The Heidi Thorne Show

Using Pen Names for Self Publishing: What You Need to Know | Episode 163

October 13, 2020

Pen names, or pseudonyms, can be a great way to create an author brand and persona, and keep your work in multiple genres separate. But using a pen name has both rewards and risks. I discuss what you need to know.

Blog: Should You Use a Pen Name for Your Self Published Books?

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Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:49 When using a pen name is a good idea

1:43 Your real identity could get revealed

3:35 Copyrights and pen names

4:27 Setting up author pages for pen names on Amazon

5:37 Too many pen names equals too much marketing

7:14 Are you covering up a secret life?

8:16 Diversity and inclusion issues with pen names