Well-put, Monica! Nicely done! Cindy -- On Sat, 7/5/08, Monica Willyard <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > From: Monica Willyard <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx> > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Tips For New Submitters > To: "Bookshare Volunteers" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Date: Saturday, July 5, 2008, 9:23 AM > Hi, everyone. We have some awesome new volunteers, and I > thought I'd > post this to let people know how they can get their book > submissions > processed > more quickly. Also, if you have a friend who isn't on > this list and who > scans books, would you please send this along? It will > help > your friend and us as a community too. > > Fast-tracking your book submission is pretty easy. Here > are five tips, > any of which will help to speed up the approval time for > your book. Doo > all five and > you'll race through like a Nascar driver. (grin) If > you have questions > about how to do any of this, please either ask on the lists > or write to > Bookshare. You can also email me directly at > rhyami@xxxxxxxxx if you're > not part of the Bookshare lists. I'm not a staff > member. I'm a > volunteer who has been around on Bookshare for over 2 > years. > > 1. Before you submit your book, take a few minutes to make > sure all the > pages are there and that there is a copyright notice in the > book. This > step is the most important because this is where roughly > half of the > books that are rejected fall down. So if you ace this one, > you're way > ahead of the pack. > > 2. Submit your book in rtf format. If you do this, your > books will have > the best chance of finding an interested validater who has > the ability > to open > your file. If you submit a book in ark, wyn, or kes > formats, only some > of our volunteers have software that can handle these > files. Almost > every volunteer > can handle rtf, and there are well over a hundred active > volunteers. > Openbook, Kurzweil, and Wyn Wizard can all save scans as > rtf files. > Just scan your book as usual and then save it as rtf once > you've > finished scanning. > > 3. Include at least a short synopsis when you upload your > book. > Volunteers are just like anyone else. We want to know > what a book is > about before we > decide to dedicate our time to processing it. You > don't have to be > fancy. Just tell us a little bit about the book to capture > our attention. > > 4. Consider putting either your email address or some other > contact info > such as which Bookshare list people can find you on in the > comments > section of > the upload form. This is only visible to volunteers and > the site > administrator and won't be made public when your book > is added to the > Bookshare collection. > Why should you do this? Sometimes books are rejected for > simple things > like 1 missing page, a missing copyright date, or confusion > over the > correct title > of the book. If the person working on your book can > contact you, he/she > can resolve the problem quickly and get your book into the > system. No > dreary > rejection notices and resubmissions. (smile) If we > can't contact you, > we have to reject books with missing pages. We don't > like rejecting > books and do all we can to make sure every book is > approved. > > 5. Send a post about your book submission to the Bookshare > Volunteers > mailing list. People don't always check the website > for new books each > day, but > an email from you will interest at least one person from > the list. As > you make friends and build up a reputation for submitting > good books, > people will > begin to look out for your work and will help you get your > book approved > even if it's not necessarily their normal genre of > reading material. > We're a > community of people who help each other and work as a big > family. We do > care about your success as a submitter, and it makes > Bookshare a better > place since we work as a team. > > So make sure your book is complete, submit in rtf, give us > a synopsis, > provide some contact info, and speak up when you've got > a new book > posted to the system. If you do this, your book will be on > the fast > track for approval, and you'll see it in the Bookshare > collection soon. > If you need help with any of this, there are a lot of > people ready and > willing to help you. Thanks for your time reading this and > for your > time scanning books for us. > > > -- > Monica Willyard > Follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/plumlipstick > Visit my blog at http://www.scannersguild.com 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.