A lot has been said lately on such lists as Dorothy-L about author signings and in particular, authors worrying over their signatures being used for such unsavory activities as identity theft. Many book shops that advertise on the web in fact show scanned copies of said signed books, making the squeamish even more so; that even more people of low character are out there plotting to use these signatures without even buying the books!
What do we do about it? Does anything in fact need to be done about it? One person recommended signing their book signature different from their "real" signature. Yet another suggested that this was a supurb reason for using a pen name or initials instead of their given names.
Codswallop, I say! The only sure fire way to prevent identity theft is to become as famous as possible! No one's going to be posing as Stephen King and try to get a credit card. And even if they did, Mr. King would simply call the company and easily clear it up. Or some mysterious malady would off the thief in no time. Don't mess with Stephen King!
So because I would dearly love to sign my name "Jeri Westerson" in my novels (whenever the hell they get published) I will have to make it my goal to become famous. Infamous, even. Not Anna Nicole Smith infamous or Michael Jackson infamous. Eww. But perhaps Lillian Hellman infamous or even Mickey Spillane infamous. Hell, I'd even settle for Edward Bulwer-Lytton infamous. Well. Maybe not. I'd at least like the public to read the books.
(By the way, that's Jules Verne's signtature at the top of this article. Don't even think of stealing his identity! His credit's no good. Hasn't paid a bill in at least a century.)