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message 1: by Jay (new)

Jay Michaelson (jaymichaelson) | 3 comments Hi,

I recently discovered I cannot claim attribution for a published work which appears here twice, the story being originally published by Circlet Press (links below) and which was reprinted in Best American Erotica 1995.

This work is currently incorrectly attributed to another Jay Michaelson who is an author on this site.

The story is "The Spirit That Denies", and first appeared in Circlet Press's "The Beast Within":

Clicking on the Author/Contributor link there takes me to this profile (so I cannot claim ownership):

(My profile is

That story was reprinted in one of the yearly BAE collections edited by Susie Bright, though there doesn't appear to by any way to claim attribution by individual contributors from this page:

I have messaged the other Jay Michaelson about this issue, though I have no way of knowing if/when they'll even ever check their messages, and have heard nothing back; I also submitted the information I'm posting here via the 'Contact Us' link, and figured if I didn't hear back in a few days, I'd go ahead and post in your forum, so...Here I am, doing so ;)

I assure you I am the actual author of that work, under this name, and if further corroboration is necessary, the much-esteemed (and increasingly famous :D) Cecilia Tan of Circlet Press can verify that I am, in fact, the author of that story.

If there's other information GR staff/librarians need, or if there is any further action necessary on my part to correct this minor oversight, please do not hesitate to let me know. I do not mind giving out further contact information to GoodReads staff upon request, though obviously I'd prefer not to post my email/phone number in a forum (and would prefer the latter not be made public).

If this is not the correct venue to address this, just let me know, and if you could be so kind as to direct me to the correct place, I'll pursue it from there, and thanks in advance for your time and attention to this matter.

Very Sincerely,

Jay Michaelson

message 2: by Arenda (new)

Arenda | 20165 comments Made a new author profile, moved the first book to the new profile:

Added the contributors to the second book. It is now also showing up on the new author profile.

You can claim the author profile via this link

message 3: by Jay (new)

Jay Michaelson (jaymichaelson) | 3 comments First off, grazie! Thanks for the amazing turnaround time!

Second, I'm now left with another question...

I entered my email on the form and claimed the author profile, which, as you said, has created a new profile, so the 64-kilodollar question now is, how do I combine my previous/current profile ( with the new one (

While I don’t mind manually re-populating the minor profile information/picture/etcetera, the notion of re-entering even the fractional number of books from my previous profile into the new one is, to put it mildly, slightly daunting for someone as lazy as myself, so...Can they be combined? Or is my current/now old profile a wipe?

Please advise, and again, thanks much for your time and for the incredibly speedy turnaround :)

Very Sincerely,


message 4: by Arenda (new)

Arenda | 20165 comments After claiming a Goodreads author profile, it can take about 2-3 business days before this is processed by Goodreads. When your claim is accepted, your user profile is 'updated' to an author profile so all information is kept.

This is not something librarians can help you with.

message 5: by Jay (new)

Jay Michaelson (jaymichaelson) | 3 comments OK, yes, I recall having read that. Enormous 'duh' on my part. Please accept my apologies for being the "annoying idiot" in this regard. Even the best of us have facepalm moments, I suppose :\

That's entirely fine, and I have no issue with waiting. I'm not going to add any further information regarding publications/books/et al for the time being then.

Again, thank you for your prompt assistance, attention, and last but most *certainly* not least, your patience with someone who is clearly not getting any brighter as they get older :D

Take care, and best regards,

Jay Michaelson

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