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    Concerning Pseudonyms

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by grimmwriter, Apr 22, 2010.

    I was wondering if anyone could help me out with this. Now I'm not considering writing under a completely assumed name as I think it is a ridiculous pain to do so. But my first and last names together seem like lengthy mouthful.

    I was curious about the legality of using my middle name and last name only, without using my first initial. Would this still be like writing under a pseudonym? Can I submit my work under my shorter name and omit my first name (aside from the times where they would need my full name)? Or should I treat it like a pseudonym and submit under my full name, and publish under my shorter name?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!
     
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    Treat it like a pseudonym, because that's what it is. Regardless of where you came to it from.

    Put the name you want it to be published under as the by-line, and everything else as your legal name (correspondence, ect).
     
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    Thanks so much Banzai! I kinda figured I should, but was hoping I could get away with it. Just because it would be easier. Truly appreciate your input!
     
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    No worries :)

    It's really not any more difficult. If you're uncertain once you reach the negotiating with a publisher phase, then you can just tell them "I'd like it published under this name..." Psuedonyms are very common practice.
     
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    I guess it is with all the J.K. Rowlings and such. BTW, I love your avatar! I happen to be a scrubs addict myself.
     
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    i agree with banz... he's right on all points...
     

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