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In everyday writing, (say on the web, or an email) I'd use bullets where possible. I think they're more accessible and quicker to scan. Unless there were some reason to actually number things. The Wikipedia style manual spells this out well: Use numbers rather than bullets only if: A need to refer to the elements by number may arise; The ...


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The question of whether a blank verso facing a chapter title carries its page number is a question of style determined by designers (if their publishing house does not already have a fixed policy.) Since there will be nothing on the page to index, the number is not "necessary" for that purpose. Nevertheless, it will often be be printed simply because it is ...


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There is no universal answer to this, as there are many ways of indicating emphasis in plain text. Your best bet is to read the submission guidelines of the publication that you're submitting to, as each may have different requirements. In the case of Daily Science Fiction, they have a page of story formatting guidelines. As far as I can tell, they don't ...


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LaTeX for writing books - especially for writing scientific books, with equations or technical drawings - is what HTML is to writing webpages. It's a metalanguage which will get your formatting right, it allows you to write complex equations fluently, moving sections of text will not make the whole thing collapse terribly, and while for things like an essay ...


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This is my sort of question, since I have basically the same setup as you do (except I use Vim, not Emacs.) My novel text looks like this: % Novel Title # Title 1 Text goes here. # Title 2 More text goes here. This works fine for me, since Pandoc wants to convert the top-level section markers # into chapter breaks, exactly as intended. The only snag ...


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Why are you using CSS anyway? I use Scrivener, and I use the inbuilt features to convert to ebook formats. In practice, there are only two ebook formats. Pdf is a terrible formats for eReaders, and I've never heard anyone using it as such. The two used by the biggest sellers (Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo etc): Mobi for Kindle. I don't know about Kf8, but ...


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Setting the first word, first few words, first phrase or sentence, or the complete first line of each chapter in small caps, sometimes preceded by an initial or drop cap, is done by the typesetter in the course of the interior design of the book. It is never a part of the author's manuscript, unless, for example in scientific essay collections, the publisher ...


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When writing a list like this, you have several options for how you want to style the text. In business writing, such as an email, you can always format this as a bulleted list: Please send the email to the following recipients: Jason, Chief Information Officer Sarah, President Courtney, Investor This has the advantage of being ...


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Orthography In German a date is written like this: 10. Januar 2014 There is of course a space between all "words". The dot behind the number for the day is a writing convention for ordinal numbers. E.g. 10 is "ten" and 10. is "tenth" in German orthography. So the above example reads "tenth january two thousand fourteen", if you translate it. Of ...


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I'd write it in the script. You have to hire someone to read the lines, and it's audible dialogue which the characters and audience have to hear and react to. GREG I've got the tea. Where are the biscuits? JOHN Upper cabinet to the left of the sink, bottom shelf. RADIO ANNOUNCER And now, we present for your enjoyment the dramatization of Neil Gaiman's ...


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I use italics, I find it is the clearest way to define thought as different to speech, and denoting actual thought as a form of dialogue can help draw distinctions between actual thought and narrative. In third person narrative it is common to write from the perspective of the character in question, and colour the tone of your writing with the way they ...


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The usual approach I saw is to keep the page completely blank - no number, nothing, but treat it as if there was one when it comes to the sequence, so you have, say, 50, 51, [blank], 53, [blank], 55, 56... One of reasons is that even and odd pages remain to respective sides of the book, and if you are on page 51, and you want to get to 55, you flip two pages ...


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Your first option is, really, Pandoc, which was already mentioned. Its usage is quite straightforward. I've done some converting along these lines myself, and it's brilliant. It's included in Debian repositories, so I'd think acquiring an installation wouldn't be a problem. You indeed want to convert to HTML first: pandoc OdtFile.odt -o HtmlFile.html and ...


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I have not really come across any conventional way of formatting these things. Much of the (rest of my answer) is based on my readings and a few other sources (which I will be citing). The short answer first: yes, use block quotes. Solves most of the problems. Keep the following in mind for blockquotes: Indent the content (usually 1 inche) Doublespace Do ...


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Short answer: multiple-step and time-consuming/expensive Google eBook formatting and see the hundreds of different methods for doing this. It ranges from long, in-depth methods that would require you to strip your book down to plain text and add semantic information, to supposed 'converters' that will do it all for you. There are 'professionals' who will, ...


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For ebooks, the general rule is, don't use two consecutive returns (as @Fortier mentioned in the comments). This is because the ebook readers sometimes do weird things with it. However, this is just a suggestion, and almost every Ebook vendor will allow it. Kindle only moans if you enter KDP. My advice is, write the book, and worry about formatting later. ...


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Using LaTeX is unlikely to enhance your writing (or to detract either, as long as you start out with a complete and properly-formatted example LaTeX file and merely add your paragraphs separated by two linefeeds). Generally the LaTeX process should have little effect on the writing quality, but if you aren't familiar with LaTeX commands you may initially ...


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Newspapers are perhaps the iconic manifestation of "house style." Several publications have been in print near-continuously since before we had ample standardization of grammar and formats, and are likely the source of several "American" or "British" standards. If you're writing for an existing publication, inquire with the submission editor for the ...


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Something may be a one-time event, but that doesn't mean it's capitalized. I would refer to "the assault" throughout unless you're using the book's title. "The assault that takes place in The Assault assulted my senses." In English, aside from capitalizing the first word of a sentence, the only time words are generally capitalized if they are proper nouns ...


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Consider looking at a similar question here: http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/29267/which-equations-should-be-numbered In general, for technical subjects, number all equations even though you may not have referenced them in the text. It is almost always recommended that you do so, so that other people can refer to it easily and also so that any ...


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There's a couple ways you can try to handle this. The bottom line, though, is that ebooks are reflowable content, unlike a print book or a PDF for instance, so you only have so much control over how the content actually appears. Take a look at the this page, which describes the page-break-inside CSS property. If you set this to avoid for your list, it ...


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Jwpat7's ¶ suggestion is the right answer for "marking the paragraph breaks clearly" when it's intended for further processing, e.g. editing or parsing. If it's intended directly "for human consumption" - eg. text reader, "ticker" style LED scroller, a banner tape, and the likes, the approach for visual media is at least two tabulators worth of blank space: ...


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For works in a medium where you can't use line breaks to separate paragraphs, consider putting a pilcrow (or paragraph mark, or paragraph sign, ¶) between paragraphs. Also consider using a bullet (eg, •) between paragraphs, or perhaps a construction like -)(- between them. If you use something other than a pilcrow or bullet or some dingbat between ...


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CSS is CSS: if an ebook format uses HTML/CSS, then that part should be the same regardless of the ebook format itself. Of course, not every ebook format will necessarily use HTML or CSS. Yes, a WYSIWYG editor which is actively maintained (in order to support any new formats that come out) will make your life very easy, if it supports everything you need. ...


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Usually, there are no demarcations made in the text that would tell your readers if a word is present in the glossary or not. In cases when there is a remark about something that needs to be made, a footnote is used. In certain cases, the footnote is not explained in the footer of the same page, rather it refers to a different section usually titled ...


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I'm leaning towards using the method mentioned @Mussri. Which would result in the following This essay will compare The Propaganda of Saints in the Middle Ages(henceforth , Propaganda of Saints)by Esther Cohen and What is Propaganda and How Does it Differ from Persuasion(henceforth Propaganda vs. Persuasion)? By Garth Jowett and Victoria ...


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As a general rule-of-thumb, "hitting the Enter key twice" is never the correct answer to any question about formatting text in a word processor. That action does not add a line space after the current paragraph, it creates an additional (empty) paragraph. If your workflow (or that of your publisher) carries out any automated task on each paragraph, those ...


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The font size remains the same irrespective of the capitalization. Like Hobbes mentioned, it is done in small capitals (for example, if you are using Microsoft Word for writing, you can right click on the selection, click on "Font..." and in the window that comes up, select "Small caps"). I have seen it being done for some novels and I don't believe it is a ...


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LaTeX is a fantastic piece of software. I do all my text writing in it - papers, letters, etc. People are known to get totally addicted to it. Wander over to tex.stackexchange.com, and you'll find lots of such people there. There is some overhead involved in learning it. However, this overhead is mostly caused by things like graphics and mathematics. A ...


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To my knowledge the answer to this is no. Unless you are using a stock format provided with Word out of the box there really isn't an easy way to set up a custom format. (The pre-built templates/styles are also apparently developed by grade school kids making holiday cards for their parents...cute but not useful in any sort of professional or educational ...



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