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Favorite authors

How do I add authors to my "Favorite authors" list?

To add an author to your favorite list, search for the author, and then click the "add to your favorites link" in the Members section on the author's page. The results will show up on the author page and on your profile.

To remove an author from your favorite list, repeat the same steps.

LibraryThing Authors

Who are "LibraryThing Authors"?

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LibraryThing Authors are members who are also published authors. The LT Author program lets readers browse the personal library of their favorite authors, and lets authors connect their readers. See a blog post about it, or visit the LibraryThing Author page for more information.

I'm an author! How do I get that shiny yellow button?

Find out here.

I am interested in talking to an author. Does LibraryThing have contact information for authors on the site?

No. LibraryThing does not keep contact information for authors. If you want to contact an author, try finding an official website for that author or contact their publisher.

Author combination/separation

How do I combine two author names that are actually the same person?

Look for the "Also known as?" column on the author page. It will tell you which author names are included in that particular entry, and will suggest other author names to be combined. Because LibraryThing draws from so many different sources, it can't enforce a single name for a given author. Be careful combining names like "Anonymous", though, as it will make all anonymous works "belong" to your author as well.

What if I find an author that is actually two people who share the same name?

If a number of works are by distinct, homonymous authors you can split the author. This separates the various authors sharing a name by the books they've written. The option to split an author is in the green box on the right hand side of every author page. See Steve Martin's author page for an example.

How do I combine author names when one of the names is 'split' into multiple authors?

Check this Talk page where "author division aliasing" feature is presented: http://www.librarything.com/topic/109411#2504693

Author Pictures

How do I upload a picture of an author?

Any LibraryThing member who is logged in may upload an author picture, by clicking the "add a picture" link on an author page. Note that these should be pictures of the author, not cover art.

What are the rules about contributing photos to LibraryThing?

We take copyright seriously. See Contributing photos to LibraryThing.

Can I see pictures of all the authors in my catalog together?

Yes. Your author gallery shows you all your authors, all authors with pictures, all without, etc.

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