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Subject: Author Cleanup Questions
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 9:01 PM ET
Member Since: 7/24/2005
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OK.  I've been doing this for a while.  Each day I get on, I try to do at least one hundred authors.  But, some questions have been niggling at the back of my brain, and I thought the CMT thread had gotten a little unwieldy.  So, I thought I would ask my questions in the proper forum:

1.  If the database lists a publisher, or illustrator, or forward-writer as an author, should we delete them and write in one of the proper authors, or should we let the system go on thinking they are proper authors?

2.  No matter how hard I pound the back of my head, I can't seem to be able to get any more of those niggling questions to step forward, but I'm sure there are more, and as soon as one lets go, I'll ask it :o)

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 9:46 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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When you are working in the author cleanup box, you are only to deal with the author that is being focused on, according to Robert when he announced the tool.

Secondly, there is nothing wrong with an illustrator or forward-writer being listed in the author slot, as long as they are identified as such. We have tons of not-really authors listed, such as narrators, adapters, translators, etc, and many other databases list them as well. So, it's ok to leave them. Publishers should only be listed, if there is no other author available. Such as Betty Crocker or Sunset Publishing, the are the publishers, but also the authors.

Feel free to post here again, Al, when those little nigglies get the urge to tickle your brain, and I'll do my best to answer what I can, or find out what I don't know so that we all know ;)

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 9:57 PM ET
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Thanks Sherry!  Now, back to the grind  :o)