Creating & Managing Multiple Pen Names in Author Central

Quick-Start Guide to Creating & Managing Pen Names in Amazon Author Central

Here’s a real quick tutorial that will walk you through setting up multiple pen names within your Amazon Author Central account.

Many people don’t realize this, but you can actually have up to 3 pen names per author central account. If you have more than 3 pen names, you’ll need to open a separate Author Central account (which is legal and within Amazon’s TOS.

Anyway, unlike Amazon KDP where you’re only allowed to have one account, as I stated above, you CAN have multiple (unlimited in fact) author central accounts.

This article, however, focuses on creating and managing multiple “pen names” under one AC account, so let’s get started, shall we…

Step 1: Create Your Account (Obviously)
If you don’t have an Amazon Author Central Account, you’ll need to create one and can do so by clicking here to get one set up.

Obviously, you’ll also need to have at least 1 published and “live” book in your account in order before creating/using multiple pen names.

Keep in mind that even though you already have an Amazon KDP account, when you enter in your email address and your password into Author Central, it may indicate that your account can’t be found.

This is a common misunderstanding because many people don’t realize it, but Amazon KDP and Author Central are two completely different websites.

Step 2: Add Other Pen Names (up to 3)
From within your Author Central account, click on the “Books” link located within the upper navigation menu. Then, click on the “Add More Books” button on the following page.

Next, enter in any of your book titles, ISBN numbers, or pen names that you have used. Once you find a book by any of your other pen names, click “This is my book”.

Tip: The quickest way to find your book is to log into your KDP account, then ‘right-click’ “View on Amazon” for each and every book you’ve published which will open each page inside a new window for easy organization.

Next, visit each Amazon page and copy and paste the number (IBSN) into the Author Central search bar:

Example: xxxxxx

You’ll see a pop-up message indicating that you are NOT the current author (remember, your pen name hasn’t yet been attached to your author central account).

Click on the “This is Me” link/button to claim it as yours.

Repeat the process for every book you’ve published under your additional 2 pen names.

You should then see a message saying that it may take up to five (5) business days to have your new pen name added to your account. I’ve never seen it take more than a couple of hours, but this, of course, covers them just in case it takes a bit longer than usual.

That’s it! You’re done. That was simple enough, right? Painless even?

You should now receive an email message from Amazon with a subject something like “Your Author Page is Ready” once your request has been processed.

Please keep in mind that your pen name privacy is still intact since your pen names will be linked in Author Central but they will NOT be (publicly) linked on Amazon. That information is for “your eyes only”! 😉

Now, once you’ve claimed your 2 additional pen name(s) and want to access it through your Author Central account, just log back in and click on the drop-down menu next to your author name located within the top right navigation bar enabling you to switch between your different pen names.

Each pen name will have its own bio(graphy), profile and author URL.

Now you’ll be able to quickly edit the descriptions of your books, including styling them so they have proper spacing, and additional settings.

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