How To Create The Perfect Book Submission

As the race to contribute heats up heading into the September Pledge Initiative for 2018, here’s what it takes to make the perfect book or magazine submission on Bookogs. And if we’re not aiming for perfection, why are we even here?

Sure, you can get by with minimal submissions with just the title and format, but these submissions are very limited in value. Detailed submissions that clearly differentiate one release from another are crucial to building a lasting and worthwhile database, and to get a bigger picture of how these works and editions fit together.

The following tips to crafting high quality submissions could save you time on editing your contributions further down the track, position you as an authority within the Bookogs community, and if you’re a seller, better submissions could help you shift more items.

1. Be familiar with the guidelines

Nothing gets the pulse racing like rules and guidelines. Sarcasm aside, Yeah, reading over guidelines is kind of dry, but there’s a wealth of information here that it’s in your best interest to know before you submit. Your fellow contributors and community members will appreciate it, and you’ll be better equipped to respond if there’s a question regarding your submission.

2. Have the item in front of you

It’s the first point in the guidelines (points if you knew that) but it bears repeating. Copy+pasting info from other websites, relying on memory, or some other kind of second-hand input isn’t in the spirit of the database. Since Bookogs is all about cataloging physical media, go with what’s on the item itself.

3. Use ‘Add One Like This'

Just like Copy To Draft on Discogs, this feature will save you a tonne of time when adding a similar version of a book to the database. To ‘Add One Like This’, go to the edit button on a release page, click the arrow next to it to open the dropdown menu Just make sure you remove any unnecessary fields/credits, and add all those that apply to your version.

4. Be as detailed as possible

Title and format only does not a proper submission make. Fill as many fields and add as much detail as possible so other users will be able to differentiate the version you’re submitting from other versions. If you’re submitting with a view to selling, including more details may help you attract more prospective buyers as they’ll appreciate knowing more about the item, and it will be linked to from more places, like credit, company, genre pages and more.

5. Include the Work

Much like the Master page on Discogs, Works groups together all individual editions of a particular book, story, novel, or other creative piece.

6. Use the notes field

In line with being as complete as possible with your submission, add any detail that doesn’t fit within the given field in the notes. That said, it should still be general terms about the release, not about the condition of the item in your possession. Similarly, be thorough with the submission notes, be clear where your info is coming from and give context where needed. If you’re making edits, be very clear what you’re changing and/or why.

7. Add Images

Whoever came up with the old adage ‘a picture says a thousand words’ was a smart cookie. Don’t get me wrong, a photo is not a stand-in for a data and a detailed submission, but it adds a lot of visual information, and it looks better. When you’re scrolling through the database and it’s all text with placeholder images it’s a total snooze. While having a photo of the front, back, spine and more is great, even just the cover is excellent. Check out these tips for quick and easy image uploads.

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