So … everyone kind of knows, you need to copyright your works. It protects you … your book … and your “intellectual property” from less savory characters.
But, no one ever told me oh, you should probably file the copyright as soon as you finish editing.
Currently, the copyright department is running 3 months for electronic filing, 10 months for snail-mail filing. And while you can absolutely publish without … why would you?
This is a PSA … if you finish editing, the moment you receive the file back polished and ready to go … FILE YOUR COPYRIGHT!!