Oh no, I don't worry about a validater ranking my book as good if I think it
is excellent. My concern is when I have a book approved in excellent, and
then X amount of time later someone else scans that same book and has it
approved as an excellent quality, when in fact it is lower than what I did.
I wouldn't mind my book being replaced if it were in fact a superior
quality, the objection is when it goes the other way around.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Pietruk" <pietruk@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2005 6:58 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: scanners' feelings
Tiff and Shelley
Perhaps it is age, I'm in my mid 50s, but I don't leg my ego into the process worry8ing whether someone labels my excellent scan as good, et al. At first, I thought it meant something; but as a validator myself, I realize that it's generally an arbitrary decision made by another human being, and nothing more. So if validator takes my excellent submission and believes it only to be good, what does it matter in the grand schemes of things?
As for Lissi's questions, Julie pretty much conveys my feelings. And if a book sits too long on Step 1, as Cindy notes, I always have the option of self-validating which I did on a couple of Christmas books so that they would make it into the collection for the Christmas reading season.
As a validator myself, I get to know the work styles of submitters and tend to validate those who do the work upfront so to speak. So I quickly know what will need to be done, if anything, based on my experience with their work as well as comments they supply. I attempt for quick turn arounds and attempt to avoid knitpicking as, with over 600 books on Step 1, time is best spent on titles that frankly don't need much handholding. I would only spend that time on Step 1 books that I believed were special to the collection amd might not be replacible. Spending hours upon hours validating something, in most instances, makes little sense as rescanning it would be faster. Keep in mind that 5 times the credits are given for submissions vs validations which indicates where the effort ought to be placed in a priority scheme.
Just some rambling thoughts which I doubt hold much significance. To sum up, a topnotch submission requires little from the validator beyond spot checking and verification. And once one learns the work habits and tendecies of those they validate, the process becomes even more streamlined.
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