How to Claim a Pen Name at Author Central

Pen Name

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Do you write under a pseudonym?

Do you write under a pen name in addition to your own name?

Do you write under multiple pseudonyms?

But, of course, you still want to setup an Amazon author page via Author Central.

Don’t worry. You can manage a pen name at Author Central.

You can associate up to three different names with a single Author Central account.

Here is how to claim books under a second name after you’ve already claimed books under one name:

  • Log into Author Central (of course!).
  • Click on the Books tab.
  • Proceed to claim a book that you’ve written.
  • Search until you find the book under your second name.
  • Claim the book.
  • Author Central should recognize the different name and prompt you.
  • Click the option to add the pen name.
  • Enter your pen name.
  • When you see your name, click This is Mine (to the right).

Once your pen name is added to your Author Central account, the next step is to deal with your dual personality. Hee hee. 🙂

Here is how to switch between multiple names associated with a single Author Central account:

  • Log into Author Central (I call this step Doh!).
  • Click on your name (whichever of the names it is) in the top right corner.
  • This will show your list of pen names.
  • Click on one of your pen names.
  • Now you can choose any of the tabs over to the left.
  • When you want to switch pen names, just click on the name in the top right corner to select a different pen name.

Write happy, be happy. 🙂

Chris McMullen

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17 comments on “How to Claim a Pen Name at Author Central

  1. Hi Chris. This was helpful, although I’m not sure anymore that my ‘Pen’ name is not my only name since everyone calls me that for years now. My ‘legal’ name is different and I use that for my bank information, etc. I write and paint under what you would call my ‘Pen’ name. So, if I go by that name everywhere now, is it still considered a pen name as long as it’s not ‘legally’ changed?

    • At Author Central, it doesn’t really matter unless you publish in a different name than the system expects (or if you publish under two or more different names). If publishing at Amazon, use your legal name for account info when setting up your account, but your pen name for your author name whenever you publish a book. Regarding copyright, has a page devoted to pen names.

  2. I know somebody who writes under 11 different names, but I’m sure he must have different accounts (and publishes in different places too). I’ve been thinking about giving it a go…

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