I already have an LLC on which I plan to create a self-publishing company. The problem is I'd like to write for both children and adults, and thought having a pseudonym for the children's books would be best (two separate websites, of course). The name of my LLC is not my real name or the pseudonym. If I have an LLC, do I need to also have a DBA for my pseudonym if I receive payments under that name, or is there a way I can just use the LLC for payments made to either my real name or the pen name?

  • In what jurisdiction?
    – phoog
    Aug 15 at 22:39
  • When you say you want to "use" a pseudonym, do you mean putting it on the cover of a book, or putting it on some piece of paperwork which you file with the government? Because, frankly, the only such piece of government paperwork which I could imagine specifically needing the author's name (as opposed to the LLC owner's name) would be the author's personal tax return (for which it is fairly obvious that you can't use a pseudonym). The publisher is of course under no obligation to tell the general public that its owner and the author of the book are the same person.
    – Kevin
    Aug 16 at 2:15
  • USA (specifically, my business is out of NJ)
    – brownin329
    Aug 16 at 4:26
  • I guess the pen name would be used in place of my real legal name on the actual book, website. I am not sure about how it works for legal documents, which is what I am asking. Despite having an LLC with one brand name and using a pen name on the product, do I still file a DBA or can I get paid using the brand name of the business? I don't think people can pay me under the pen name because it is not my real name but I don't know how it works.
    – brownin329
    Aug 16 at 4:29

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