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CollectionsThe Noricin Chronicles (1), Your library (37), Currently reading (2), All collections (37)

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About meMark Sheldon is the author of the upcoming series of novels, "The Noricin Chronicles." The first installment, "The Lost Boy," is due to be released in January of 2011 on Scribd.com. Visit http://noricin.webs.com for more info!!!

About my libraryThe Norcinites, a secret race of super-humans, have been hiding in the shadows of civilization for over a hundred years. No one knows how the first of the Norcinites, Steven Noricin, came upon his powers, but they all fear what would happen if the Old Race - the Commen - were to learn of their existence. In the 1960's and 1970's, the Norcinite world was torn apart by a genocidal maniac known only as the Scorpion. The Scorpion was defeated in 1979 by Nevar Loeren, but his spirit - unbeknownst to the Norcinites - endured. Now, twelve years after the fall of the Scorpion, the warlord is regaining strength and it appears as if the fates of the Old and New Races rest on the shoulders of one twelve year-old boy, Daniel Regal, an orphan who shares a mysterious bond with the dreaded Scorpion.

GroupsAll Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, FantasyFans, Geeks who love the Classics, Group Reads - Sci-Fi, Harry Potter, Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hobnob with Authors, Hogwarts Expressshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Steve Alten, Dan Brown, Orson Scott Card, Michael Crichton, Roald Dahl, Dean Koontz, J. K. Rowling, Lemony Snicket (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingSecrets of The Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code Sequel by Daniel Burstein
The Belgariad, Vol. 1 (Books 1-3): Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit by David Eddings

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I am sorry to see you go! I do not understand what the problem with your avatar is??? I guess it makes them feel special to to tell someone what they can add as a picture to their own page! Good luck on your book.
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Where are these guidelines that you speak of written? I have read through the picture guidelines. I have read through the Terms of Use. Nowhere is this policy that you speak of mentioned. From everything I can see, this is nothing more than an elitist unspoken law, so how can I be held accountable for breaking rules that are not actual rules?

I have to say that I am very disheartened by the reception I have received by this community. Not just over the issue of this avatar, but in general. I certainly hope that not all new authors and members of this community are treated as I have been, for you will certainly have a hard time growing your community if that is so.
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I agree that your having selected this avatar to officially represent you is something of a special case and that you haven't committed any deadly LT sins in uploading it. However, it has been a long-standing policy to remove non-portrait images for reasons which, in my opinion and evidently that of whoever wrote the guidelines, are self-explanatory.
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A) Nowhere in the terms of use or picture guidelines does it state that an author's avatar is "meant to be an image of the author's physical appearance."

B) How can you say that the default picture is a more valid represenatation of myself than the image that I myself have officially elected to represent myself? That doesn't make sense.

I have done nothing wrong nor violated any rules or guidelines by using my OFFICIALLY SELECTED IMAGE as my avatar.
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I don't think it's so much about being offended but the simple fact that author images are meant to be images of the author('s physical appearance). A logo is not such an image. If an author wishes to protect their privacy, they can just leave the default picture in place.
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Thank you WhiteTigerDreams, my points exactly. :)
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Why should this avatar offend anyone enough to want to take it down? This is in lieu of the authors picture and was placed there by the author himself! It absolutely has nothing to do with copyright! But someones personal opinion! Sounds a bit dictatorial to me!
Your upcoming books sound like they will be great!
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For further clarification, I write under a pseudonym to protect my privacy. I would assume that the members of the LibraryThing community are aware of this common practice of authors. Plastering my photo all over the internet would defeat this purpose, naturally, but publicity is everything in this day and age, and so I have elected to use the image in question as my official publicity avatar, as is evidenced by the image being used in lieu of an author photo on the author page of my website (http://noricin.webs.com/abouttheauthor.html).

These points aside, it still stands that I have not violated the picture guidelines, as stated in my previous responses, so I see no justification in having the picture removed.
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Oh yes, and thank you, rybie2, for the warm welcome to the community.
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Unless rybie2 is either a stuffed hamster or a statue (as THEIR profile photo suggests), I see no basis what-so-ever for them having flagged this photo. It is not an infringement of copyright, as I am the creator of the image, and I see no requirements in the picture guidelines that the image be an actual photograph or drawing of the author.
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Not an author image.
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