Hello, fellow pen monkies and word nerds. I have a bunch of legal questions and concerns that I came across earlier today. I sent a support email to one of the ebook retailers that I was intending to sell with, but in the mean time, I decided to post my questions here as well. Ever since I've been compiling portfolios and building up 'published' works online, most for free, I have decided that I'll be using 3 to 4 different aliases. Be forewarned, as I am going to discuss (albeit, not in detail,) the homosexual and erotic writing niches. One of my pen names is my feminine, Adult Oriented pen name Carol J. Scarlette. This is for works regarding gay pride, romance, drama and generally stuff that's not exactly geared toward a younger audience. The other is a slightly more gender neutral, possibly masculine (but I never usually clarify) pen name called Ash W. Rowan. This is for works that are much more family friendly, but may or may not cater to a boyish audience. Action, adventure, sci-fi, gaming communities, etc. And the last I use is my real legal name, Flora Adams, sometimes stylized with different middle names or using my middle names as my first name. She uses the user name "Fire Fancy" often. - Now, onto the questions. I live in the South East Alaska area, in the United States. Would it be in my best interests to investigate my local DBA ("doing business as") policies, and filing a DBA document for each pen name I think I might need? I really want Carol J Scarlette to be specifically anonymous, as a LOT of my family have no idea I intend to make most of my money targeting the erotic and homosexual niches in writing. Also, do I *really* need to open a banking account for each separate DBA? Because I would prefer to have my funds directed to my main paypal, and that directed to my normal bank account, of which my mom co-owns and co-operates. (As an account holder, I mean.) Also to clarify, I only came across DBAs earlier this evening (Feb 21, 2015), so I did NOT do a lot of research on it, but I will when I know what to look for. If there's more, direly important info on the topic, I would love to know. Another clarification, I have only 'published' in the sense that I posted text on random websites, all for free. I never sold or earned anything as of yet under an alias. What I did earn was trivial and was not even 'real' writing. (I.E., content mills like Textbroker, or Task/Survey sites for pennies per task. Earnings around 40 dollars max, and this was years ago.) Posted stuff would be ramblings on Facebook and the journaling function on DeviantART, Fanfiction on fanfiction sites and "mini job" gigs on market sites like Fiverr.com. (4 dollar earnings total.) Other than fiverr.com, the rest above were all provided for free. - Any thoughts? Any insights and advice I should follow, or answers to these questions? Anything and everything would be much appreciated!