Publishing fiction anonymously online
April 12, 2010 12:14 PM Subscribe
How can I publish my fiction online anonymously and still retain the copyright?
I've been writing these stories that contain some violence and profanity. Last night I even went nuts and started writing a sex scene. I've been thinking of putting the stories on a website.
The problem is, I have a straight job. If my coworkers saw this stuff with my name attached to it, I don't know if I'd necessarily get fired but it wouldn't be too great. And I could get fired. It has actually happened at my workplace with some incautious Web postings.
OK, no worries, use a pseudonym. But let's say that later a publisher wanted to put out a print edition. (I'll pause here to let you finish laughing and wipe the coffee off your screen and keyboard. If it helps, try to imagine an alternate universe where that could happen.)
If I use a pseudonym on the website and thoroughly conceal my identity, would I still own the copyright?
Can one publish things anonymously on the Web and still have the right to sell them and the ability to protect them?
I'd be grateful for any advice, comments, or horrifying anecdotes.