Manuscript Preparation, Copyediting, and Proofreading

Q. When submitting a pitch package (my first novel, copyrighted) to a literary agent (query letter/synopsis/first three chapters) I have heard that it is bad manners or insulting to use the copyright symbol. Why? Is it true? Is there correct behavior?

A. Your work is protected by law from plagiarism regardless of whether you copyright it, and professional writers know this. They also know that reputable publishers wouldn’t dream of ripping off their work—it’s a bit insulting to suggest that you fear this. So your use of the copyright symbol will not impress an editor favorably. Good luck with your pitch.