Why don't HubPagers use their real or pen name? When they write a novel - by werdz52? spYkeDriver?
Why not use a constant name and plan on a future of being a novelist? This would be a way to build a fanbase from the beginning. Why even create a pen name? (Like Mark Twain.) To avoid any taxes on royalties from your writing? They find out your real name eventually when you get famous (notice I use the word "when..") It seems I've made a grave error by just being... me. The nerve I have, eh? Breaking tradition and all the rules... again!
They can't really avoid the taxes because they have to report their real name along with their pen name. To sign up for AdSense or any other program, you have to give them your SSN and that has to match the name on the checks (or direct deposit, etc). So unless they're real criminals and created a complete new identity (with a falsified SSN), the IRS will still get their cut. I'm sure they have their reasons for creating a username other than their real one or writing novels under a different name, but I'm sticking to my real name.
In my case, I don't want just anyone on the internet to know my real name. Even if by some miracle I became a famous writer, I would try very hard to keep my true identity a secret. Although, as you point out, that would be near impossible in this day and age. In my opinion, success would be great, but fame would be a curse.
I'll take that chance (knowing the odds are astronomical.) However , I did a lot of stage time and comedy show producing in the 5th largest city - Phoenix. Didn't even bother with hiding from the beginning. thx mgeorge.
Google: i could have died sjs
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