Short story collections - Adding contributing authors
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When adding the authors of each story in to the work details do you think they should be listed as authors or as contributors?
It seems to me that they have contributed to the collection, rather than co-authoring the whole book, but I might be missing the meaning of contributor in this instance :)
To be honest I do not put the authors of each short story into that field. I just list the story titles and authors in the comments.
I have harboured the long-term hope that LT will have a good way to deal with short stories (which will allow combination, comments, reviews, tags etc on each short story as well as list all books that short story appears in and other things). From recent comments, and the direction of recent changes, that hope looks as though it is less in vain than it did previously. So I'm for waiting.
3> Same here. I have tons of anthologies and short story collections (nineteen of just Dozois' Year's Best SF). From Tim's comments, I get the feeling this is going to happen sooner (like, maybe in the next year) rather than later (like in "two weeks").
That’s my hope too, but I figure that being able to add all the authors to the work is at least a step in the right direction, so as I read them I'm going through and adding the authors, hopefully it'll become a useful addition later!
#2 Oh good I'm glad someone else is backing me up and I wasn't overly confused but the meaning. I'll continue to use contributor and hopefully one day all of these will be listed correctly on the author page, instead of having short stories seperated out of the works they where printed in.
I list title and author in comments - but went back and added the authors as contributors once that feature was available. I figure this would have to be done before any "next step" could happen - one of these being some place to enter the contents too.
I had hopes that the contributor piece would eventually be seen on the author page in a similar fashion to works -which would at least stop people "faking" a works entry for short stories not otherwise published separately.
Just started reading the postings in this group after being attacked in a group by the flag police and being accused of trying to change LibraryThing to suit myself to everyone else's detriment. That was my clue that there are directions hidden here and there, including many in plain sight that didn't exist when I first started using the site. I can see how trying to clean up millions of entries can make one a bit touchy. So I am trying to do better.
About "Contributors": I am happy to see a definition of how it is intended to be used. And really happy that it makes sense to me.
There are the authors who are listed as "with" or "as told to." When adding a book to my acquisitions, I noticed one of these authors listed as contributor. Having a little knowledge of what a "with" or "as told to" author contributes, I changed the person to "other author" status. I realize I will need to go back on a few of my entries and change "other author" to contributor, such as an art book that has essays by several people.
It is a comfort to this septuagenarian that there are errors so easily corrected. One only needs time. Oh dear.
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