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October, 2009

Windows 7 Plain & Simple Released

Our Windows 7 Plain & Simple book is on the shelves in most bookstores and available online. We are excited about this book and all the things you can easily do with Windows 7.

January, 2008

Jerry Joyce and Marianne Moon Win STC Publication Awards

The Puget Sound chapter of the Society for Technical Communications recognized three of our books with awards. 2007 Microsoft� Office System Plain & Simple received the Excellence Award, while Microsoft� Windows Vista� Plain & Simple and Microsoft� Office Word 2007 Plain & Simple received Merit Awards.

October, 2007

Jerry Joyce Receives Science Award

Jerry Joyce was presented with the 2007 Scientist of the Year Award from Audubon Washington, the state office of National Audubon. Nina Carter, Executive Director of Audubon Washington, cited his efforts with the Seattle Audubon Science Committee, the Oil Spill Advisory Council, the National Coalition on Invasive Species, and other activities. Mr. Joyce acknowledged that the award truly belonged to all the dedicated volunteers who understand that successful conservation efforts must be based on sound science.

June, 2007

Jerry Joyce Receives Conservation Award

Jerry Joyce was presented with the 2007 Conservation Award from Seattle Audubon during the organization�s annual dinner. According to Seattle Audubon, �The Conservation Award is given to an individual in the greater Seattle community who has made a unique and significant contribution to the protection of birds and wildlife habitat, using creative means for engaging and inspiring the public.�

The citation on the award states: �In recognition of his exceptional dedication to preserving and protecting our marine environment�.

May, 2007

Introductions to Microsoft Word 2007 and to the 2007 Microsoft Office System published on Microsoft Office Online

Excerpts from our new Word and Office books have been published online as brief introductions to using these programs. The article on Word 2007 is at and the article on Office is at

January 2007

Three New Books are Here!

All three new books are now printed. The Vista book has been on bookshelves since early January and the Word and Office books are on their way!

Click the link to see a description of each book:

Windows Vista� Plain & Simple

2007 Microsoft� Office System Plain & Simple

Microsoft� Office Word 2007 Plain & Simple


June 2006

Three New Books are on Their Way (Eventually)

Moon Joyce Resources has signed contracts with Microsoft Press to write and produce three books about upcoming Microsoft software products.

Microsoft� Windows Vista� Plain & Simple (ISBN 0-7356-2268-X) takes a look at the new Vista operating system and all the things you can do using it.

The 2007 Microsoft� Office System Plain & Simple (ISBN 0-7356-2273-6) is about the new Office suite, including sections on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Office Tools, and the many features shared by these programs.

Microsoft� Office Word 2007 Plain & Simple (ISBN 0-7356-2293-0) discusses using the new version of Microsoft Word.

While these books are a continuation of the Plain & Simple series, the content is being fully updated for these new programs. And just like the way Windows and Vista have changed their look for easier use, these new Plain & Simple books will also have substantial changes to their look and ease of use.

These books should be in bookstores by the beginning of 2007.

December 2005

Microsoft Windows XP Plain & Simple, 2nd Edition featured in online article.

Check out the article 6 Steps When Buying Your Parents a Computer that extensively features our Windows XP book. A computer and a book--now that is a great idea for a couple of presents! The article is at


August 2005

Washington State Oil Spill Advisory Council Appointment

Jerry Joyce, co-owner of Moon Joyce Resources, was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to a four-year term on the new Oil Spill Advisory Council. He was nominated for this position by Seattle Audubon.

The Council�s mission is to maintain Washington�s vigilance in preventing oil spills in marine and navigable waters, by ensuring an emphasis on oil spill prevention while also recognizing the importance of improving spill preparedness and response.

Jerry Joyce is the Science Chair and a Board member of Seattle Audubon. He also serves on the Washington Ballast Water Working Group, which was also created by the Washington Legislature and is overseen by the Governor's Office.

For information on the Oil Spill Advisory Council, see the Council's website

To read the press release from Seattle Audubon, see


July, 2005

Web Page Published on Microsoft Office Online

At the request of Microsoft staff, we prepared an overview of the Microsoft Office products. The page can be viewed at:


May, 2003

Local Authors Win Top Book Award

Seattle, WA-Seattle writers Jerry Joyce and Marianne Moon walked away with top honors in May when they received a Distinguished Technical Communications award from the Society for Technical Communications (STC).

The Distinguished Technical Communications award is the top award category in the STC's annual international technical publications competition. The award, in the Books category, was for the authors' bestselling book "Microsoft Windows XP Plain & Simple," published by Microsoft Press. The book previously won the Distinguished Technical Communications award in the STC-Puget Sound regional competition last fall. Also honored was Kristen Weatherby, the project editor of the book for Microsoft Press. Jerry Joyce and Marianne Moon have written ten books together in association with Microsoft Press, many of the books award winners and bestsellers in their field. 

The following is the press release from STC.

Please note that the publisher is in Redmond, WA, not the authors.

May 2003. Jerry Joyce and Marianne Moon Win STC Technical Communications Award.

Arlington, VA--Jerry Joyce and Marianne Moon of Redmond, WA, recently received Distinguished Technical Communication award from the Society for Technical Communication (STC). The award is part of STC's annual technical communication competitions program, which highlights the best examples of the art and science of technical communication. Each year, STC presents more than 250 awards in 58 categories.

Jerry Joyce and Marianne Moon received a Distinguished Technical Communication award in the "Books" category of STC's international technical publications competition for a project titled "Microsoft Windows XP Plain and Simple."


The Society for Technical Communication is a professional organization for technical writers, editors, illustrators, managers, and educators. It is the largest professional organization in this field, with more than 23,000 members in 153 chapters worldwide. Information about STC and its programs can be found at the STC Web site:

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