Hello out there in writing land. I just joined in hopes of gaining some wisdom on how to retain years of hard work. My wife and I have co-written 3 books. One, we self published. The other two completed works have been idle in the safe for several years as we lost some momentum with life, grandkids, MS and such. Our hopes to publish as we become more up to speed with the internet has escalated to the point where we're about ready to give it another go. However, recently we were robbed. The buggers actually took the safe where the manuscripts were stored. When we first created the manuscripts, one way to copyright was to send a copy of the manuscript to yourself and the postmark served as an official documentation. Those envelopes were in the safe too. Since the works were created in MSWord(Yes, we still have them). Is it possible that we could still be protected by the documentation of the file properties? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, as would any suggestions about posting this in other areas.