Is it illegal to publish a book under a fake name?

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Is it illegal to publish a book under a fake name?

I was wondering if it’s legal for me to publish a book under a fake name, if at all. I’m 15 years old and I write poetry. Am I able to publish a book or get one published at my age? If so, am I able to do it under a fake name?

Asked on November 18, 2010 under Business Law, Kansas

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You can publish a book under a pseudonym (fake name).  Authors frequently use pseudonyms.  Since you are under 18, you would need your parent or guardian to sign any contracts or other legal documents with the publisher.


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