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A Pseudonym Or Two

freelance writingHi Anne,

If I wanted to write under a pseudonym (or maybe a few pseudonyms) would I create my blog with my chosen name or legal name?

I’ve never been interested in writing under my real name. 🙂



Hi LN,

Pen names or pseudonyms have a long and respected history in the United States. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pen_names is a list of pen names and who uses them – so don’t expect anonymity once you get famous!

As long as you’re not using your pseudonym for illegal purposes the only consideration is training your bank to take checks in your real name and your pen name.  It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, but unless the laws have changed, it’s fairly simple. Just ask your bank how they want you to do it. They may mention an “AKA” which means “Also Known As.”

The same thing is true of a blog – you can use any name you want. If you’re self-hosting, that is if you’re getting your own domain name and blog space, you might want the billing under your real name, particularly if you’re going to have more than one blog. But the billing has little to do with how the blog will appear to your audience.

Do you use a pen name?



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  • I have a pen name I use for my other entertainment blog, but for the most part I use my actual name. And it’s just for fun on that anyways. A nickname I’ve carried over the years.
    .-= Christopher´s last blog ..There Are No Limits =-.

    • Anne

      Years ago I wrote a romance novel… yeah, me… submitted it under my own name… decided I only wanted to write stuff I’d put my name on… didn’t sell… they asked for the next one.

      I know many, like Devon, have darn good reasons for pen names… it would only confuse me even more. 😉

  • Mine is a shortened version of my real name and should be fine unless I get married. If the new name is short enough, I might just use that instead. If I publish before that happens, I’ll just use the current pen name and have all private and legal correspondence go to my real name.

    *sigh* I wish the Universe would make up its mind on that one.
    .-= Elizabeth West´s last blog ..Eeeeee!!! =-.

  • Hi have a pen name. I developed it when I was doing some forum postings for a client. It however has been adpoted by a company I recently left so now I have to think up another one. I did it to protect my own identity and so my personal accounts would not get tangled up with my client’s business.
    .-= Kathryn Pless´s last blog ..How Quickly Things Can Change =-.

  • I publish under a half a dozen names in both fiction and non-fiction. I have all checks cut to my legal name — much easier. And my editors and publishers know my legal name. But I’m very specific about no author photographs (silly to use a pen name if your image is splashed all over the place) and that ONLY the pen names can be used in PR.

    Some of them are cross-promoted, some are not.

    Works for me.

    I have different blogs and sites under different names, but I pay all the bills and have all the registrations per the legal requirements.
    .-= Devon Ellington´s last blog ..Wednesday, April 7, 2010 =-.

    • Anne

      You’re a wonder in many ways, Devon.

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