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Subject: a couple questions about editing book info
Date Posted: 3/22/2012 2:22 PM ET
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The book SOMETHING FOR JOEY is based on a screenplay by Jerry McNeely, so should his name also be included under author and maybe (Adapter) added to author Richard E. Peck's name?
 
And in genre, under Humor & Entertainment -- Movies -- Adaptations  -- Does this mean books made into movies, or movies made into books? Or both?
Date Posted: 3/22/2012 2:24 PM ET
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I don't know what an official data edit person will tell you, but I will say that if you add (Adaptor) after the author's name .... the book WILL NOT show up in the author list under "Rechard E. Peck", which is annoying when you are trying to find books.

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 7:14 PM ET
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You can put through a data edit (click on the title, then "more options" --> "edit book data") and add McNeely's name, if you like.  It should be separated by a comma from Peck's name. 

For the reason Sara stated, I would not add "adapter" to Peck's name.  He's considered the author of the book, and you want this book to show up when someone click's on Peck's name.  But at the bottom of the description, you could add that Peck adapted this from a screenplay by McNeely.  That way both names are clickable in the author box, but you've explained the relationship in the description.

We went through a lot of experimentation with the author format.  When we add a descriptor in parentheses (which we do) like Mary Colbert (Illustrator), this sets up a separate author identity from just "Mary Colbert".  If you click on "Mary Colbert (Illustrator)", you'll only see books that have it set up the same way.  Often this is fine.  But if an author has written a number of books, and then co-authored or adapted a book,  you want his name to be listed the same way on the co-authored book, if it makes any sense to do so.

We tried listing the author as "Mary Colbert, Illustrator" (comma instead of parentheses.)  This sets up two author fields, one for Mary Colbert, the other for Illustrator, which should work fine.  The problem is that the software doesn't keep the names in the author field in the same order as you originally type them in.  So a multilple author listing for "Steve Wright, Mary Colbert, Illustrator, Phil Greely, Editor" will often be shuffled around and will end up "Mary Colbert, Phil Greely, Illustrator, Editor, Steve Wright".

The best compromise was using the parentheses (no comma) to label someone who is not an author, and no label for the author, and commas between names.



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Date Posted: 3/22/2012 10:36 PM ET
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There is a very old thread set up by our very missed Sherry about guidelines for formatting.  Some of it is out of date.  But the standard formats still apply. 

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Date Posted: 3/23/2012 1:09 AM ET
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Thanks for the information.

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 1:17 AM ET
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I love that thread, Emily :-)

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 1:21 AM ET
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I miss Sherry.  Big hole in PBS.