Hi all.... I've been writing for many years now and last year I made a promise to someone, who is no longer with us, to get some work of mine published. The story won’t be anything that goes “mainstream” as it fits with a pretty niche market and because of that I have a good idea about how to go about getting the right people to look at it. However, what's holding me back from submitting it (and therefore preventing me from fulfilling the promise) is that I worry about my story potentially being "stolen" by those I submit it to. Can anyone advise me about how to go about protecting my work in some way before sending it off into the world? I’ve briefly looked into copywriting but I’m not sure if that’s the best thing to do. I’ve been told to copy my story to a disk and mail the disk to myself via recorded delivery and leave it unopened (poor man’s copyright?) but again, that doesn’t feel like the best way to protect my work. I'd be very grateful for any advice. Thanks for reading!