If you know the ins and outs of book-massage, I'll put a hold for you on whatever I submit. There. How's that. The next up will be a BSO for Hrolf Kraki's Saga, Poul Anderson. <grin> ----- Original Message ----- From: Tracy Carcione To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 7:40 AM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Hold fors Gee, thanks a lot. I guess those of us who don't ask for and get hold fors are just a bunch of careless slobs? NOT!!! It's annoying to hunt through the list, and find hold for after hold for, and on books I would really be interested in working on, too. But it appears some people have their own pet proofreaders, and the rest of us are just not worthy. I agree with the suggestion that the "hold for" should go away for a while. If not 4 weeks, then how about 8? I'm sure it would be too difficult for engineering to manage, but after a while, I'm highly tempted to just take the darned thing. I've seen books sitting on the queue for quite a while with a hold for, when all along I would be happy to proof them. But I forgot; I'm not worthy of such special books. Tracy > The point about contacting the person for whom the book is being held is a > good one. Last year, I had a Hold for up there for three weeks before I > found out about it because I don't check that list very often unless I'm > expecting something. I did know the book was coming, and had asked for it > to be held for me, but I didn't know exactly when it would be submitted. I > only learned of it because someone else, not the submitter, told me I had > a Hold for up there. > > In general, I use Hold fors quite a lot because its the only way of > ensuring that a book will actually be proofread, not just passed through > to the admin queue with the bear minimum. Even if I read through something > I submit, someone else will always find something I missed in their read > through of the book. Then there are books that I scan that I do not choose > to read through. I absolutely want to ensure that those get at least one > read through before getting into the collection. Those are scanned to > order though, so that isn't a problem, and I always contact the > proofreader so the books get picked up, often within minutes. > > I also get hold fors from others for the same reason. They trust me to > actually read through the book and make corrections. I still put books up > there without hold fors, but I often feel uncomfortable just submitting a > book and hoping for the best. > > So for me and others that I know, the hold for has become the best kind of > quality assurance. > > But there definitely needs to be good communication between the submitter > and the proofreader to make things work efficiently. > > Evan > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Monica Willyard > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 10:45 PM > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Hold fors > > > Hi Mickey. Over time, I am slowly shifting my point of view on the hold > for issue. It used to be that less than ten percent of books were hold > fors, and I was content with that level. I still think it has value and > is needed in instances like Marilyn's or when someone needs help with > fixing up recipes, charts, and such. I have seen it abused though, and > I'm beginning to think we're going overboard as a group. I don't mean > that any specific person is doing this. I think it's more of a group > drift. I was startled Sunday night when I discovered that the entire > first page of books were hold fors when I went to look at books. I have > mine set to 50, and I didn't find one single book on that page that > wasn't being held for someone. In fact, only 16 books from page 2 didn't > have holds. I don't mind it if a person is actively working on a project > or is taking the books to proofread on a consistent basis. I recognized > some of the names like Marilyn's and understand what's going on with her > holds. After some thought, I wrote to a few of the people with books > being held for them, and three of them didn't even know someone had > posted books for them. > > > > I don't have a great solution here. I'll bet we can come up with one > that works well, if not perfectly. I guess I would just ask people to > take a couple of very quick precautions. If a book is being held for you > and you find that you can't handle it, just post to the list. We > understand that life happens and would rather get the book proofread > than have you tied up in knots because you can't do it. If you are > someone who submits books with holds on them, I ask you to consider > doing two things. First, if your book is going to be held for someone, > please make a point of writing or calling them to let them know the book > is available once you submit it. Second, if your book has special needs > like recipes that need to be fixed, please note that in the comments. > That way, if your proofreader can't take on the book after some time, > Carrie could remove the hold with your permission and let another > qualified volunteer work on it. These things would keep communication > flowing for all of us. Maybe that would be enough to help us get back on > track with each other. What do you think? > > > > > > Monica Willyard > > "The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker > > > ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ > > From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mickey > Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 8:48 PM > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Hold fors > > > > Hi. I just went to get a book to validate, but I'm truly discouraged. > There are so many hold for books that I have the definite feeling that > only the ones nobody else wants are available. There are some people who > have 10 and 12 books waiting for them. > > > > I'm sorry, I'm just discouraged. Some of those books have been there for > a long time. Maybe if a book has been in the queue for two weeks, the > hold should be removed? Just a thought, and probably a very unpopular > one. <smile> > > > > Not trying to be destructive, only trying to get books out there. > > > > Mickey > > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.