Hi there, I am in the progress of writing my first serious novel, it is quite far from being finished, but I am already thinking about how I would like to publish it and well, since I have never done this before, I would like a piece of advice about copyrights. I am going to write it in english, which is not my mother language, that means I am going to ask a friend or hire someone to edit it and check my mistakes or make corrections. I will also try to find a publisher or publish it myself - printed or/and epub. Now, the question is - shouldn't I worry about my idea being stolen by one of the people who will read/view/edit/correct etc it? I mean, what guarantee do I have that I will send my novel to a publishing house or to an editor, get rejected, and after that discover that someone had stolen my story, changed the title/character names/whatever and published it under their name? Or if I publish it online and someone from the readers who has connections with a publishing house decides to print it and presents it as theirs? Is their a way to avoid this from happening somehow? Buying the copyright for the novel or something like that? How does this work? Thanks!!!!