Dear Miss Snark,
I am currently in the process of posting my novel, chapter by chapter, on a critique website. I plan to post the entire book up on the site, as I need all the help I can get. I have read that it is not wise to post more than the first three chapters or so on the Internet.
While I would be delighted if someone thought my festering cesspool of a novel was good enough to actually steal, I am not that worried about this happening (yes, it is that bad). I am planning to get it copyrighted, though, just in case a miracle happens and I'm able to improve this work enough to convince an agent to take more than a passing glance at it some time in the distant future.
My question is this- will a registered copyright through the US Library of Congress cover not only the version of the work submitted, but also any subsuquent versions? If I make revisions of the novel after I submit it for copyright, will those revisions also be copyrighted, or must I get a new copyright for each revision? Thank you.
One of the nice things about owning a computer, and knowing how to use it is you can type "copyright info" into a search engine and come up with info that's really helpful. Like this.
Short answer: stay away from the copyright office till you're published.