I'm confused and have some concerns about the copyright laws regarding the publication of novels. I am not sure how I should go about copywriting my work. I am hoping you will be able to clarify this process for me.
Is my work already copyrighted once I create it? If you were to accept my manuscript, do you help me copyright my work? Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Your work is protected by copyright law as soon as you write it.
Once your work is sold to a publisher, there's a clause in your publishing contract that says the publisher will register the work with the US Copyright office.
You should not register something with the copyright office at the query stage. And you also don't need to put the (c) notice on your manuscript.