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James Harper | 7 comments Hi
I'm the author of 'Bad Call - A Psychological Thriller' and would like to join the author program.

When you click on the name 'James Harper' you get taken to a page with lots of other books by other people called James Harper - none of these books are mine.

I'd be grateful if you could set me up with just my book.

I've also updated the cover on Amazon and elsewhere - you can find the new cover at

http://james-harper.net/wp-content/up...

Thanks for your help

James


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Abcdarian | 19392 comments I've moved your book to a new author profile, using 2 spaces between the names, which is how Goodreads differentiates between authors with the same name. You can claim that author profile by clicking the "Is this you? Let us know." link at the bottom of the page. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


James Harper | 7 comments Abcdarian wrote: "I've moved your book to a new author profile, using 2 spaces between the names, which is how Goodreads differentiates between authors with the same name. You can claim that author profile by clicki..."

Thanks for that. I am still having problems though. I just added another of my books (Cruel Comfort) which was added to the database with no problem but I got the following message:

"Sorry, you are already in the author program as James Harper and only one author profile may be claimed at a time. For more information click here."

As a result, I can't claim it as one of my books. I'm not sure what I did wrong.

I also have a problem with the first book (Bad Call) - I want to update the cover which I understood I was able to do as an author, and couldn't see any link to specifically update the cover, so I tried to delete the existing one but got an error message saying only librarians can delete covers.

Is there a way for me to change the cover myself? If not please would you do it for me with the image linked below:

http://james-harper.net/wp-content/up...

Thanks for your help


message 4: by Nanaa (last edited Oct 31, 2014 03:50AM) (new)

Nanaa (xxmzsmilesxx) | 1167 comments Although you are an GR author, you are not able to delete covers of your own book. If there are cover issues, you need to request your update on this group so one of the librarians can change it for you.
Also, when a book is published, the original cover must stay and instead an ACE (alternate cover edition) is added.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

You can make this the default (primary edition) by following these steps, https://www.goodreads.com/help/show/3...


message 5: by Nanaa (last edited Oct 31, 2014 03:59AM) (new)

Nanaa (xxmzsmilesxx) | 1167 comments Added your new book,
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
However could you please tell me the publishing date, I couldn't find it on Amazon.

My presumption to the reason why that error may have occurred is because you may have not placed 2 spaces between your name when manually adding this book?
Though I'm no expert on these issues!


James Harper | 7 comments Nandar wrote: "Added your new book,
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
However could you please tell me the publishing date, I couldn't find it on Amazon.

My presumption to the reason wh..."


Thanks for that Nandar. The publishing date was January 10, 2014 - all I've done is change the cover, but I don't know if you treat that as a new edition. At the moment it's now showing that there are 2 editions - what I'd like is to combine the two of them with the latest cover (which is the one in Amazon and elsewhere).

I'm still not sure I understand how the 2 spaces thing works!


message 7: by Nanaa (last edited Oct 31, 2014 11:42AM) (new)

Nanaa (xxmzsmilesxx) | 1167 comments Ohhh, I see what you did.
You did add your book Cruel Comfort on GR but did not place 2 spaces under your name and also you incorrectly place your ASIN number in the ISBN field, which meant that I couldn't search for it on GR. I've deleted that book now, so there should only be one edition of this book.

It's integral that you remember to add the 2 spaces to your name next time because that's how GR differentiates you and other James Harper.

At the moment it's now showing that there are 2 editions - what I'd like is to combine the two of them with the latest cover (which is the one in Amazon and elsewhere).
You can't do that for your book, Bad Call - A Psychological Thriller Even if you change cover, GR treats that as a new edition, the alternate cover edition. GR is suppose to be like a library, a virtual database for all books. Deleting original covers of books and replacing it with the new one is against GR policy.


message 8: by Shomeret (last edited Nov 01, 2014 11:05AM) (new)

Shomeret | 26 comments James wrote: "Nandar wrote: "Added your new book,
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
However could you please tell me the publishing date, I couldn't find it on Amazon.

My presumption t..."


James, has anyone explained how adding spaces to your name works? You need to put two spaces between your first name and your surname. So it's James space space Harper.


James Harper | 7 comments Shomeret wrote: "James wrote: "Nandar wrote: "Added your new book,
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
However could you please tell me the publishing date, I couldn't find it on Amazon.

My..."

Thanks guys - I might be a bit dense here, but I just want to confirm when I use the 2 spaces in my name - I assume it's only on the form where I add a new book (it's not as if my whole username etc has changed?)


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Paula (paulaan) | 7027 comments When adding books add the two spaces on the book page, they are also there on the edit page if your author profile so do not remove them from there. They do not show to the end user


James Harper | 7 comments Paula wrote: "When adding books add the two spaces on the book page, they are also there on the edit page if your author profile so do not remove them from there. They do not show to the end user"

Great, thanks Paula


James Harper | 7 comments OK, I've finally got it. Just added my latest book - Strip Squeeze (Evan Buckley Thriller, #2)- successfully. Thanks, everyone.

I wanted to add this book to the Evan Buckley series but it seems that I'm not able to do that - when I click the edit link on the series page I'm just taken to the home page.

If that's the case, would someone add the book for me please (ISBN 9781502225214).

Thanks again.


message 13: by Renske (new)

Renske | 10805 comments 12 Only librarians can edit series, not authors. I added your book to the series.


James Harper | 7 comments Renske wrote: "12 Only librarians can edit series, not authors. I added your book to the series."

Thanks Renske


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