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If you live in America, the moment you write your first words for the story it is automatically protected under copyright law. It is quite insulting to professional publishers to think that they would want to steal your book. Honestly and integrity is the way publishers go if they want to make a good name for the company. It just isn't good businesses to ...


If you're dealing with reputable publishers, they're not going to steal your idea. They just aren't. They wouldn't stay in business long if they did. If you're not sure whether a particular company is reputable, ask around.


As far as I know, you can't really protect an 'idea' (otherwise every story would have to be unique). I'm not an expert when it comes to these things, but I can imagine that it's rather simple to take an existing story, change a few names and elements, so that it counts as 'new'. If you want to have a prove that you came up with it earlier (maybe to avoid ...

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