Works Cited 4U: Biblio-making Just Got Automated!

The most crappy part of preparing a manuscript is the mechanical task of typing up the Bibliography page according to the specified format. For editors, it’s hell when the author sends in his manuscript and just cites the sources in whatever way he wants. The task of aligning and proofreading it according to the required standards of the publisher takes such a long time to do. Can you just imagine how hard it is to construct the whole thing (manuscript or research work) and edit its content? And then you still have to deal with this additional time-consuming task?

However taxing and tedious the task, this is the one part of the book or research that we cannot do without. This spells the difference between a properly cited piece of research versus a plagiarized one. Copyright infringement can hurt; a well-arranged bibliography is the way to ensure that your intellectual piece does not lead you to publication demise.

But gone are those days of manual hassle in typing up and creating the format on each item, thanks to four researching geniuses who decided to take the hellish repetitive motion out of creating bibliographies of any sort of citation (MLA, APA, Chicago). As of time of posting, the service is for free when you visit their website.

Check out the interface of this neat bibliography maker with this screenshot here:

Basically, it will just ask you to input the required fields for a book, periodical or any other form of research source. If you already have it stored previously, you can let the system remember it and retrieve it for you without typing the whole thing again. It will create the Bibliography format for you at any format of your choice (APA, Chicago or MLA, to be more specific!).

The output is already print ready. A little tweaking in MS Word or any word processor and voila, you have your list ready and aligned to the specified citation standard of your choice. Heck, you can even prepare three types of Bibliographies to make it friendly for all publishing platforms.

Researchers, thesis makers and editors like me may explore more on Works Cited 4 U by experiencing it directly here.

I just love online freebies for editors and writers!

My Bed Says I.M.Y.

I have a new goal: sleep at least 7 hours every night again. I was able to do it while reviewing for the board exam. That was a hectic time of my life; why can’t I do it now that I am only required to do 8 hours of work? I’m addicted to Gab, to RockMelt, to my job to everything under the sun. The downside of having reality better than your dreams is that you find it so damn difficult to get some sleep. Always uppity uppity.

This is bad; I have gotten used to sleeping for 6 hours or less. I know that’s normal for some people. My friend nurse Leah even told me before that man’s actual average hours of required sleep is only 4 hours per day. But the excess is for rest. I don’t have enough of that lately! This is really not a good habit to cultivate. I did this in college, where I maxed myself out as a college student and working girl. Often, my body had to force me to get some rest by making me bedridden with a can-no-longer-be-ignored disease!

Since I swore to live a healthy and well-rested lifestyle, I made sure I catch my zzzz’s or forty winks or whatever you call it. I started to feel the effects this afternoon. I almost fell asleep on my new baby Camille!!!! Nooooooooooo… I love what I am doing. And by far, Camille is the most spiritually rewarding of all my baby manuscripts.

Oh, I have not introduced my new babies just yet.  I have two new baby manuscripts: Camille (another Philosophy book like Peewee but much more meaty!) and Britzky Spears (bwahahaha, pangalan pa lang, ma-excite ka nang basahin ang kalalabasan!)

Frose is progressing quite steadily but surely. Peewee is in the “teething” stage between me and the layout artist for inputting those bloody red corrections I made out of it.

They were not kidding when they said that publishing is a fast-paced industry! I am now juggling them together. And two of them are due for final submission by December 15. Go, go, go for the gold says my indirect boss this afternoon. I told her: Go not just for the gold. We also go for the platinum, the silver, the bronze, etc.

And so, the platinum, the silver, the bronze, the gold and whatever I can go for in meeting these fast-paced publishing deadlines bids me to click the Publish button, Shut down my dear Gab and climb up to my soft, wide bed. Hmmm. Sounds good.

Good night friends! :mrgreen: I am so looking forward to regularizing my sleeping patterns again!

Propounding Profoundness with Philoso-Peewee

Inspired by the Mona Lisa of proofing (please see previous post entitled The Verdict for a backgrounder), I made a strict resolution to be as neat as possible with my corrections. And voila, I have a new manuscript to baby who shall benefit from this resolution. I affectionately name him Peewee. Take a look at my Peewee here:

It’s not like the Mona Lisa of proofing just yet, but it’s way better than the bloodbath I had made of Frose. Sighs. The guinea pigs we make of the firstborns shape us up, indeed.

Peewee is a philosophical manuscript which takes twice as much time to edit but is  written by a very prolific writer. He has a very rich vocabulary; I think I just had three new vocabulary words added to my brain yesterday from the first chapter alone. My favorite word at the moment, eclipsing “attenuation,” is PROPOUND (it’s a verb which means to advocate). I really think the author is propounding philosophical profoundness with the things he wrote.

I have secret pet names for the authors too, the non-derogatory type. It makes life so much fun as an editor when you have pet names for the manuscripts and authors. It makes them more… endearing. (That’s just my style; I don’t know how others cultivate their love for their jobs. But for me, this works pretty well.)

Frose, my first project, is already on its way for first editing. Meanwhile, Peewee is the second project. And a third one is on the way. I am already thinking of a good name for it. We are tasked to work on simultaneous projects, and I love it!!! I can’t imagine myself working anywhere else. :mrgreen: Assisting me in shaping up these manuscripts is Jehleen, my workdesk computer.

Babying a manuscript is a bit like giving birth. It takes six months to a year before a raw manuscript gets printed. And it undergoes so much filtering, editing and amending during that period. It was always for the better. And a book is not just an author’s work. It’s a collaboration of all the people who had something contributed to it: the editors, the illustrators, and the layout artists, among many others.

As a voracious reader, I never saw the need to bother with the copyright page and the excess fly leaf in front (what I know now to be formally called the book’s Front Matters or Prelims). I barely cared about the pagination or the fonts of the headings (although I got pissed one time with my copy of “Para Kay B” because it had missing two or three pages, and I had to guess what happened to the character then). I occasionally read the full detail of the stuff on the book cover (in publishing jargon, it’s called book blurbs) . And when I am in an industrious mood, I read the Preface (pronounced as ‘pre-fis’, not ‘prifeys’!), too.

But now, I have to care for them all, on top of making sure the content is good. It’s how tedious the whole thing is. It’s like giving birth to a child and raising it well. With titles that have more than one edition, editing is a never-ending thing.

Initially my editing style was intuitive. Sometimes, I read the words out loud and see if they “sound” right. Years of reading actually give you an idea of what grammatically “sounds” right even if you do not have the grammar book figured out to the letter.

It still is intuitive now, but I learned to be more specific with menial mechanics and syntax, too. Knowing where certain punctuations go, what specific words to use and where to slice the extremely long sentences are just some of the things I am learning to love. I must love these particulars as much as I adore intuitively editing a manuscript.

From time to time, I find myself checking grammar rules. The word comprise, for example, is often used with the word “of” after it. ‘Comprised of’ may sound right to some people, but in reality, comprise stands alone as a word. It is synonymous to the word include. Just a bit of useful grammar information that some random reader might actually find useful. 😀

Whew. Finally, it’s a weekend. I decided to take Peewee. I take my manuscripts home so that my mom and my sister can “meet” them.

My direct boss (the Mona Lisa proof from previous post was done by the bigger boss) told me last night that we editors are allowed to blog the titles of the manuscripts once they have transformed into full-pledged books. So, someday, Frose and Peewee will be called by their true and official names. Haha. But they will forever be Frose and Peewee to me.

Bigger boss (Mona Lisa of proofing) wanted to see if I can do well in editing a manuscript outside engineering field. He thinks I did pretty well on Frose, an engineering manuscript. That’s why I am hoping that Peewee also passes his standards when I submit it to him. Crossed fingers. :mrgrreen: