How to Update Your Bewildering Stories Bibliography
Your “BwS bibliography” is the list of your titles on your bio page. Each title links directly to a story, poem or essay. It used to be the only index we had. Since Michael E. Lloyd’s Titles, Authors, Genres Index (under “General Indexes,” in the menu) became our primary resource, updating the list of titles on the bio page has been optional. If you would like to do it, here’s how. The gist is: please send links.
First, two notes:
New contributors automatically have their first title listed on their bio page, complete with a link. Subsequent titles and links are added on request. Some veteran contributors may have only one title to add; others will have several.
If you want to add a title to the list on your bio page, you’ll need to know in which issue the title appears. If you don’t remember, you can find the issue number under your name or by title in the Titles, Authors, Genres Index, which links to each issue.
As for the procedure, please note that you don’t have to do any typing at all; you need do only two copy-pastings for each title:
Right-click on the issue number of your missing title and do “Open in a new window.” That way, you won’t lose your place on the index page.
Copy the title and paste it into a word-processor or e-mail file.
Select the title again:
- Do “Copy link” in your Net browser.
- Paste the link into your word-processor or e-mail file.
If you were Cyrano de Bergerac and wanted to add a title to your BwS bibliography, the result might look like this:
One Small Step for a Woman...
See, no typing needed. Continue copy-pasting until you have a list of all the missing titles and links. Then send it to the Managing Editor.
Further Notes of Interest
The bibliographies on our contributors’ bio pages are maintained as a tradition and convenience. Even though the titles are listed chronologically rather than alphabetically, you and your readers can see easily what they are and open them directly. There’s an additional consideration: resilient systems have backups, and the list of titles on your bio page serves as one.
Why not allow you to update your own BwS bio page directly? That can’t be done. You could import the BwS page to your own website, but the process is more trouble than it’s worth. The easiest way is simply to link to your page at BwS. Otherwise, you can copy the information and format it yourself.
And remember: our bibliography links are internal links. For your own blog or website, you’ll need to make the titles in your bibliography external links. If Cyrano had his own blog, he would use this kind of link for chapter 9 of his novel:
<a href="http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue32/cyrano9.html" target="_blank">One Small Step for a Woman</a>
The property target="_blank" opens the page in a new window. Readers will keep their place on Cyrano’s blog page.
Personal bibliographies — that is, lists of works published elsewhere — can be included in contributors’ bio pages, within reason. In the early years, Bewildering Stories was often the only place where such lists could be posted. But times have changed; blogs and personal websites now make such lists much easier for authors to manage on their own. For that reason and, especially, time constraints, we can’t update personal bibliographies.
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