I'm submitting short stories to publications and have no agent, I'm just sending in manuscripts and cover letters. I want to be published under my nickname because it is the name I am known by and the name I identify with, not to conceal identity or for another reason that might lend itself to a "pen name." It is not my legal name, and is it not a common derivation of my legal name (such "Andy" for Andrew). I don't want to deal with two identities, I just want to be known by my name rather than my 'legal' name. I am worried about this - I don't know exactly how to professionally inform editors of this in my cover letters, and I'm afraid it might mark me as a young and amateur writer. I'm also afraid that it might damage my ability to claim publishing credit for stories published under a name I have no legal claim to. There is the option of changing my name legally, but since I get along fine using one name personally and another officially, I'd rather not go through that mess if there is an easier way to handle it when submitting work for publication. Is there a professional and simple way to let editors know that you would like to be or have been published under a nickname?