The Quick-Start Guide to Managing Pen Names

Here’s a quick tutorial that shows you how to add multiple pen names to one Author Central account on Amazon.

Note that you can have up to 3 pen names per Author Central account, all linked on the one platform. If you have more than 3 pen names, you’ll need to open a new Author Central account.

Unlike Amazon KDP where you’re only allowed to have one account, you can have unlimited Author Central accounts.

Step 1: Create Your Account
If you haven’t yet created your Amazon Author Central Account, click here to set that up. You’ll need to have at least one published/live book in order to do so.

Keep in mind that even though you already have an Amazon KDP account, when you enter in that email and password into Author Central it may indicate that your account can’t be found. That’s because 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 in the top navigation menu, and then click the “Add More Books” button on the next page.

Next, enter in any book title, ISBN, or pen name that you use to search for it. Once you find a book by any other pen name you use, click “This is my book”.


Tip: The fastest way to find your book is to log into your KDP account, and right-click “View on Amazon” for every book you have published to open each page in a new window.

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

Example:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/ xxxxxx 

You’ll see a pop-up message indicating that you aren’t currently the listed author (since this pen name hasn’t yet been attached to your Author Central account).

Click “This is Me” to claim it. Rinse & repeat for every other book you’ve published under the secondary (and/or third) pen name.

You then see this message indicating that it could take up to 5 business days to have the new pen name added to your account, though we’ve never seen it take more than a couple of hours.

That’s it! You’ll receive an email from Amazon with the subject line: Your Author Page is Ready when your request has been processed.

Also keep in mind that your pen name privacy is still intact since even though your pen names will be linked in Author Central, they won’t be publicly linked on Amazon. That’s for your eyes only! 😉

After you’ve claimed a secondary (or third) pen name and want to access it through your Author Central account, simply log back in and click the drop-down menu next to your author name in the top right navigation bar to switch between pen names.

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

Now you’ll be able to quickly edit the descriptions of your low-content books, including stylizing them so they have proper spacing, etc.

We’ve created a quick-start tutorial that will show you how to create better looking book blurbs and descriptions. You’ll find that post here.



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