How to Set Up Different Pen Names at Amazon Author Central

If you want to write under different pen names, you might be wondering how to set up your Author Central page so that you can see all of your books.

Seems it’s actually pretty easy to do!

Set Up Your Different Pen Names At Your Amazon Author Central Page

All you need to do is

1. Log into your Amazon Author Central account

2. Go to the Books tab and then click on the Add More Books button.

3. Search for the book that you’ve written under your pen name.  And add it.

4. Amazon will then pop up a box that says that you are not listed as the author .. blah blah.

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5. The option at the bottom of the pop up box is “If you write under a different name, let us know”.  Click on the let us know link.

That’s it.

6. You’ll get an email to confirm that it really is you (so you can’t claim to be Stephanie Meyer when you are not really her) so click the confirmation link in your email.

And then your accounts will be linked in Author Central, but not on the Amazon website obviously (because you don’t want people knowing you are the same person – duh!).

To Switch Between Your Pen Names

Now to just flick between the two (or more) pen names you click the drop down box next to your name at the top.

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(I did read that you are only limited to three different pen names at Amazon Author Central though – I’ve only got two so I don’t know if this is true or not).

If you need further help, check out the author central help pages.


  1. Just what I needed as I head into author central. Thanks Tracey.

  2. This was the exact information I was looking for. Thanks for posting these instructions.

  3. Can you use a different photo for a pen name? Ex. male for female?

    • Yes you can. Although if you are using a stock photo be careful because most licences don’t allow this.

  4. Thanks for this, Tracey! I’ll be publishing under pen names, so this is a big help. *thumbs up*

  5. This post was incredibly helpful. Thank you!

  6. Your article is from 2011 but the information is exactly the same. Thanks for posting!

  7. Thank you, Tracey.

    I’ve considered using pennames, but I wasn’t sure how it worked. I’ll be retweeting the post that led me here.

  8. Great post. Yes, you are limited to 3 pen names per account.

  9. Thank you Tracey for this post. But I am not sure why someone should use multiple pen names. Isn’t one name rather easy to popularize and market and build brand than working on multiples?

    • Some genres work better if you separate them. Besides, I’d rather have ten pen names flying under the radar and each earning a nice royalty, than one. I don’t desire fame, give me obscurity (with cash benefits) any day ;)

  10. Thanks for this – I have been searching for an hour trying to figure this out! Seems easy to do too….

  11. If I’m reading this right, it looks like I don’t have to open a separate Amazon KDP account for my pen name. I thought I had to do because I wanted a separate Amazon author page for my pen name, but was confused because I wanted the royalty money to go into my original account. So it looks like you’re saying everything will be okay in the same account and I can have author pages for both names.

    I wonder how that works for author rank. Do you think that would that be separate too?

    • Hi Kim,

      Yes, one KDP account to manage ALL of your books. Then as many Author Central accounts (3 pen names per account) as you have pen names. You can use your KDP details to create the first Author Central account for your first three pen names. Also author rank is per author, so yes, all authors (pen names) will have a different rank.

  12. Amy Gerrard says:

    Hi, how do you delete a pen name?

    • Hi Amy,
      You have to contact them and ask to remove the pen name. The Contact Us link is at the bottom of the page when you are logged into Author Central.

  13. Thank Tracey….it was of a great help. I could able to manage my books.

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