- RI, USA
- member since November 15, 2009
Greetings, Holly J! Can you tell me why my Shelfari author page looks as if it's in "edit" mode? Hope no one can "edit" my info? It's my page with Escape the Endless Night Book Extras. Please advise, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thx, L.A. Wood
Just a quick note to say that I have rejected http://www.shelfari.com/books/17874967/The-Pilgrims-Progress/editions from your Pilgrims Progress combine as it is a retelling rather than the original.
wow, I was just introduced to this site. This site should be either linked to your kindle when you buy it, or in the instructions or tips or help pages of Amazon. This is an invaluable tool, and I appreciate your work as well as the others bustin' their humps in here so we don't have a bunch of "postal" kindle owners because they can't browse anything in an order... I've been hunting for a solution to a loaded kindle that at least has collections and an archive of a ton of books but no 'identifiers'. I needed to open room on my kindle so i could collect more free books but because I was using the internet explorer, when i 1clicked to buy, the drop down menu didn't offer the cloud. I found out today that chrome, safari, and mozilla/firefox do. So that fixes the urgency to index... but leaves me with a new way to having organization, but over 3000 books to plow through from the past and 50+ to organize daily! So if I'm frazzled over just 3 months of kindle use, I can only THANK the librarians and really great members who get out there, and get us through it!!!
Note to librarians on Shelfari...need to write editors and "behind" the scenes
Since 99% of my edits are related to just my favoriate authors, I can go back and pick-up all the graphic novels easily enough - I scan through my authors regularly so I'll just pick that up on my next pass. I'm sure I have a few edits pending in the queue that remove that (Graphic Novel) and if you see them, please just reject them. And there are a LOT that are missing the (Graphic Novel) so I'll have to add those when I run across them.
On the other topic, what is the definition of contributor according to Shelfari? And subsequentley, when should contributor be utilized? Is there a discussion already created that defines all the Contributor types? I'm sure there is; I just cannot find it.
Here's the first example I ran into of what I'm confused about regarding Author vs. Contributor:
And I truley am sorry for all this going back-and-forth and my probably perceived "attitude" in my corespondance. My intentions are good, to make Shelfari better because of my edits, and to try to stay within the rules. Thank you for being patient with me, even though I'm long past a newbie and probably have develope a few bad habits...
Sorry Holly but I've been told differently by Librarians on both matters. I'm not trying to argue (although I apologize because that's how it's coming out); just following what I was previously told. On the graphic novel, if it's in a series that states it's a graphic novel, I was told that that's being redundant and the graphic novel in the title should be omitted. I know I just recently put in an edit for that reason, then noticed that the series only contained one book, removed the book from that series and the title edit should be canceled so it says Title (Graphic Novel) - I agree. And I understand creator, that's not in question at all. With respect to the author / contributor however, if an author writes a novel / novella and it's used in another publication, it should be a contributor. I've been corrected on this many times. At first I was listing all the authors of collections as primary authors (which requires Librarian approval) and I noticed that the final approval had all the authors unmarked as primary and changed to contributors. Maybe that was done in error but it occurred many many times until I stopped that practice. The last time I asked this question in the Librarians and Editors group several months back, I did not get a response, not one. In practice, I notice that if a collection contains the works of let's say 3-4 authors, I see them listed as primary authors. If a collection contains 15-20 different authors (happens a lot in science fiction books), they're listed as contributors (and generally not marked as primary). My question still is: at one point does the contribution to a collection become contributor and not author? And to clarify, I'm not talking about books, I'm talking about a collection of books.
And you can ignore that second half of my previous post. As I went back to the Amazon link to research them again, I realize that Amazon updated the title. They are now just a single book and neither a collection nor a set so the original issue is now moot. Sorry...
Hey Holly, based on a few of the edits you reversed, I believe I now understand your original question which generates a few questions of my own. Regarding Collections of various authors, there's a point when an author becomes a contributor. I've asked on a few occasions but have not received a response yet. When it's just two or three, the 2 or 3 authors are listed as primary authors. When there are a dozen of them, they're listed at contributors. Where's the cutoff? And then on collections versus sets... you undid a few where I believe they are sets of books and not collections of books. Sets of books I've pushed off to Primary Author (Other) whereas real books, a collection of an author's books I leave as Primary Author (Author). I generated a discussion on this topic in the Librarian / Editors group several months. I hope this helps answer your original question.
I get SO confused some times!
OK - reg the Volumes of Vanity Fair. It has always been my practice to never equate "part" with "volume" as the "part" is usually an audio (as in this case) which is not (or, at least, very seldom) the same as the separation by volumes for DTBs.
In addition, (sheesh), I allowed an illustrated classic to be combined with the "complete" Vanity Fair in another of your combination requests. I'll be frank - I didn't investigate it. It is just really hard for me to believe that this particular title would be reproduced for children. That may need to be separated but I will leave that decision to your more expert understanding of that particular book.
I keep messing up with your stuff. I don't know why and apologize deeply for causing such disruption.
Sheesh! It makes my head ache to even think about it.
You're a better member than I, Ms "Din"