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Anyone know if using a pen name as a Kindle author is allowed?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Yes, it is.
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  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    Yes, it is. When you upload your book to Kindle, you simply fill in the author's name. It doesn't have to be the same as the name on your account.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    Yes and you can have 3 author profiles set up for different names.

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  • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
    Sure is. I have 3 author names - one for my sci-fi/fantasy fiction, one for my erotica, and one for my kids books. Then on Author Central in Amazon you can even switch between the 3 author profiles (3 is the max I'm pretty sure).
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      And how does this connects with rights? if someone appears with your pen name as name, can that person claim the book?

      Do you have to do some registration, like you do with with companies?

      sorry if it is a stupid question, I just wonder...
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      • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
        Originally Posted by Sandra Martinez View Post

        And how does this connects with rights? if someone appears with your pen name as name, can that person claim the book?

        Do you have to do some registration, like you do with with companies?

        sorry if it is a stupid question, I just wonder...
        If you copyright your books with the US Copyright Office, you can register your copyright using the pen name and your legal name. That should protect you should someone with the same name as your pseudonym show up and try to lay claim to your work. It costs $35 for e-filed copyright claims. That said, you should be protected regardless of whether you file for copyright or not, but the burden of proof will likely be on you to show that you were the person who created the work.
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        • Profile picture of the author AdrianDanut
          I use two pen names for each of the niche I published in.
          I recommend Amazon Author Central too. It's a great platform.
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          • Profile picture of the author sundayknowles
            Originally Posted by AdrianDanut View Post

            I use two pen names for each of the niche I published in.
            I recommend Amazon Author Central too. It's a great platform.
            Hi Adrian: How many niche markets are you in? I'm in the process of organizing my IM business for better focus .... so this is all really helpful information! ~SK
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  • Profile picture of the author ozanK
    It is allowed and even recommended. Use 1 pen name for each "tribe" you're targeting.
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  • Just make sure to come up with a creative, catchy pen name. I'm published on Kindle, and am currently using one just for erotica. Make sure to keep them all separate
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  • Profile picture of the author eibhlin
    I use nearly a dozen pen names, one for each niche, and sometimes additional pen names for each subniche. Kindle is fine with that. (I asked, when I max'd my Author Central allowance using one login at Amazon.)

    I discuss the reasons for pen names, and a few legal issues, in my article: Pen Name Advice for Writers | eibhlin, writing

    Basically, privacy is more of an issue, online, than I'd ever encountered during my pre-Internet writing career. But, even then, I began using pen names to keep enthusiastic, boundary-trampling fans from showing up at my door, uninvited.

    As long as the name isn't going to be confused with a celebrity or existing author or something, you can just go ahead and use the name. The legalities come into play in terms of inheritance, so your heirs can continue to earn money from your books under pen names. (See my article for more about that.)

    I discuss the issue of pen names and branding in my follow-up article: More about Pen Names | eibhlin, writing

    Branding with pen names is an important part of marketing, and -- for authors -- it's a radical change from how we wrote (and planned our marketing) even ten years ago.

    For example: In the last couple of weeks, I've added more pen names. That's so fans are given the cue that a book I co-author (under a pen name they know & like) might not sound 100% like my other books. If they're disappointed by the co-authored book, they can blame it on the other author, and my (main pen name) image isn't tarnished.

    If the co-authored book is a success, I create a slightly different writing profile for that new pen name, and rush to give "him" (or "her") additional books. The result is synergistic... I sell more of the co-authored book, and the books wholly under the new pen name sell on their own... and send shiny new customers back to the co-authored book where they'll discover my original pen name! (It's a self-perpetuating loop, and lots of fun!)
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  • Profile picture of the author sundayknowles
    Thanks for starting this threat! Great article, eibhlin! I just finished reading it. I'd love to know more about how you keep up with a dozen pen names?

    Do you have separate email addresses for each that forward to a main email account?
    Do you use gmail email addresses or ones hosted by each specific domain?

    Many thanks!
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