I stumbled into an annoying little project yesterday concerning ghost/co-writers. Now, one of the ramifications of our budget cuts is that I am now responsible for cataloging adult fiction (which I love doing by the way, but I still dearly want my co-worker back).
I’m flying through our latest order yesterday when I come across a copy of “Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game” (that’s the title, it’s not actually written by Sheldon). Problem time. Our Tom Clancy books that are like this are cataloged under Clancy’s name, but the Eric Van Lustbader written Robert Ludlum novels are under Lustbader (with one copy erroneously under Van). After much discussion it turned that everyone thought everyone else knew how we were supposed to handle these, and it was time for a new project.
So now we’re cataloging these as, for example, Fiction Ludlum/Lustbader. But we’re only doing this for the books in which the author that patrons are more likely to look for (Ludlum) is not actually given credit for being an author. Thus the Womens’ Murder Club books will still be cataloged as standard James Patterson books, and likewise the posthumous V.C. Andrews ones. It’s a slightly annoying compromise, but I think it’ll work for us.
Now I just have to spend this morning tracking down 10 billions fake Tom Clancy novels. ::grumble::