Question: Can you publish a book under a fake name?

Yes, authors can self-publish using their pen name or nom de plume. If youre self-publishing a book, you can definitely use a pseudonym when writing and publishing your book. In fact, many indie authors use a pseudonym or nom de plume when they publish books in several different genres.

A pseudonym may be used on the copies of a work or when registering a claim to copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. She writes under “J.K. Rowling,” which is an abbreviated name, and “Robert Galbraith,” which is a pseudonym. NOTE: A pseudonym itself is not protected by copyright.

Can you publish research under a pseudonym?

Yes, it is possible to publish under something other than your legal name. A nom de plume isnt that unusual in academia, particular for folk with common names who would otherwise be unfindable in literature databases.

How do I legally create a pen name?

You can register a manuscript under a pen name at the copyright office (www.copyright.gov). Youll have to provide some information, including your real address. But if you really want to keep your true identity under wraps, set up a post office box and have information from the office sent there.

Under U.S. law you cant copyright a name, real or fictitious. Copyrights protect authorship, such as short stories, poems, or novels. You can register a manuscript under a pen name at the copyright office (www.copyright.gov). While you cant copyright a name, you can get sued for identity theft.

Why do people hide their real names?

People use pseudonyms for several different reasons: to hide identity, gender, and/or race. People (such as rappers) also use pseudonyms to match their stage personality better. Pseudonyms can include stage names, screen names, ring names, pen names, nicknames, aliases, superhero identities and code names.

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