I'm trying to determine how a literary work should be registered -- as a derivative work with two authors, or as a derivative work with me as claimant and author? Or neither? Details:
- My mother wrote a manuscript for a children's book years ago and shared it with me a few years back. She died last year.
- I have since taken her original text-only word document manuscript and 1) edited a lot of the text > 50%, and 2) created illustrations with an external freelancer (work made for hire) for every letter.
- The original text she wrote was neither registered nor published under US Copyright.
Effectively, my mother and I will have both contributed to the final published children's alphabet book. She wrote some of the original text, and I rewrote/adapted and edited it, and had illustrations created for everything, and have had the book put together.
How should I register this?