publication until it’s published.
Exactly. Or almost. It is copyrighted the second you write it. The copyright is registered by novel publishers when it is published. Short stories not so much so.
That has nothing to do with when you acquire the copyright which is the second you produce the work. No need to put any date on it. The editor knows the work is under copyright and editors do not steal work.