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Carolyn Hamilto...

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How do I change my username?
Posted: Jan 18, 2015 7:37 PM
 
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I don't know what I was thinking when I set up my account. I need to change my username to match the name on my books and Amazon Author Central account. But "edit" won't let me do that.

Should I dump this account and start a new one? or is there a way to change the name?

All advice much appreciated.
Carolyn V. Hamilton (the "real" me)
cdalebrittain

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Re: How do I change my username?
Posted: Jan 18, 2015 7:55 PM   in response to: Carolyn Hamilto... in response to: Carolyn Hamilto...
 
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Hi, Carolyn, and welcome to KDP.

Your forum handle is one of the few things you cannot change. Why? Many have wondered.

The only way around it is to set up a new account with probably a new email address. Wait! you say. Aren't multiple accounts forbidden? Yes indeed they are.

However. You are allowed to have a different buy-stuff-from-Amazon account and publish-on-Amazon account. You are also allowed to have a different post-on-forum account and publish-on-Amazon account. They key point is to make sure that you have no more than one publishing account.

It is tricky as you have to remember to switch accounts. Come on the forum with your publishing account, and you're Carolyn. Try to check your Bookshelf with your non-Carolyn account, and you'll see no books, leading to panic--but of course there will be no books, as that account never published any.

Anyway, good luck! If you want to stay Carolyn, that's fine too.
--Dale
Rose King

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Re: How do I change my username?
Posted: Jan 22, 2015 3:28 AM   in response to: Carolyn Hamilto... in response to: Carolyn Hamilto...
 
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Carolyn Hamilton Proctor wrote:
I don't know what I was thinking when I set up my account. I need to change my username to match the name on my books and Amazon Author Central account. But "edit" won't let me do that.

Should I dump this account and start a new one? or is there a way to change the name?

All advice much appreciated.
Carolyn V. Hamilton (the "real" me)

As Dale has explained, there is no way to change your username on here but you can have a second account for posting. I would like to just add a warning though; it is not a good idea to have your author name as your username on this forum. It may sound unlikely, but many people have experienced negative reviews on their books by people they have either upset on this forum or people who are jealous of either your success or your writing ability. I know it is childish, but it happens, a lot. There are currently one or two people who have discovered how to delete posts on here and are having a great time doing just that to people who disagree with them. Those same irresponsible idiots will also leave negative reviews on their books; I know that from experience. It is your decision, but at least you have the facts.
Jonathan Racioppi

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Re: How do I change my username?
Posted: Mar 3, 2015 4:13 PM   in response to: Rose King in response to: Rose King
 
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Rose King wrote:
Carolyn Hamilton Proctor wrote:
I don't know what I was thinking when I set up my account. I need to change my username to match the name on my books and Amazon Author Central account. But "edit" won't let me do that.

Should I dump this account and start a new one? or is there a way to change the name?

All advice much appreciated.
Carolyn V. Hamilton (the "real" me)

As Dale has explained, there is no way to change your username on here but you can have a second account for posting. I would like to just add a warning though; it is not a good idea to have your author name as your username on this forum. It may sound unlikely, but many people have experienced negative reviews on their books by people they have either upset on this forum or people who are jealous of either your success or your writing ability. I know it is childish, but it happens, a lot. There are currently one or two people who have discovered how to delete posts on here and are having a great time doing just that to people who disagree with them. Those same irresponsible idiots will also leave negative reviews on their books; I know that from experience. It is your decision, but at least you have the facts.

I did a search and found this thread in fear of the same thing. My amazon account is way old and has my name, however I just published my first book and would have used my pen name if I had the chance. Your post really puts me at ease, though. I certainly don't want to deal with anything childish such as that. Especially when I know my book (and my future planned one) could be considered controversial. Anyway, just saying thanks. :-)
Elizabeth Shaw

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Re: How do I change my username?
Posted: Dec 5, 2017 7:13 PM   in response to: Carolyn Hamilto... in response to: Carolyn Hamilto...
 
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Is the username the name used on the left hand corner?
Donna St Felix

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Re: How do I change my username?
Posted: Dec 5, 2017 7:22 PM   in response to: Elizabeth Shaw in response to: Elizabeth Shaw
 
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Elizabeth Shaw wrote:
Is the username the name used on the left hand corner?

The left-hand corner of what?
If you mean on these forums, the username is the name that shows on the left side next to the post.
Elizabeth Shaw

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Re: How do I change my username?
Posted: Dec 6, 2017 3:59 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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Thanks, yeah that's what I meant.

Just trying to work it out for setting up payment details and I seem to have so many name options I couldn't work out which one was the actual username! lol

Thanks
Donna St Felix

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Re: How do I change my username?
Posted: Dec 6, 2017 5:49 PM   in response to: Elizabeth Shaw in response to: Elizabeth Shaw
 
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Elizabeth Shaw wrote:
Just trying to work it out for setting up payment details and I seem to have so many name options I couldn't work out which one was the actual username! lol

Payment should go to your legal name, the one on your bank account and IRS records.
Notjohn

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Re: How do I change my username?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 2:41 AM   in response to: Elizabeth Shaw in response to: Elizabeth Shaw
 
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Elizabeth, you don't want any payments to go to your forum log-in account!

This isn't a true Amazon account -- you'll notice the website is kdp.amazon.com. The same is true with Author Central: if you use a pen name, you can set up an Author Central account under that name, as I have done for my Guide and for two other books published under a pen name, plus a third one under my own name.

However, there's nothing wrong with using your real name here. (Or indeed writing under a pen name and using that pen name here!)

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

The blog:
http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
Salamander Mall...

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Re: How do I change my username?
Posted: Dec 7, 2017 7:55 AM   in response to: Elizabeth Shaw in response to: Elizabeth Shaw
 
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Elizabeth Shaw wrote:
Thanks, yeah that's what I meant.

Just trying to work it out for setting up payment details and I seem to have so many name options I couldn't work out which one was the actual username! lol

Thanks


You use the name on your birth certificate. If you can't remember what that is or can't find the document, you can always request a copy from the County Registrar.
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