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    Fake name?

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Dagolas, Feb 5, 2012.

    (I assume this is the right section, since acquiring a fake name is done during publishing)

    So yeah, would you reccomend using your real name on the book cover, etc...

    or a fake, "stage" name.
     
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    It's called a pen name. It's your decision whether to use a pen name, but you have to use your real name as well when submitting. If you use a pen name, you have to know where the pen name is acceptable and where your legal name is required.
     
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    Yeah, but then again I won't get paparazzi if I put my real name :D

    Could you specify where the Pen and real name would feauture?
     
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    The pen name would be featured on the book and your real name would be not featured, if that is what you want to do.

    I would not worry at all about the paparazzi.
     
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    You mean the pen name or pseudonym? I've heard of writers having more than one name before, one for each genre.

    I would use my real name for most of my works, and a pseudonym for "side" works.
     
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    Pen name is the pseudonym. And yes, a writer can use different pen names for different pieces of writing.

    The real name goes on the cover letter, the query, and in the manuscript on the top of each page and in the contact information heading. The pen name appears on the manuscript only in the byline. After that, you can discuss it with the publisher after the manuscript is accepted, by the byline (the line after the title on the title page, "by Nom D. Plume") is the place in the manuscript for it.
     
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    I was reading a while back about Pen Names - is it true that you have to obtain a new IRS tax id number (social security)? What's the process of getting a Pen Name?
     
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    No. A pen name is not a legal identity. That is why youir real name goes on every document involved in the submission and every contract. Your real name defines the legal, taxable entity.
     
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    So, wait, how do Pen Names work? Do you just add a 'fake name' and then tell publishers - you want the fake name to be name on "Authorship.' I apologize for my questioning, just wondering.
     
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    If I have my own book published I would put my name and a picture on it.
     
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    The Pen Name is the name that will appear on the front cover, etc.

    Your real name won't appear on the book, but it will be the person whose name is on the cheque ;)
     
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    The pen name is what goes on the byline. You use your legal name for everything else.

    For example, on the manuscript the only place the pen name would appear would be at the "by John Smith" bit. Everywhere else, and on all correspondence (including your cheques) your legal name will be used.
     

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