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Questions tagged [pseudonym]

This tag should be used for questions about pseudonyms, for example about an author choosing not to reveal his real name to his audience by using a pseudonym when publishing. Pseudonyms are also sometimes called pen-names.

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Can I give a lecture about my book without disclosing my real name?

I have a non-fiction book about language learning, entrepreneurship, productivity and personal growth in general. The problem is: I have published this book using a pen name (pseudonym). I would ...
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Pseudonyms and Book signings

I use a pseudonym and was wondering what the decorum is for setting up a book signing or for signing some in-store copies if I happened to stumble across them. I assume the stores have some minor ...
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“Cease and Desist” for a pen name [duplicate]

Shortly after I published my first book, under my own name, somebody released a bunch of erotic fiction using my real name as their pseudonym. It is difficult for me to point people at my books on ...
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Using a fake name for book [duplicate]

So I want to use a fake name for my book, not my real name. How do I ensure that editors or agencies don't take advantage of that or play a trick when it comes to the credits of the book? How do I ...
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When a publisher buys the copyright for my books, does that include the pen name I used?

Years ago, I wrote many westerns under half a dozen names for a publisher. They bought the copyright and published them. Now I'm hoping to write for a different publisher. Can I still use one of the ...
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Should I bother allowing images (headshots) for pen names?

Please bear with me, the question really is for writers. I'm authoring software that manages ebooks. I'm to the point of representing the "profile" of authors who choose to use pen names. How ...
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Can you publish an ebook as an Editor of someone else's writing under a pen name/pseudonym?

I have a collection of short notes and letters from someone I knew (who gave me permission to publish or share the writings) and I'm thinking if I can self-publish them as an ebook as "Editor" under a ...
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What to consider when choosing a pen name for a sci-fi novel?

I am writing a sci-fi novel with a female main character. My style is lo-tech, more about character development and a beautiful and unusual planet than about descriptions of technology. My target ...
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Do I need a pen name? And how do I pick a good one?

Try having the name 'James Thompson'. It doesn't really sound like a name a professional writer would have, does it? Because I don't think so. So here is my question: Should I have a pen name instead ...
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Is it a bad idea to adopt an 'English' pen name as an Asian American writer to reach a wider audience?

There is currently a dearth of Asian American writers on U.S. library bookshelves, and those few authors who are Asian Americans tend to write about things associated with Asian culture. Think of Amy ...
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Does age matter if you want to publish a non fiction book?

Specifically, with some kind of psychological subject, and some theories and philosophies. The book will have subjects people generally refer to as from people experienced in life, who have been ...
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Would there be any problems with choosing a pseudonym of another ethnicity and sex?

so taking some advice here You might notice that pen names usually sound like names a real person would have. So when you want to make a writing career under a pen name, you might want to pick a ...
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Is it possible to self-publish with a pseudonym but still be approachable for offers?

So i'm currently writing a book and intend to sell it to make some money on the side. now i don't have any dreams of grandeur for this book such as it being an instant hit or anything like that and i'...
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How to introduce a fake name or alias for the sake of making a story clearer

I'm writing a scenario that describes what one person did when he worked for a company and want to use proper names for readability, but not use the real names of the people or company. But my ...
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Is it foolish to pursue a writing career while desiring complete anonymity?

I am writing my first novel. When I finish, I'd like to try publishing it. I've read other questions regarding the publishing process and they suggest that an aspiring author must do things like book ...
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Should I use a pen name so I don't get confused with other authors with similar names?

I have a common(ish) name, with at least one other writer out there with my exact name, although he writes in a different genre than I'm interested in, and another with a similar name that DOES write ...
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How do writers differentiate personal beliefs from the messages of their writing in public discourse?

Hypothetically speaking, of course... Let's say I write a work of fiction. It could be construed as highly disparaging to one or more demographics especially if you stop reading within the first few ...
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Amazon question: Can different pen names under the same KDP account be publicly connected?

If I put two pen names under the same KDP account, is there any way for the public to find out that they are written by the same person? KDP says 'no', but sometimes the official version isn't the ...
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How to choose a good/suitable pseudonym

I write fantasy humour (fantahumour, if you will) stories but I have recently written a rather different story in the form of a horror. Naturally, I want to associate myself with both genres, but ...
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Using a pen-name: possible legal issues

My question is about publishing under a pen-name. Does it have to be registered as a trademark? If it's not registered as a trademark, can someone sue a writer for using it? Because every name you ...
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Promoting your books when you've written under a pseudonym/pen name

I know this question could be considered a "list" question, or "subjective", but I think that it is a valid question and can be quite helpful for a lot of authors. My question is, as a self-published ...
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When self publishing, are there benefits to making a company to represent your books? Is that then a publishing house?

Is it possible to create a company that acts like a publishing house? I imagine registering a company and contracting the novels I write under its name, and then putting them on Amazon and ...
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Can a self publishing author use a Pen name/Pseudonym?

I know that an author can use a Pen name/Pseudonym instead of a true name when publishing the traditional way. This is done by signing contracts with the publisher/agent using the real name ...
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How to associate my screenname with my books?

I've got a lot of history on the web under my screen name, including my writing blog and various pieces of other work scattered about. I'd love to associate it firmly with the self-published ebook ...
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Why shouldn't I use a pen name?

I don't like my name. I feel like seeing my name on the cover of my novel will be an embarassment more than a moment of pride - I just can't take things I've written under my own name seriously, for ...
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Why do writers use pseudonyms?

It's common enough -- recently I was looking for Seanan McGuire's newer book only to find it was published as "Mira Grant". Why would an author do this?
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Is it easy to change genre?

I read somewhere that one should choose ones genre carefully, as it is hard to change later. Although there are exceptions, most writers, even established ones, find it hard to change genre, and have ...
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Writing different genres

I like to write many different genres in my fiction writing but I think that this would be confusing as an author's name becomes somewhat of a brand. Is it therefore a good idea to invent pen names ...