Project Template Generator

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As of August 13, 2013, all new projects should use the NEW Project Template Generator which you can find at this link:

Tips for Using the New Project Template Generator

There is also a Instructional Video on YouTube.

  1. Choose the language for this form from dropdown to change from English if desired
  2. Fill in the template as completely as possible
    1. Title - Enter the project title (generally the title of the book)
    2. Compilation Check Box: If this project is a collection with different text sources and authors, check yes. (For more detail, see Projects with Multiple Authors)
    3. Link to text: Enter the link to the text you plan to use. See format notes below.
      • Gutenberg links should point to the main download page for the book (, where xxx is the Gutenberg project number).
      • links should point to the page for the book. Do not use the link to a specific file format.
      • If you don’t have an online text link (you are reading from a hard copy), then enter “no online text available” or “N/A” in the text link field. This field cannot be left blank or you will get an error message when you try to submit this form.
    4. Type of Project: Select the appropriate choice from the dropdown
    5. Target Completion Date: Use the dropdowns to select a date (this line doesn't show for group projects)
    6. Recorded Language: Use the dropdown to select the language in which this project will be recorded. (If you want the template to be in a different language, use the dropdown in the upper right corner for available languages!)
    7. Information about the Author(s)
      • Enter the beginning of the author’s last name to activate the dropdown list.
      • If the author appears in the dropdown, select from the list.
      • The birth and death dates and wiki link will automatically be filled in if we have this information in the database.
      • Do not try to change information on existing author records. If you think something is wrong, discuss it with the MC who picks up your project after it’s posted.
      • If you have trouble scrolling through the list, you can click back in the last name field to add more of the author’s name to minimize the hits.
      • Use the page down key to move down the page to see additional names as needed.
      • If you accidentally choose the wrong author from the list, use the X to delete this entry, and then Click the Add Another Author button to get a new author entry form so you can re-pick from the list.
      • If the author or the author’s pseudonym is not in the list, fill in the fields with as much information as you know.
      • If the entire source text is co-written by multiple authors, you can use the "Add another author" button to enter the additional author(s). Some authors often worked as a team, and can instead be treated as a single author (like Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm).
      • If the source text combines works by multiple authors into a single book or magazine, select either "Various" or the editor/compiler of the text, as the project author. (You can later add the author of each work to its section title in the Magic Window, and include it in the section intro.)
      • If the project combines texts from multiple sources (i.e., you checked the "collection" box), select "Various" as the author. (You will need to add the author of each text to the section metadata in the Magic Window.)
      • See Projects with Multiple Authors for more information on projects with multiple authors.
    8. Information about the Translator(s)
      • If this book has been translated from its original language follow the same procedure to enter the translators.
    9. Additional information about the Work
      • Copyright year of the edition to be used for the recording: Enter the copyright date of the text to be provided to readers. This may not be the original date of publication.
      • Brief summary of the book: Provide a short description for the catalog page. It's best to keep this relatively brief so that it won't doesn’t give away too much and will fit nicely on the catalog page and the back of a CD cover. This can be amended later if you haven’t read the book yet! It must be in the public domain. (No summaries from Amazon, Wikipedia, or other similar web sites. We also do not allow those made with artificial (nonhuman) intelligence technology: computer-generated content, machine learning, language models, and similar technology.)
      • Summary by: Indicate who wrote the summary.
      • Link to book on Wikipedia: If there is a Wikipedia page for this book, enter the link here.
      • Original date of publication: Enter the date this book was first published.
    10. Selecting genres: A new list of genres is available.
      • Please select the most appropriate one (or two at the most) from the dropdown menu.
      • Here again, to move down the list, use the page down key if scrolling doesn’t work in your browser.
      • If there is an arrow to the right of a category, that means there is a sub-menu. Hover your mouse over the category to see additional choices.
      • Click on the genre or subgenre to select.
      • (Note: Nonfiction is at the bottom of the Fiction list. All the nonfiction subgenres are in a separate dropdown which appears when you put your mouse pointer over Non-fiction. You will need to page down again to see all the whole nonfiction menu.)
      • If you change your mind, you delete a genre by clicking the little x in its green box.
    11. Keywords:
      • you can enter as many keywords as you like, but more than 6-8 is probably excessive.  :)
      • Hit return after each keyword or phrase.
      • Keywords will be added on the page and will be also now be searchable in the new LV catalog.
    12. Additional information about the project:
      • Level of proof-listening required:
        • Use the dropdown to select the appropriate level of proof-listening for this project. (Most projects use standard.)
        • See this post for more info about the different types of proof-listening, if you are unfamiliar with the process.
      • Is there a preface or Introduction?:
        • If the book has a lengthy preface or introduction that will be recorded separately from the first chapter/section of the book, choose yes. This will number your sections starting with 0 rather than 1.
        • If there is (i) no preface, (ii) you plan on including it with Chapter 1, or (iii) you do not plan to record it, choose “No”. This will number your sections starting with 1.
      • Number of sections:
        • Enter the number of chapters in the book or sections in the project that you think you will need. Include one for the preface if there is one.
        • This number can be adjusted later on.
    13. Information about you (if you are a first time soloist)
      • What is your forum username? Enter the username you use to log on to the LV forums
      • How would you like your name credited in the catalog? Enter the name you would like associated with your recordings on the catalog page. This can be the same as your username, your real name or a pseudonym of your choice.
      • Personal URL: If you have a personal website or blog that you would like linked on your catalog page in the new catalog, enter it here. PLEASE no commercial websites of any kind!
  3. Submit the form.
    • Click Next to to generate the forum code which you will need to copy and paste in a new post in the Launch Pad on the LV forum.
    • There is a link at the top of the page with the code to the forum. Click this link to go directly to the Launch Pad.  :)