What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a pen name as a writer on HubPages (or as a writer in general)? Also, does using a pen name impact your ability to defend/claim your work if it's stolen?
These are good questions, Geri. I have a pen name but often include my real name as well. A lot of people prefer to call me Jodah, even though they know my real name. I have been told that it is a lot easier in regard to copyright issues, however, if you always use your real name.
Some people prefer to keep their real identity a secret especially on the Internet, so prefer to always use a pen name.
Thank you for your response, Jodah. Yes, it seems that it would be more problematic to claim your work if you don't use your real name.
Unlike you, there are some authors who don't include their real name in their articles at all. They only use their pen name. I am interested to hear what they have to say.
I have zero problem claiming my work under a pen name. You can register copyright under you legal name or your pen name. Your send take down notices and conduct other legal business under your legal name but stating what your pen name is. Never had any issues with it.
I use three pen names so that I can market my material directly and without confusion between my main profession (and associated writing) or the three other areas in which I write. Pen names are an ancient tradition fully accommodated by the law.
I have been publishing under at least one pen name for over 15 years now, encompassing 20+ books published in three different countries, innumerable articles, shorts stories, poetry and online material. I, personally, feel that having pen names was a very good choice given my diverse writing and non-writing activities.
by The Write Life 16 months ago
Is is ok to change to a pen name on your account? I have articles on niche, not sure if it changes anything as far as that goes. Just making sure it does not throw the proverbial "wrench in the works'' Hope everyone had a good weekend happy Monday fun day to all.
by Shon Stallgraves 6 years ago
When are pen names good?Is it wise to write one book with a pen name and then use the same pen name to write another book that is very far away from the topic you want really do want to be associated with?
by John Coviello 4 years ago
I am considering publishing a novel under a pen name. I'd like to set up author pages where it is published. Where can I find a legal photo of someone else that I can use as the image that goes with my pen name author profile? Thanks!
by Susan Zutautas 6 years ago
Pen name or real name?When replying to a comment and you know the authors real name do you use their real name or their pen name? Authors: Would you prefer people to use your real name when they know it or would you prefer them to use your pen name?
by Imogen French 3 years ago
Is it best to use a pen name or your real name on HP, and how easy is it to change your user name?I am considering a change of name here on HP, and wondering what the implications would be. Has anybody done it, or have an opinion about it?
by William Benner 3 years ago
How many of you Authors use a pen name and why?I been thinking of using a pen name and was wondering how many Authors at HP use pen names.
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