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Serieses! > I'd like to create a series title to add my books to. The series is: The Star Children

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message 1: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments Hi, I read that I needed to ask a Librarian to add a series title. My series is called: The Star Children. Astrology is Book 1 and Numerology is Book 2.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...

Thank you for your help,
Liz Lovegood


message 2: by Scott (last edited Apr 23, 2019 11:16AM) (new)

Scott | 16340 comments This does not count as a series by Goodreads standards.

Also please edit your name to remove the degrees to be in line with GR policy.


message 3: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments Hi Scott,

Thanks, I updated my name, but what do I have to do to have it "count" as a series by Goodreads standards?


message 4: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments I'm working on book 3 right now.


message 5: by Scott (new)

Scott | 16340 comments A series has shared characters or settings. This seems to be nonfiction?


message 6: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments Hi Scott,

It shares the theme of spirituality and they are all lessons for children under this spirituality umbrella and are meant to be read in order for specific reasons (for them to make the connections). The main character actually is the reader as they have activities to connect what they learned to themselves.
I did a quick search, but I can search more if you'd like but I found the following nonfiction children's series:https://www.goodreads.com/series/6337... My books, like Horrible Geography, are designed to teach children about their connection with spirituality. Some of my books have characters with names, however, there's always an element at the end that ties the book back to the reader.
My Library of Congress Numbers have my books listed as a series as well. I am a certified practicing school library media specialist myself. I'm also an adjunct-professor for the school library program at Cambridge College. I also am certified to teach English grades 5-12. I'm only telling you this so you can see that I'd like to be taken seriously as a self-published author. I chose to self-publish and advertise myself because my book series is in an area that hasn't been fully explored by children's book publishing companies.
If you need me to add a description for the series, like the one for The Horrible Geography series I can.
Here's the link to the books on the Library of Congress website: https://catalog.loc.gov/vwebv/search?...

There are also different definitions for book series, especially when regarding non-fiction books. This is just one from a definitions.net: "A book series is a sequence of books having certain characteristics in common that are formally identified together as a group. Book series can be organized in different ways, such as written by the same author, or marketed as a group by their publisher."

Let me know if you need more information from me.
Thanks,
Liz Davis


message 7: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 41704 comments Mod
On Goodreads, to be a series there need to be more than a common theme. Even for non-fiction works.


message 8: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments Okay then, I want to make it clear that that's a Goodreads thing and not the rule. It is still part of my series whether or not Goodreads accepts that.


message 9: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments Spirituality is a topic just like Geography, so I guess I'm not seeing the difference.


message 10: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments "Horrible Geography is a series of books which is a spin-off of the Horrible Histories series written by Anita Ganeri, illustrated by Mike Phillips, and published in the UK by Scholastic. They are designed to get children interested in Geography by concentrating on the trivial, unusual, gory, or unpleasant.The series currently has 19 titles, including specials and handbooks."

My books are designed to get children interested in spirituality by concentrating on different aspects of spirituality: astrology, numerology, the spirit world, spirit animals, chakras, auras, and crystals.

I'm not sure how the nonfiction Geography books are so different from my nonfiction Spirituality books unless it's an issue you have with the topics of my books.


message 11: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments Please explain the difference.


message 12: by Emily (new)

Emily | 13013 comments No one has an issue about the subjects of your books. You're right, it is a Goodreads policy that we have to adhere to, no matter if we agree with it or not.

Just because there is a series someone created on Goodreads does not mean it should have been created. Horrible Geography does not appear to be a series by Goodreads definition, so I will delete it.


message 13: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments Okay. And I'll pass along the other nonfiction series I find so you can delete them too. Thank you.


message 14: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments I'll save this conversation to reference in case I'm questioned by another librarian wondering why I'm asking them to review series information. But I thank you for not treating my series any different than anyone else's.


message 15: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments I also want to make it clear to anyone reading the post that doesn't already know that anyone can apply to be a Goodreads librarian. You don't have to have the credentials, so I think, as a librarian myself, that Goodreads shouldn't be allowing people to use the title without the credentials. They should be called editors if that's what they're doing.


message 16: by Elizabeth (Alaska) (last edited Apr 24, 2019 02:57PM) (new)

Elizabeth (Alaska) | 6559 comments We maintain the GR library catalog. I feel quite certain that there are employees at my local library who do not have a degree, but we still call them librarians.


message 17: by Emily (last edited Apr 24, 2019 02:58PM) (new)

Emily | 13013 comments As a real life librarian I was confused at first by what it meant here on Goodreads, but since it is for editing "the Goodreads library" it makes more sense now.


message 19: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments I want the same treatment as the other authors on this site, so I'll work on making sure that these errors are corrected.


message 20: by Emily (new)

Emily | 13013 comments If you would, just start a new thread to list any more that you find, since the subject of this thread is more narrow. I will look at the ones you have listed in #18. Thanks!


message 21: by Liz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Liz Lovegood (starchildrenbooks) | 15 comments No problem. Thank you.


message 22: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 41704 comments Mod
Liz wrote: "are meant to be read in order for specific reasons (for them to make the connections)."

Liz, could you please elaborate on this a bit? What dictates the sequence?


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