Frequently Asked Questions

Below are questions we have received from authors over the years, as well as questions and answers we feel are likely of interest to aspiring authors. Scroll through the entire list or click on a question below to "jump" to the answer.

  1. Why should I publish through Bloated Toe?
  2. How long will it take to publish my book?
  3. Will I own the copyright to my book?
  4. Do I need to register my work in order to own the copyright?
  5. How do I register my book with the US Copyright Office?
1. Why should I publish through Bloated Toe?
Because it's not just a numbers game with us. We care about what we are doing and we offer the opportunity for you to publish your work. When we started, we were in the same position that you are in. We soon experienced the thrill of personal success, and we enjoy repeating that thrill by sharing in the successes of others. We love what we do, and it shows in our work.
2. How long will it take to publish my book?
The process should typically be completed within two months. However, there are many factors that may speed up or delay your project. These factors include your book's length, amount of editing needed, number and condition of photos/illustrations, etc. The best advice we can give is: make sure your content is finalized when you submit your materials to us, make sure you maintain regular communication with us, and respond promptly to our correspondence.
3. Will I own the copyright to my book?
Yes. YOU will own the rights to your book. YOUR book will be copyrighted in YOUR name, and YOU will have control of it. We will not purchase your book from you, and we will not own copyrights to your book.
4. Do I need to register my work in order to own the copyright?
In short, no. Current copyright law dictates that you own the copyright to your work as soon as you create it. In addition, unless you voluntarily give up your rights, your copyright does not expire until 70 years beyond your date of death.
However, registration with the US Copyright Office does establish a public record of your copyright claim. Furthermore, should you find it necessary to file an infringement suit in the future, your work must be registered before such a suit can be filed. Registration affords other advantages as well; visit the US Copyright Office website for more information.
5. How do I register my book with the US Copyright Office?
You must submit a completed copyright application, which may be done via mail or online. There is also an application fee; the fee for online registration is cheaper than that for mail-in registration. In addition to the application, you must submit two (2) copies of your book. Visit the US Copyright Office website for more information.
For an additional fee, we will complete the copyright registration process for you.