Foreword Vs. Preface Vs. Introduction: A Guide For Self-Publishers

Synopsis
A foreword, preface, and introduction can each play a pivotal in a book’s marketing plan. Understanding the differences and how to use each to your advantage can help propel your book to critical and financial success.

What You Will Learn In This Post
The Professor 11. You will learn the fundamental differences between a book’s foreword, preface, and introduction.
2. You will learn how these three sections can make your book more impressive than most other books.
3. You will learn how important these three sections can play in your book’s financial and critical success.

Introduction
A self-publisher needs to understand the foreword, preface, and book introduction differences. Each section plays a vital role in the critical and financial success of the book. Without these three sections, a non-fiction book is incomplete and does not give the readers their money’s worth.

Therefore, I’ve laid out some basic definitions of each section to help give new self-publishers a starting point before beginning their first book:


Thank you to Danielle de Valera for posting and linking to my post "Foreword v. Preface v. Introduction" on her great blog "The Manuscript Assessor"

Thank you to Danielle de Valera for posting and linking to my post “Foreword v. Preface v. Introduction” on her great blog “The Manuscript Assessor”

Thank you to Barbara Pittman for linking to this article from her website PittmanLettersProject.com

Thank you to Barbara Pittman for linking to this article from her website PittmanLettersProject.com

1. The Foreword
(Why the reader should read the book)
The foreword is the place for a guest author to show the reader why they should be reading this book. The foreword of a book is a primary selling tool for the book.

If written correctly and by the appropriate person for the job, the book’s author will gain a lot of credibility in the reader’s eyes. And it is essential to remember that the book’s author shouldn’t write the foreword.

Instead, the author can use the book’s preface and the book’s introduction to say what needs to be said about the book. Forewords introduce the reader to the author, as well as the book itself, and attempt to establish credibility for both.

A foreword doesn’t generally provide the reader with any extra specific information about the book’s subject. But instead, it serves as a reminder of why the reader should read the book. The foreword must make an emotional connection with the reader.

Thank you to author Joel Friedlander of TheBookDesigner.com for linking to this article.

Thank you to author Joel Friedlander of TheBookDesigner.com for linking to this article.

Thank you to Laura Lee for linking to this article from her website StressManagementForWriters.WordPress.com"

Thank you to Laura Lee for linking to this article from her website StressManagementForWriters.WordPress.com”

2. The Preface
(How the book came about)
The preface is a place for the book’s author to tell the reader how this book came into being and why. It should build credibility for the author AND the book.

The preface is also an essential selling tool for the book. The preface is very similar to the foreword, except that the author wrote the preface. Here the author should explain why they wrote the book and how they came to write it. The author should be showing the reader why they are worth reading.

Thank you very much to Kristan Lukasak of GettingOnTop.WordPress.com for linking to this article.

Thank you very much to Kristan Lukasak of GettingOnTop.WordPress.com for linking to this article.

3. The Introduction
(About the content of the book)
The introduction introduces the material in the book. Here the author can set the stage for the reader and prepare them for what is in the book.

In the introduction, the author can quickly and simply tell the reader what is to be revealed in much greater detail if they continue reading. The introduction is a way for the author to grab the reader, intensify the reader’s desire to find out more, and hopefully devour the entire book.

Conclusion
As you can see, it is imperative to understand the fundamental differences in these three book sections to produce a professional-looking and complete self-published book. Each section is different, and each performs a specific function in the book. Therefore, to create a high-quality and well-designed book, a self-publisher will need to put a lot of thought and effort into producing these three vital sections.

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Questions For Us To Think About And Discuss
1. Please discuss how one or more of these sections helped your book.
2. Has anyone gotten any feedback from their readers about one of these sections?

Thank you very much to Billi Joy Carson of EditingAddict.com for posting and linking to my post "Foreword Vs. Preface Vs. Introduction: A Guide For Self-Publishers"

Thank you very much to Billi Joy Carson of EditingAddict.com for posting and linking to my post “Foreword Vs. Preface Vs. Introduction: A Guide For Self-Publishers”

Thank you to best-selling author Elizabeth Spann Craig for sharing and linking to my post.

Thank you to best-selling author Elizabeth Spann Craig for sharing and linking to my post.

This article is also featured in Joel Friedlander’s online publication The Carnival of the Indies – Issue #67
This article is also posted on Danielle de Valera’s blog The Manuscript Assessor
This article is also listed on Elizabeth Spann Craig’s site Twitterific Writing Links
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This article is also mentioned on Laura Lee’s website StressManagementForWriters.WordPress.com
This article is also posted on Billi Joy Carson’s website Editing Addict.com
• This article was also posted on Kristan Lukasak’s website GettingOnTop.org. Unfortunately, this website is no longer active.
• This article was also mentioned on Barbara Pittman’s website PittmanLettersProject.com

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About Joseph C. Kunz, Jr.

I help make it easier for anyone with a passion for a subject – and a desire to help others by sharing their experience and knowledge – to self-publish nonfiction books that will help them build authority and credibility, establish them as thought leaders, and help them make more money. Kunz is a husband, father of twins, and the co-founder of Dickson Keanaghan, LLC, a medical training and publishing company near New York City.
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