Follow-up to my blog post from November of last year, a small tirade about the claim made by some bloggers that using a pen name is unethical…
I have a question concerning the Ethical Author Code. I have seen statements in a couple of places online that the use of a pen name is unethical according to this code. I don’t see that myself, but I may be misinterpreting things. So my question is, Is it true that using a pen name is considered, by the Ethical Author Code, to be unethical or an attempt to deceive readers?
Orna Ross’ reply:
No, many highly ethical authors use pen names for a variety of reasons.
no worries there.
Thanks for your interest in ALLi and ethics,
This should settle things, right? Can we now all move past telling strangers that they’re being deceitful and fraudulent and unethical because the names they write under don’t match the names on their birth certificates?
FYI, what the Ethical Author Code actually says about the use of pen names (aliases):
I do not hide behind an alias to boost my own sales or damage the sales or reputation of another person. If I adopt a pen name for legitimate reasons, I use it consistently and carefully.