Are Titles Copyrighted?

I always tell authors to research their titles before choosing one to make sure there are no other books with the same title. Many authors want to know if titles are copyrighted. Titles are not subject to copyright the same way longer works are. However, titles can be trademarked. This is common for books in a series.

Although you could probably legally use a title that has been used by someone else, it is not recommended. When people search your title, you want them to only find your book. Take the time to come up with a unique, memorable title. It will help you sell your book.

ABOUT WENDY STETINA: Wendy Stetina is a sales and marketing professional with over 30 years experience in the printing and publishing industry. Wendy works as the Director of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; and together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction, or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Wendy Stetina can put you on the right path.

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