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A Review of Microsoft Office 2010
A Review of Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft has made some changes to its Office suite of programs. This podcast, written from a clear, concise, non-IT perspective, will update you about what has been removed, added, or changed.

Examples of Dedications
Examples of Dedications

You want the dedication to mean something, but how do you make it work? There are lots of options, from simple to complex and from formal to informal.

How to Write a Dedication
How to Write a Dedication

You have finally completed your novel, but now you have to decide who to dedicate your work to and which style of dedication is most appropriate. This article will help guide you through the process of writing a dedication.

Example of a Synopsis
Example of a Synopsis

The synopsis is written with the express purpose of enticing a potential agent/editor to accept your manuscript for representation or publication. For your synopsis to be effective, your writing needs to be concise, clearly organized, and evocative of both your target genre and your own unique voice. You are not only selling your manuscript but also selling yourself as a writer, so it’s important that your synopsis be free from grammatical and spelling errors.

What is Back Matter?
What is Back Matter?

Just as front matter is what you find at the beginning of a book, back matter, simply put, is what you find at the end of a book—the sections that appear after the central story has been completed. These sections of back matter are often supplementary in nature, and often inform the reader about some aspect of the book.

How to Write a Preface and a Foreword
How to Write a Preface and a Foreword

Are you thinking about writing a preface for your book or have you been asked to write a foreword? A preface is a brief introduction (link) written by the author, as opposed to a foreword, which is an introduction written by another person that usually comes before the preface.

Webinar: How to Write a Novel
Webinar: How to Write a Novel

Bryan, Scribendi.com's Senior Editor and a published writer, discusses how to write a novel in this webinar. Bryan delved into setting, character, conflict, and structure. He also introduced some of the important elements of a novel, such as theme, tone, and dialogue. Finally, he pointed out the importance of genre, audience, and literary conventions.

Front Matter Podcast: What it is and Why it is Important
Front Matter Podcast: What it is and Why it is Important

Maybe you've flipped through the first few pages of a book and wondered what all that information is about, or maybe you've always just skipped those pages. All the material that appears at the front of a book before the actual content is called front matter, and it actually contains some very important information! To learn more about front matter, please listen to our podcast.

Short Stories: Wondering How to Fit Your Big Ideas into a Small Space?
Short Stories: Wondering How to Fit Your Big Ideas into a Small Space?

Scribendi.com's editors explain what a short story is and offer helpful tips about how to write a short story.

Writing Short Stories Podcast
Writing Short Stories Podcast

When you are writing a short story it can be difficult to keep your word count down. There isn't a lot of space to develop your plot and characters. This podcast will outline some of the rules of writing a short story.

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