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message 1: by J.M. (new)

J.M. Powers (jmpowers) | 28 comments Upon typing in my name, J.M. Powers I came up with this:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...

What's odd is that my name is also Jeannie..though this person only spells it without the letter i.

My question is, what does one do when there are two of the same author names on goodreads even though they are not the same person.

I search my name from time to time, and this never came up until now. Is this a new entry? There is nothing on the profile...no information. Nothing to tell who this person is.

Is there anything that can be done so my name--one and the same--is not associated with this author? Or am I out of luck?


message 2: by Deon (new)

Deon (deonva) | 3379 comments you have a different profile, you are not associated with this author.
It is not uncommon for their to be authors with the same name, and for their to be no information.


message 3: by Deon (new)

Deon (deonva) | 3379 comments J.M. wrote: "what does one do when there are two of the same author names on goodreads even though they are not the same person. ..."

spaces are added between the names,
the other J.M. Powers has 2 spaces J.M.^^Powers (^ equals space)


message 4: by J.M. (new)

J.M. Powers (jmpowers) | 28 comments Deon, thank you for clarifying. I just found it really odd that we not only had the same author name, but the same first name too. Grin.
I will keep my fingers crossed that readers won't confuse us.
I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question.


message 5: by David (last edited Jun 07, 2013 03:20AM) (new)

David (davidclowe) | 28 comments I was adding a book that wasn't on GR.

When I put the name in and checked the profile it has been added to a profile of an author of the same but are different people. I have checked the author's list of books on this profile and none of them are listed as being by her on her publishing page.

How would I go about removing or possibly separating the two authors as a librarian?


message 6: by Emy (last edited Jun 07, 2013 04:10AM) (new)

Emy (emypt) | 5017 comments Usually we separate authors with the same name using extra spaces. This differentiates their GR Author records without affecting how the name shows on the book record. When discussing this we use ^ to indicate a space

e.g.

John Smith
John^^Smith
John^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Smith
etc.

If you can link the book, we can sort that out :)


message 7: by David (new)

David (davidclowe) | 28 comments http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18...

this is the link to the book


message 8: by Emy (last edited Jun 07, 2013 06:35AM) (new)

Emy (emypt) | 5017 comments Hmm, investigating - thank you :)

Four Denise Smith-s identified and separated out.


message 9: by Cherise (new)

Cherise (cherrybaby) | 2 comments My friend published a book today and I added it into the system along with her author profile for her, but now it's linking her profile to two books that were written by a different author with the same name. I tried to fix it like you said above but somehow it isn't working.
The book is http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18...
the correct Sara Mack it should be linked to is http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...

Thank you! :)


message 10: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 41062 comments Mod
When you edit the author profile it moves ALL the books linked to it. If you are just trying to move one book, you edit the author name on THAT book's edit page.

I think it's all fixed now. I moved the other two books to a separate profile.


message 11: by Cherise (new)

Cherise (cherrybaby) | 2 comments I thought that was what i was doing... who knows! Lol
It is fixed now. Thank you! :)


message 12: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments Everytime I try to add one of my books it appears under a different author name. Here is one example:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18...

How do I get this book on my author profile?
Thanks,
Mark


message 13: by Evgeny (new)

Evgeny | 954 comments Mark wrote: "Everytime I try to add one of my books it appears under a different author name. Here is one example:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18...

How do I get..."


If there is more than one one author with the same name (and yours is not that uncommon), Goodreads uses additional spaces between first and last name to distinguish between them. The additional spaces are not visible. In your case is is 5, like this: Mark Smith. So next time you create a new book, just copy and paste your name with the spaces above, it will go to the right place.

Looks like you already have the book under your real name.


message 14: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments No, the book is listed under a different Mark Smith. This is my author profile:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...


message 15: by Evgeny (new)

Evgeny | 954 comments Mark wrote: "No, the book is listed under a different Mark Smith. This is my author profile:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/..."


You have this book on your page, as for duplicate in the link - it needs to be removed by a superlibrarian.


message 16: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments Maybe I am doing something wrong here, but I do not see the book titled: The Incredible Life of the Sea Turtle: Fun Animal Ebooks for Adults & Kids 7 and Up With Incredible Photos (Exploring Our Incredible World Series)on my profile. One of my other books about turtles is listed there, but this is not. At least as far as I can see it is not.


message 17: by Evgeny (new)

Evgeny | 954 comments Mark wrote: "Maybe I am doing something wrong here, but I do not see the book titled: The Incredible Life of the Sea Turtle: Fun Animal Ebooks for Adults & Kids 7 and Up With Incredible Photos (Exploring Our In..."

Sorry about the confusion; fixed.


message 18: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments Awesome and thanks. Is there where I go if I add more of my books and have the same problem?


message 19: by Evgeny (new)

Evgeny | 954 comments Mark wrote: "Awesome and thanks. Is there where I go if I add more of my books and have the same problem?"

Here. Remember to add extra spaces to your name when you add a book, it should work fine.


message 20: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments Thanks!


message 21: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments This one is already listed under a different author.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17...

It is supposed to be on my author profile located here:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...


message 22: by Evgeny (new)

Evgeny | 954 comments Fixed.


message 23: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments Thanks again. I may find others as I try to add my library throughout the day.


message 24: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments I seem to be having nothing but trouble with this today. All of the books located here:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...

Should be here:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...


message 25: by Evgeny (new)

Evgeny | 954 comments Mark wrote: "I seem to be having nothing but trouble with this today. All of the books located here:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...

Should be here:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show..."


Fixed. This is what you get for having a common name :)


message 26: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments Lol! and thanks!


message 27: by Evgeny (new)

Evgeny | 954 comments You are welcome! BTW, the author under the link http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/... most probably should be deleted. This is a job for Superlibrarians.


message 28: by Deon (new)

Deon (deonva) | 3379 comments Evgeny wrote: "You are welcome! BTW, the author under the link http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/... most probably should be deleted. This is a job for Superlibrarians."

There is a script that runs periodically that deletes blank (no books, no fans, no quotes, no bio) authors.


message 29: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments Here is yet another one of my books credited to the wrong author:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17...

should be under my profile here:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...


message 30: by Evgeny (new)

Evgeny | 954 comments Done.


message 31: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments thank you!


message 32: by Mark (new)

Mark (marksmith) | 15 comments Here is another.
This one appears here:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...

It should be under my profile here:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...


message 33: by Evgeny (new)

Evgeny | 954 comments Fixed.


message 34: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Collins (cynthiacollins) | 3 comments This book is a collection of stories. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18... I'm one of the authors but I need to be linked to my Goodreads author page. Cynthia Collins
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...

Can someone please fix this? Thank you!


message 35: by Evgeny (new)

Evgeny | 954 comments Cynthia wrote: "This book is a collection of stories. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18... I'm one of the authors but I need to be linked to my Goodreads author page. Cynthia Collins ..."

Done. You need to use two spaces between your first and last names to distinguish you from the other author with the same name.


message 36: by Ray (new)

Ray McCarthy (ray_mccarthy) | 2 comments #1: Ray McCarthy, an Irish written author
http://www.raymccarthy.corvidspress.com/
http://www.corvidspress.com/authors/r...
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...
https://www.createspace.com/6192144
http://www.amazon.com/Ray-McCarthy/e/...



#2: Ray McCarthy, an American Illustrator of American super hero DC comic books.
http://www.dccomics.com/talent/ray-mc...
He's not credited as a writer.
Credited as:
Inker, Colorist, Finisher, Artist, Cover


However on Ray McCarthy as Author, the American illustrator's works are listed.

There is no connection between the two Rays, one is Irish Writer and the other an American illustrator.


message 37: by Abcdarian (new)

Abcdarian | 19392 comments #36: Made a new author profile for the Irish writer: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


message 38: by Ray (new)

Ray McCarthy (ray_mccarthy) | 2 comments Great!


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