37 Tips For Writing A Book’s Foreword

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Synopsis
Here is a list of 37 tips to help the person that is going to be writing the foreword for a book. This list is written simply as a way to help the author of the foreword, and the author of the book, to understand the basic elements of a helpful and insightful foreword.

What You Will Learn In This Post
1. You will learn 37 things that will help you understand the basic elements of a well-written book foreword.
2. You will learn the specific items that must be included in a foreword.
3. You will learn about the fundamental roles the foreword plays in the overall success of the book.

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Introduction
Here is a list of 37 tips to help the person that is going to be writing the foreword for a book, also known as the author of the foreword. This list is written simply as a way to help the author of the foreword, and the author of the book, to understand the basic elements of a helpful and insightful foreword.

Thank you to Joel Friedlander of TheBookDesigner.com for linking to this article from his blog Carnival Of The Indies #68

Thank you to Joel Friedlander of TheBookDesigner.com for linking to this article from his blog Carnival Of The Indies #68

It does not matter if the foreword’s author is a celebrity, or big-shot, or whatever. They have an obligation to their own readers and followers, also to the readers of this new book that they are writing for foreword for, and also to the book’s author, to write a helpful and honest foreword.

Tip #1. Read the book. Understand the message.
Tip #2. Reading the Table of Contents and one chapter alone is not enough.
Tip #3. Take detailed notes throughout the book.
Tip #4. Write to the book’s audience.
Tip #5. Write in a familiar voice.
Tip #6. Be very careful not to talk down to the readers.
Tip #7. You should probably write between 750 and 1,500 words.
Tip #8. The foreword’s main role is to help give the book’s author credibility.
Tip #9. With increased credibility, comes more sales.

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Tip #10. Explain how you know the author of the book.
Tip #11. If you don’t know the author personally, devote more space to the book’s message.
Tip #12. You are trying to make an emotional connection with the reader. Never forget this.
Tip #13. You want the reader to like you and your story.
Tip #14. Your job is to help get the reader to believe and trust what you have to say about the book’s author and the book itself.
Tip #15. Keep the tone simple and personal, but keep your writing tight.
Tip #16. Include short anecdotes and real-world examples that illustrate the theme of the book.

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Tip #17. Anecdotes are an important way to help the reader like you and your story.
Tip #18. Discuss why this book is significant or timely.
Tip #19. Show why the book’s author is a credible person to have written this book.
Tip #20. Tell readers why this book is worth reading.
Tip #21. Show how the reader will benefit by reading it.
Tip #22. Refer to specific things in the book.
Tip #23. Explain why you chose those things to discuss.
Tip #24. Connect the book to experiences that a reader might face in everyday life.
Tip #25. Mention the good points about the book and what the readers will get out of reading it.
Publetariat - 37 Tips For Writing A Book’s Foreword

Publetariat – 37 Tips For Writing A Book’s Foreword

Tip #26. Be sure to give a very brief synopsis of the book.
Tip #27. Talk to the reader as if you were talking to a friend.
Tip #28. Keep it engaging and tell an interesting story.
Tip #29. Make sure your foreword has a beginning, middle, and end.
Tip #30. Tell readers why you are qualified to write the foreword.
Tip #31. Don’t be afraid to name-drop.
Tip #32. If readers can recognize any of the names, you will gain credibility and like-ability.
Tip #33. Put your name, title, and location at the end.
Tip #34. Make sure you mention if you have a fancy title or prestigious award.
Tip #35. These things help establish your own credibility and celebrity.
Tip #36. Remember that you are not just writing this foreword to help the author sell more books, but also to help your own career.
Tip #37. Authoring a book’s foreword is a great way to remind the public who you are and what you have accomplished.

“The author of the foreword AND the author of the book MUST understand the basic elements of a foreword.” (CLICK to tweet this quote)

Conclusion
There you have it. This list should help start to get both authors onto the same page, or mind-set. But nevertheless, ALL of the responsibility of getting a great book foreword falls onto the shoulders of the book’s author. This person needs to pick the appropriate foreword author in the first place. Then needs to make sure that this person understands what a foreword is about, and what role it plays in the success of the book. Hopefully this list will help you accomplish this.

Questions For Us To Think About And Discuss
1. Do you have any additional tips to add to this list?
2. If you have written a book foreword, what was your biggest stumbling block to completing it?
Let me know in the comments section below.

Editors Note: This post was originally published in October 2011 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Click here to view the original post.

This article is also featured in Joel Friedlander’s online publication The Carnival of the Indies – Issue #68
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About Joseph C. Kunz, Jr.

Author, educator, business owner, husband, and father of twins. Kunz is also a digital-media junkie fascinated by the intersection of media, design, education, and technology. Kunz is the founder of Dickson Keanaghan, LLC, a medical training and publishing company near New York City. @jckunzjr
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