16 thoughts on “Metadata Tools

  1. You’re so right, Elizabeth, about the need to have one author ‘message’ across platforms. It’s got to be difficult to do that, too, when you use more than one name to write. I try to be as consistent as I can, but I’m sure there are slipups here and there. The fact is, we never know which site a reader might use to ‘meet’ us, even if the statistics point towards one or another site. So it is important to be consistent.

    1. Margot–I felt in some ways I was remarkably consistent (for instance, my preference…for the most part…for staying in one particular subgenre). But in other ways, I was pretty sloppy with minute details. I’m trying harder now. :)

  2. I had never thought about the various ways a series is referred to could make that much of a difference, but I see now that it would. Airtable looks like an interesting site for building all types of databases.

  3. What a wonderful post, Elizabeth. I’ve been more serious about metadata of late as well. I took a course by Jane Friedman, offered by Writer’s Digest, and she also discussed metadata. I, too, always thought that metadata was this huge subject that I could never penetrate or understand. After Jane’s course, it all became clearer to me. I’m going to continue my education by reading the posts you mention here. Thanks for raising this issue.

  4. An interesting topic. Being new to the world of self-publishing, I’ve been hearing a lot about metadata too, so I’ll be looking more closely to ensure that I’m consistent as my future unfolds :) Thank you for sharing your tips and experiences. I’ll pop over and check the link you suggested. Have a great week.

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