How to specify our publishing agency name as an author of the book? KDP propose following:
Primary author (First Name, Last Name). And this field isn't optional. Where should we put our publishing agency name?
That's a tough one. It depends on the form your publishing company's name takes. If it's built on a person's name, say Jon Johnson Publishing, then you might go with (first name) Jon and (last name) Johnson Publishing. But this is going to look a little weird.
IMO, you shouldn't use "Publishing" or "Inc.", etc., by itself as the last name. If your company's name were Golden Moon Publishing then you might list it as (first name) Golden and (last name) Moon Publishing, or better yet, just (first name) Golden and (last name) Moon (with the "Publishing" or whatever implied).
Notice that both of my examples assume a two-word main name. If it's simply Acme Publishing, then I have no idea how you should do it.
Having said all that, I would advise against trying to do this at all. First, it will look strange to readers, and second, Amazon might not like it.
Is the problem that the book was created by a team from the publishing agency and you don't want to give credit to a single individual? In that case I would make up a pen name. Then you could use that same pen name for all future team-written books.
Does that mean just the publisher name is featured on the book cover? Surely that would appear weird to most readers? Disembodied? Or do you mean, only for dictionaries, reference type books?
Edited by: resteasy on Nov 7, 2017 4:37 PM
Edited by: resteasy on Nov 7, 2017 4:40 PM
I didn't think you were asking about the cover. Yes, the examples I gave were from reference books, but the "author name" shows on the Product Page the same way it does for fiction and "non-reference" nonfiction. I thought you were asking about how to enter it, not how to design a cover.
Does your book also have an author? If so, why not do it the way KDP has it set up. You put the author name in the Author field and when you enter a publisher in the correct place in Book Details, it shows up in the Product Details on the page customers see. Check out any trad. published print book and you'll see a line in the front matter identifying the publsiher. The publisher's name usually appears at the top or bottom the spine on print books, too.
I assumed, apparently mistakenly, that you weren't planning to use an author name, just a publisher's name, which is one reason I pointed out the two well-known publishers of dictionaries. Those books don't have "authors." If the book has an author, put the author's name on the cover and title page and put the author's publisher's name in the front matter where people are used to seeing it in books.
L. L. Thrasher
Edited by: thrasherll on Nov 7, 2017 5:18 PM
corrected the word I struck through