Skip to main content
Publish date:

READER QUESTION: How Can A Writer Protect A Book Idea?

Hey, writers--

Today's reader question was emailed from Brian, who writes...

"Chad, I have a fantastic idea for a book and I want to protect my idea from someone else copying it. Whats steps should a person take in order to protect an idea until it comes into print?"

Well, Brian, this is a question many writers ask. To be honest, the "protection" process is a bit different for book-writers and screenwriters. Screenwriters often register their material with the Writers Guild of America, which has an inexpensive registry service (click HERE to go right there).

For books, however, I wanted to ask someone who has a much longer history in the book world than I do... so I sent your question to my trusty friend and editor, Brian Klems, who writes Writers Digest's Questions & Quandries blog and column. He gives a terrific answer... CLICK HERE to check it out!

And for those of you with more writer/film/TV questions, please don't hesitate to email me at WDScriptNotes@FWPubs.com... if I don't know the answer myself, I'll find someone who does!

And keep reading... coming soon we have behind-the-scenes looks at more TV shows, an interview with animator Ellen Besen, and more answers to your questions!

3 Things Being a Broadway Wig Master Taught Me About Storytelling

3 Things Being a Broadway Wig Master Taught Me About Storytelling

A career behind the curtain helped Amy Neswald in creating her own stories. Here, the author shares 3 things being a broadway wig master taught her about storytelling.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Out of Control

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Out of Control

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let things get a little out of control.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 14th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.

NaNoWriMo’s Over … Now What?

NaNoWriMo’s Over … Now What?

After an intense writing challenge, you might feel a little lost. Here are some tips from Managing Editor and fellow Wrimo Moriah Richard for capitalizing on your momentum.

Ian Douglas: On Telling the Truth in Science Fiction

Ian Douglas: On Telling the Truth in Science Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Ian Douglas discusses how he incorporated implausible conspiracy theories to uncover the truth in his new science fiction novel, Alien Hostiles.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 589

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a yesterday poem.

Revenge

Revenge

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about revenge.

Peter Fiennes: On Finding Hope in the Writing Process

Peter Fiennes: On Finding Hope in the Writing Process

Critically acclaimed author Peter Fiennes discusses his quest to find hope in his new travel/Greek mythology book, A Thing of Beauty.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a The End and/or The Beginning poem.