You might want to consult with a lawyer about this, but one form of protection is to copyright your manuscript before sending it off to any outsider:
That’ll protect your book-to-be from any thief who gets a copy and not just a dubious self-publisher who, as Angelia notes, is often more interested in your money than anything else.
Since there are likely to be some differences, you’ll need to also copyright the published version when it comes out.
– Michael W. Perry, Inkling Books
Go Mikey! Glad to help!!!!
– Steven Cheimets
So proud of Our Maples Mikey. Write on Brother. Hugs.
Great story! You deserve the success! Best of luck to you!
– Jeff Guthrie
Be careful of too much Advil. That can cause other problems.
I would see a real doctor and get a real pain med if the dentist wouldn’t give you something serious.
In my experience all root canals fail might as well. Pull it initially and save the extra money time and pain.
Good lord, girl! I too had a bad tooth story a year ago, so I understood when you went through. Your narrative brought all of it back. A great writer takes readers on the protagonist’s journey. And, oh, yes you did!
– Sarah Bates
Glad to hear you’re on the road to recovery!
– Logan Harbaugh
OMG, I am a dento-phobe!! I am feeling queazy reading this!! So glad you have been fixed!
– Erika Wright
I can only sympathize. I’m completely dental phobic and had an extraction that made me avoid the dentist for five years. I’ve been playing catch up recently and white knuckle every visit. I have more crowns than the Queen.
Oh boy, did your story bring back bad memories. Until they started charging outrageous prices, i used to get gas just for a cleaning. Total baby! I have had many surgeries, but toothaches rank at the top of the pain scale. I hope you are on the mend. No more gummies! Take care! Cheers!
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