From Gary Strawn:
>Indeed. I find that most authors, when the situation is explained to them in simple and positive terms are happy to supply birth date, middle name or whatever, to avoid having their works lumped with some other person. It's the rare person who says "I don't care about the consequences, I'm not telling you anything."
From John Attig:
>And then we had one author who found the prospect of having her works confounded with the works of others to be a very attractive idea and thanked us for suggesting it!
My experience--and QBI's P-CIP operation's history--would argue with Gary only as to how "rare" the person is who refuses to divulge birth date or fuller form of name information. I think how often one experiences this refusal may have a lot to do with what sort of works one catalogs. Frankly I'm often stumped as to why some authors want P-CIP--which they have to pay for--but don't want to divulge simple information related to their names.
I have also dealt with an author or two like the one John describes: delighted with the idea of obfuscating their identity, at least to a degree. One author for whom we prepared a P-CIP record didn't want a birth date used (I forget now whether this author was concerned about appearing too young or too old for the subject matter's audience; we've had both reservations expressed) and had no middle name. This author suggested making up a middle name for the cataloging, which seems to me to be similar to the IMDb practice of assigning a number.
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