Should I use a pen name as an author?

As a general rule, most authors should publish under their legal, given name. If an author has written an exposé and must remain anonymous for professional reasons, a pen name is quite understandable. Otherwise critics tend to regard a pen name as an affectation and anachronistic. It also makes promotion difficult.

Can I use a pen name on medium?

My Medium pen name lets me build a name for my writing career. Plus, my given name is quite common so the pen name means I stand out more which has worked well for me. I have to say, the only downside to using a pen name on Medium is that it can kind of take over your life.

How do you legally create a pen name?

How to Choose and Set Up a Pen NameResearch the name. Search the internet and bookselling sites. Buy available domain names. You will want to buy a website domain for your pen name.Claim the name. Use the name. Be open with your publisher. Register your copyright.

Is it legal to have a pen name?

Using a pen name is completely legal. In fact, it is often a wise business choice. But writers should take a few common-sense steps to avoid confusion and protect their rights.

What is your pen name?

A pen name, also called a nom de plume (French: [nɔ̃ də plym]) or a literary double, is a pseudonym (or, in some cases, a variant form of a real name) adopted by an author and printed on the title page or by-line of their works in place of their real name.