Help me. I'm so confused and have too many names.
I'm working on a couple of books that will allegedly be published. They're for small independent publishers. I'm illustrating them.
I made the majority of my work, and acquired the tiniest following under my maiden name. Now that I might actually start earning money from it, the income will be taxed, under my married name. I'm trying to communicate this to my publisher, who keeps calling me "Leslie".
And if I were to open an etsy shop to sell art, I'd like to keep it in my maiden name. But the money would go to my married name. Is this allowed? Do artists function under nom de plumes? I even toyed with changing my whole "brand" to MAB, my married name in initials, which happily also spells the fairy queen from Shakespeare. What do you think? Mary-Anne Leslie is such a long handle. Would MAB be better? Like Mary Englebreit, who signs everything ME.
Unfortunately MAB is short for Mary-Anne Belich, and Belich is such an awkward sounding name. Am I way overthinking this and confusing everyone?
The hyphen in my name might also be throwing off search results etc. Although maybe it's narrowing them down in a good way. It's unique, and my da page is coming up as one of the first results from googling. Thank you for indulging this little conversation I'm having with myself.
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