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Hello, Jolwalton, 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:

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! - Chavey 20:24, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Your author update; book submission.

I accepted your author update on your legal name, although I reformatted your legal name as "Walton, Joseph Churches Lindsay", since that's the format we use. I also took the liberty of adding your Wikipedia page and birth date to your author info as well. You suggested in that submission that we combine "Jo L. Walton" and "Jo Lindsay Walton" on the same author page. That happened semi-automatically with your submission of "Newb Maps of Hell". I changed the author of that book to "Jo Lindsay Walton", since that's the way it appears on Amazon's cover image, then set "Jo Lindsay" to be a pseudonym for "Jo L.", and now both author names will appear on your author page. (I also added a cover image and some other detail to that book's page.)
One question about "Newb Maps of Hell": The summary that you included, which is also on Amazon, makes it sound like a collection of reviews and other essays, in which case we would want to list it as "Non-Fiction" instead of as a "Collection". Am I interpreting this right? As an aside, I'll mention that I enjoyed the various statements on your blog that "I'm probably not the Jo Walton you're looking for." I'll admit I was a bit confused by the name change, since I'm currently reading "My Real Children" by the *other* Jo Walton :-) Chavey 21:04, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

THANKS! Yes, Newb Maps of Hell is a collection of reviews & essays so it's in the right place. I guess the review of Mind Seed should be with the other reviews, since it's not really any longer or anything :)Jolwalton 07:42, 10 May 2016 (UTC)
Just FYI, the review was an essay (an so appeared in a different place on your author page) because, at the time of the entering of the issue of Interzone (by me), the anthology was not in the database so there was no record to which the review could be linked. Hauck 12:59, 10 May 2016 (UTC)

"Mind Seed" anthology

I accepted your submission for this anthology, although I had to replace the cover you submitted. That image was from Lulu, and we don't have their permission to deep link to one of their images. We do have that permission from Amazon, so I substituted an Amazon image for the Lulu one. I also added some additional data to the book, including the contents. Chavey 21:06, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Mind Seed Review

Hello, I've approved your submission for "adding" this review (note that it's useless to submit the same data twice). There was some other changes to make (deleting the initial essay, deleting the corresponding title), I've made them. Note also that as this issue of Interzone was Primary Verified (in this case by me), you should have notified the verifier of the changes that you intended to make. Hauck 12:56, 10 May 2016 (UTC)

The Long + Short

Hello Jolwalton. I had to reject your submission for the following reason : nongenre magazines are OK as long as a particular issue contains genre material. In this case, your submission didn't indicate 1) the date of the issue, and 2) any content at all. See how it is done here or here for instance. Please try again ! Linguist 10:12, 13 August 2016 (UTC).

Cheers, will take another look at it! Jolwalton

Vector 287

I approved your submission for Vector. I had to delete the "ISBN"; magazines don't have ISBNs, they have another sort of ID that isn't used in our data base. You need to check the authors; some of the names may be pseudonyms, and those need to be made variants of the canonical names. Since this appears to be a "best of", you might also check the stories themselves to see if they appear elsewhere in the data base. I assume you got the data for this pub from a copy of the pub itself that is not permanently in your possession. That's perfectly fine, but if that isn't the case, you need to note where the information came from. You might add to the notes section; I frequently add information like if the pub has covers (not just pages used as covers), if it's perfect bound or stapled, if the page numbers include the covers (the total number of pages for magazines should include the front and back covers, even if the page numbering does not include them), etc. I think you did a good job on this entry, and I hope you continue to gain experience and confidence in your work for the ISFDB. Bob 20:45, 9 September 2019 (EDT)

Thank you for the feedback and the tips! Jolwalton
One more thing. I now notice that there are a lot of reviews, and some of them appear to be reviews of films or other non-pub items. The ISFDB considers reviews to be reviews of genre publications only. Reviews of films or other items should be entered as ESSAYS, such as "Review of the film 'The Last Jedi'". If a review of a genre pub is not in the data base already, you should then enter the pub into the data base with whatever information you have from the review itself, then tie the review to the newly entered pub. Sorry I missed this yesterday! Bob 16:11, 10 September 2019 (EDT)
I have by mistake connected the review for 'War for the Planet of the Apes' to the novelization by Greg Cox in the process....--Dirk P Broer 05:32, 12 September 2019 (EDT)
I did what Bob suggested that you should do, just to get rid of all these long maintenance lists. I hope you like the result.--Dirk P Broer 09:34, 18 September 2019 (EDT)

Vector 288

Sorry I submitted this twice -- the first time I had the format of the contributor names wrong.

Please note that the Sean O'Brien is a new author, a different one from the one listed.

Jolwalton 16:42, 12 June 2020 (EDT)

I rejected the first version and approved the second. Some questions /comments:
  • The first entry had Polina Levontin as well as yourself as the editor where the second only had yourself. Was that intentional? The above only refers to the format of the names.
  • We disambiguate authors per these instructions. I used the roman numeral option. If there is a better form, let me know.
  • The issue number should be on the title, not in the series number. These is due to the way the software handles magazines.
  • We can only use image links to sites that have explicitly given us permission to do so. Are you in position to give us that permission for the site?
  • The reviews are missing page numbers.
Thanks for adding this! -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:05, 14 June 2020 (EDT)
I also approved Vector 289. The only additional comment is that we standardize capitalization (see "Case" at Template:PublicationFields:Title) to avoid multiple forms under different capitalizations. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:13, 14 June 2020 (EDT)
Hi -- thanks for your work and for the tips.
  • Yes, (aka is our site, and I'm happy for ISFDB to link to its images. Is there a procedure for giving formal permission?
  • I definitely didn't mean to leave my co-editor Polina Levontin off 288! Sorry, very dumb of me
  • Hope I'm doing this right, posting a response on your talk page ...
(talk) 09:48, 20 June 2020 (EDT)
I will let Ahasuerus know you gave permission for the image linking. That should be sufficient. I added Levontin to Vector 288. I did move your post from my page over to here. Not a big deal, but we like to keep conversations together. It makes it easier for others to follow if there is a future need. Thanks for responding. -- JLaTondre (talk) 08:25, 21 June 2020 (EDT)
The ISFDB software has been updated to credit "Vector" when displaying files hosted by The hyperlink goes to I have also re-added the image to Vector 288. Hopefully everything looks OK.
P.S. Is this EDITOR record supposed to credit Polina Levontin in addition to Jo L. Walton? It looks like her name may have been lost when setting up variant titles. Ahasuerus 15:07, 21 June 2020 (EDT)
Yes, that was my fault. Fixed. Thanks! -- JLaTondre (talk) 16:42, 21 June 2020 (EDT)
Brilliant, thank you :) --Jolwalton 15:30, 26 June 2020 (EDT)

Vector essays in series

Hi Joseph, I've put several Vector essays from #287 and #288 into pre-existing series, ie. Resonances, Foundation Favourites, Kincaid in Short and Torque Control. Hope I haven't jumped the gun because you were planning on doing this yourself, but I've just saved you a job. :) Thanks. PeteYoung 05:11, 15 June 2020 (EDT)

Thank you! --Jolwalton 09:50, 20 June 2020 (EDT)

Vector 288

I removed the image from your verified pub Vector 288, since the ISFDB does not have permission to use that image. If you wish, you can contact the image owner and ask for such permission, then notify the moderators that you have obtained it. Bob 20:36, 16 June 2020 (EDT)

Bob, see the section two above. I was giving him a chance to respond before removing as he is the editor of the magazine. However, no harm done. -- JLaTondre (talk) 21:33, 16 June 2020 (EDT)