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Emma Kathryn

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Author with the same name
Posted: Feb 8, 2018 4:26 PM
 
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I don't want this author who has the same name as me to get her books involved in my account, and vice versa. I was well-forewarned of the problem- like so many others out there, I share a name with someone who's already published on Amazon. After reading all the online advice about what to do about this (including some posts on this forum from a few years ago), I followed it. I made sure I typed two spaces between my first and last names when entering details for my KDP ebook, and when entering my name in Author Central. No good- Amazon have converted it to one space. Any advice?

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Diana Persaud

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Re: Author with the same name
Posted: Feb 8, 2018 4:44 PM   in response to: Emma Kathryn in response to: Emma Kathryn
 
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Choose another name. Or a variation of your name.

Example Emma K. LastName
Or K. LastName
Or come up with a pen name.

I don't know who advised you to add extra spaces between the names. Have you ever typed in extra spaces in order to find anything online?
Emma Kathryn

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Re: Author with the same name
Posted: Feb 8, 2018 6:07 PM   in response to: Emma Kathryn in response to: Emma Kathryn
 
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That is the advice from all the online sources I have found, from chat groups and the GoodReads headquarters alike. Leave two spaces between your first and last names. No, people won't search for your name by leaving two spaces, but apparently it's used in the system to differentiate between people with the same name. At any rate, I can't change my name. The cover has been designed and uploaded now with my name on it. I'm in too deep. Also I've been working for years as a spoken word artist with this name- and published on various websites with this name- and promoting the novel for months with this name. When I found out there was another author with my name, I researched months ago what to do. On the eve of my publication there's this strange technical problem :( Does anyone know what to do? :)
cdalebrittain

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Re: Author with the same name
Posted: Feb 8, 2018 7:19 PM   in response to: Emma Kathryn in response to: Emma Kathryn
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Spaces between names isn't going to do it, as you've discovered.

Here Author Central is your friend. (authorcentral dot amazon dot com)

After your book is published, set up your AC account. "Claim" your own book. If the other author's books come up, un-claim them, "This is not my book." The bots will figure it out, though it may take some training.

For a while classic Vera Brittain books came up with mine. There's a Stephen King (real name) who publishes as an indie through KDP. It can be done. Good luck!
booknookbiz

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Posted: Feb 8, 2018 9:16 PM   in response to: Emma Kathryn in response to: Emma Kathryn
 
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Emma Kathryn wrote:
That is the advice from all the online sources I have found, from chat groups and the GoodReads headquarters alike. Leave two spaces between your first and last names. No, people won't search for your name by leaving two spaces, but apparently it's used in the system to differentiate between people with the same name. At any rate, I can't change my name. The cover has been designed and uploaded now with my name on it. I'm in too deep. Also I've been working for years as a spoken word artist with this name- and published on various websites with this name- and promoting the novel for months with this name. When I found out there was another author with my name, I researched months ago what to do. On the eve of my publication there's this strange technical problem :( Does anyone know what to do? :)


I'm sorry, Emma, but, sorta like "pet caimans flushed down the toilet grew into 10ft-long alligators living in the sewers" (this was a big one when I grew up in the city) this, too, is urban myth. That's because, in HTML, two spaces in sequence don't exist. The second space is ignored. That means this doesn't work, and never could work. Simply couldn't.

So, I second the recommendation that you talk to Author Central. And, I would consider changing up your name, to something quite different than your fellow author.

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C. Gold

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Re: Author with the same name
Posted: Feb 8, 2018 11:42 PM   in response to: Emma Kathryn in response to: Emma Kathryn
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Like others have said, spaces don't matter. Can you add a middle initial that is different from the other author in the future? Also, how popular is the other author and are they in a different genre but one that wouldn't freak out people who search for your name and get their books? Eventually, if you are more popular than the other author, your name will be at the top and it might not matter as much.
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Re: Author with the same name
Posted: Feb 9, 2018 5:30 AM   in response to: Emma Kathryn in response to: Emma Kathryn
 
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Did you solve it? all the answer seems good for your problem
wellhouse

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Re: Author with the same name
Posted: Feb 9, 2018 6:01 AM   in response to: Emma Kathryn in response to: Emma Kathryn
 
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I also have a name already owned by a well-known and successful author. I added my middle name to make a distinction. Then I added a pic to my book pages cos famous author and I look quite different. I now state openly on my amazon pages that famous author and I are not the same person and please don't buy my book if you think I am famous author. Nonetheless, some people still buy my books thinking they are by famous author and then leave stinking reviews. Fundamentally, I made a mistake and should have written under another name. One reader even claimed that I was making money on the back of famous author's name. I have written 6 novels, which took 12 years to write and wrote a complaint to amazon. In all fairness, they removed the review on the grounds that it was libellous. I now live with my error but in retrospect. it was a BIG error! That's life, folks!
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