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Hello, Jdcowan, and welcome to the ISFDB Wiki! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

Note: Image uploading isn't entirely automated. You're uploading the files to the wiki which will then have to be linked to the database by editing the publication record.

Please be careful in editing publications that have been primary verified by other editors. See Help:How to verify data#Making changes to verified pubs. But if you have a copy of an unverified publication, verifying it can be quite helpful. See Help:How to verify data for detailed information.

I hope you enjoy editing here! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will insert your name and the date. If you need help, check out the community portal, or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome! -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:26, 14 May 2018 (EDT)


I accepted your recent additions, but they required a lot of work to bring up to ISFDB standards. Please review the help in the welcome message above as well as compare your submissions (My Recent Edits) with the current versions. We welcome authors adding their own works, but we expect that all contributors will enter data per our standards. ISFDB has some conventions that need learning, but everything should be in the help links in the welcome message above. We hope you will continue to contribute. And please let us know if you have any questions (ISFDB:Help desk is a good resource for asking). -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:26, 14 May 2018 (EDT)

Your submissions

Hello. Just a heads-up that I updated a few of your submissions to correct some minor errors: for example, always make sure to add source of data into the notes; ASIN's are generally for ebooks, not paperbacks (I've removed that one); I regularized the publisher of your self-published works to JD Cowan, as that was already in the database (and that's how we do that for publishers); corrected a date mixup where you had the ebook pub date instead of the tp pub date. Regards, MagicUnk 15:37, 26 September 2020 (EDT)

Corona-Chan: Spreading the Love

Hello again. I'm afraid I've had to reject your submission as there are quite a few issues with it.

  • You tried to update the ebook edition to a tp edition, which would result in the loss of a valid pub record; you should have cloned the ebook publication instead, and make that a tp edition.
  • You added all contributing authors into the authors multi-field. However, for ANTHOLOGY (and COLLECTION too), we only record the editor(s) in the author(s) field. Probably David V. Stewart is both the editor and publisher of this ANTHOLOGY, yes?
  • ASIN/notes are inconsistent with your other edits
  • No data source is stated

It would be too much effort to try to salvage your effort, and at the same time rectify the issues as indicated above, hence the rejection (sorry about that).
If you still want to add the paperback edition, do use the clone feature - it can be found in the left-hand menu when displaying the ebook edition pub record, and take into account the comments above. Also, do clearly state the source of the data. Only if you would have the book in hand, and all the data can be found on or in the book, then you can leave out the source, provided you primary-verify the book (this way you indicate that you have verified the data as being accurate against a copy of the actual physical book). Hope that helps. Regards, MagicUnk 15:52, 26 September 2020 (EDT)

The Pulp Mindset

Hello. I've accepted your submission, but made the following changes:

  • Removed the ISBN as that was for the tp edition
  • Removed page numbers and pagination, as that is rather meaningless for ebooks
  • Added Amazon's ASIN

Same for 'Someone is Aiming for You & Other Adventures'. Regards, MagicUnk 14:24, 27 September 2020 (EDT)

Cirsova #4 and #5

I approved you submission for Cirsova #4, but you need to make a correction and variant one story. You give the translator as an author of "The Meeting". That is not correct procedure; the translator should be credited in the notes for the story and/or in the notes for the magazine. And the author Darren Goosens should be varianted to his cannonical name, that is the name chosen in the data base as his basic name. In this case, Darren's cannonical name is "Darren Goossens". Bob 20:29, 30 September 2020 (EDT)

In your PV for Cirsova #5 I corrected Jeffrey Scott Sims to Jeffery because Amazon search found that's the name on the story title page (and also the name on every other credit he has on ISFDB). --Username (talk) 12:53, 12 July 2023 (EDT)
I moved the note about this from the note-to-the-moderator on the corrective submission to the pub's notes. If you can confirm this in your copy, please adjust the note to reflect that. Thanks --MartyD (talk) 16:57, 24 September 2023 (EDT)

Pulp on Pulp

I accepted your addition of Pulp on Pulp, but has to make some changes to match standards:

  • Pages: We do not enter a page count for ebooks. You can add it to the pub notes if you desire.
  • ASIN: The ASIN belongs in the external ID section and not in the ISBN. The ISBN field should only ever be an ISBN.
  • Capitalization: We standardize the capitalization of titles. See Template:TitleFields:Title.

Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 08:50, 24 January 2021 (EST)

Garamesh and the Farmer: A Fairy Tale

I accepted your addition of Garamesh and the Farmer: A Fairy Tale, but changed it from a novel to a chapbook. This is short fiction per Amazon so we use the chapbook designation. Novel is for anything over 40k words. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:15, 24 January 2021 (EST)

I also changed Voices of the Void to a chapbook based on its length. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:20, 24 January 2021 (EST)

Non-Genre Works

Please see the ISFDB policy on what is included. As the The Keys to Prolific Creativity, Dreamers & Misfits: The Definitive Book About Rush Fans, and Don't Give Money to People Who Hate You submissions are not within our inclusion policy, I have had to reject them. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:43, 24 January 2021 (EST)

Amazon cover image URLs

Please review the last bullet point under Amazon on the Help:Screen:NewPub page. When using Amazon URLs for cover images, be sure to remove the formatting information from the end of the image name. For example, if the Amazon URL is "[1]", you should enter it as "[2]" (remove the "._SCLZZZZZZZ_SX500_" part). Please let me know if you have any questions. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 13:12, 15 September 2022 (EDT)

Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat, Vol 2: The Heat of the Chase


Are you sure about the date of this one? has it as 2022-11-01 and not 2020-11-01 and considering where and when these stories were initially published, that makes more sense than 2020. Where is your date coming from? Thanks!

PS: I also did some merges of the stories you added, added an ASIN, a price and ordered the stories. Feel free to change anything that needs changing. Thanks for adding the book Annie (talk) 13:03, 20 December 2022 (EST)

Serial vs. Series

Regarding this submission and this submission: Are these a serial (a single story published in parts) or a series (connected stories)? If they are a serial, then they should both be varianted to a common title of the appropriate type (novel, novelette, novella, short story) for the combined work. If they are a series, than they should be changed from serial type to the appropriate shortfiction type. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:27, 28 December 2022 (EST)

Magazines dating


Can you clarify where the date for this magazine came from (and I can see similar dates in a few others in that series that you own)? Unlike books, magazines are dated not based on when they are made available but based on the cover date. Any other date needs a note explaining its provenance and we do not use dates for that (so you need a publisher date for example). Please review the section "Dating Periodicals" in the help page for more details. For this magazine, the relevant rule is: "For cover dates that cannot be assigned to a specific month, use the year only. E.g. "Spring 1943" should be entered as "1943-00-00"." Thanks! Annie (talk) 17:30, 14 July 2023 (EDT)