Petition Tag - indie

1. Allow Authors to have Profiles Under Their Pen Names on Facebook

For quite a while now, author after author are having their pen name profiles blocked, suspended, and deactivated. Facebook's policy is that if it is not your legal name, then it is not allowed. However, this policy was changed not too long ago to accommodate those in the LGBT community, especially those who use a stage name (i.e. drag queens.) To allow this for one community yet denying another is unfair. The IRS knows our pen names as we supply Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, etc, with both our legal names and pen names. The government does not have a problem with it, so why does Facebook. How hard is it for Facebook to add a feature under the profiles that allows you to supply them with your legal name, yet only show your stage name, pen name, etc to the public.

The use of pen names/pseudonyms is not a new practice. Writers a variety of genres and markets have used them for hundreds of years. There was a time many women wrote under a man's name in order to have their work accepted among the masses. Many authors use pseudonyms for a variety of reasons, but the main reason is to ensure they and their family maintain their privacy. Some authors' family and friends may not understand or accept the genre they write, and Facebook is denying them the right to use a pen name. Others have careers that may be affected by their chosen genre. Or in the cases of current or retired members of law enforcement or the military they run the risk of being tracked down by individuals with vendettas. There are also people who have been victims of domestic violence, whose lives would be at risk if their legal names were revealed. Is Facebook going to protect them? No.

So as a result, Facebook is basically saying that if you use a pen name, they will not allow you to promote your product. Your marketing, they say, can only be done under a page, which by their admission, only reaches less than 20% of a target audience. Other social medias allow people to promote their brand under whatever name that brand is. For authors, that brand is their name whether it is their legal name or a pen name.

We understand Facebook is dealing with thousands of other accounts out there that are being used to harass, troll, bully, etc. other people. There are plenty of people out there with ten, twenty, one hundred accounts under a variety of names. All we are asking for is a way to have a profile under our brand name for marketing, socialization, networking, etc. If we have to supply a legal name with a pen name, there needs to be a way to ensure both names will not appear on the profile, yet Facebook can track who those accounts belong to. An author can easily supply information needed from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, etc. that confirms the pen name is legally connected to the author's real name.

So please, Facebook, stop harassing authors who are simply trying to market their product and brand while keeping their real life private. Thank you.

2. Get KRA to tour in the USA

KRA is an incredible Japanese Rock band mixing punk, indie rock, and funk all into an incredible milkshake. They move and play with such technical ingenuity and passion.

We need to see bands like this supported so they can go country hopping. This broadens our horizons as a country and stimulates the spread of culture on both ends. And the music rocks, need I say more?

3. Kings of Leon Tour

kings of leon are a fantastic band. however they only seem to tour in europe. they are an american band and they should tour here


Listen to your local or national radio, BBC or commercial. The likelihood is
that any music you hear will only be those bands which have been signed
to the big commercial labels who indirectly control many of the playlists.

If you ask local radio DJ's why they aren't playing music from the local
bands who are packing out the music venues in your area, the reason
they give is that they have no freedom to choose the music they play.
Big industry buys control of playlists.

Even the BBC marginalise independent
music to late night slots and Radio 6. Local BBC radio doesn't even attempt
to play local music.

This means that the really great bands you want to hear might never get
a break or reach a wider audience.

5. The Format Myspace Secret Shows

The Format are playing a bare 3 shows in Australia for their first time down under.

Basically, there's a whole week between the Sydney show and the Perth show and a great opportunity to play a second Sydney show on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday following the Sydney Soundwave festival.