How to Write a Book Foreword: A Checklist For Authors

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Synopsis
Here is a list of important questions that you should think about to help you make sure that you have written a full and complete foreword. Not all questions here will apply to your foreword. But, these 26 questions should help you to take a critical look at what you have written and help you fine-tune your foreword.


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What You Will Learn In This Post
1. You will learn what questions you should be asking yourself before writing a book’s foreword.
2. You will learn that the reader’s wants and needs come first – before your need for self-promotion.
3. You will learn what the basic format of a book’s foreword should look like.

Introduction
Here is a list of important questions that you should think about to help you make sure that you have written a full and complete foreword. Not all questions here will apply to your foreword. But, these 26 questions should help you to take a critical look at what you have written and help you fine-tune your foreword.

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When answering these questions, you must keep in mind that a book’s foreword is essential for a book’s critical and financial success. The foreword will play an essential role in the marketing of the book. And, as the foreword author, you will also be using this foreword for your own marketing and promotion.

A. The Initial Questions
1. Did you read the book?
2. And understand it?

B. The First Section
3. Does the first section of your foreword explain how you know the author of the book?
4. Do you explain your connection to the book’s author?
5. Do you know the author personally? How and why?
6. Do you introduce yourself to the reader in the first section?
7. Did you tell readers why you are qualified to be writing the foreword?
8. Do you tell the readers what you are famous for?

Thank you to Joel Friedlander of TheBookDesigner.com for linking to this article from his blog Carnival Of The Indies #82

Thank you to Joel Friedlander of TheBookDesigner.com for linking to this article from his blog Carnival Of The Indies #82

C. The Second Section
9. Does the second section show why the author is a credible person to have written this book?
10. Do you explain the contents of the book to the reader?
11. Do you explain the benefits of reading this book?
12. Did you explain why this book should be relevant to the reader?
13. Do you connect the book’s content to experiences or feelings that the reader can identify with?
14. Do you mention some of the good points of the book?
15. Do you give a very brief synopsis of the book?
16. Did you use any anecdotes about the book and the author?
17. Did you use a real-world example that illustrates the theme of the book?

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D. The Conclusion
18. Does the conclusion remind the reader why you are writing the foreword?
19. And why it matters?
20. Do you bring the foreword full circle by referencing something from the first section?

E. Signing Your Name
21. Did you put your name, title, and location at the end of the foreword?
22. Did you include your own book’s title?

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F. Additional Questions
23. Throughout the foreword did you keep the tone simple and personal, but keep your writing tight?
24. Did you make sure your foreword has a beginning, middle, and end?
25. Did you make sure that each section has a beginning, middle, and end?
26. Did you spell check several times?

Conclusion
At first glance these questions might appear too simple. And maybe for a very experienced writer, or someone that has written many forewords, they are too obvious. But 99 percent of writers have never written a book’s foreword.

And, unfortunately, too many of the other 1 percent only write mediocre, or overly self-serving, forewords – especially when looked at from a marketing perspective. So, these questions are a quick and easy way to remind all of us of the essential questions that should be thought about when writing a book’s foreword.

This article also appears in Joel Friedlander’s online publication Carnival of the Indies – Issue #82
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Questions For Us To Think About And Discuss
1. Which of these questions did you find especially helpful?
2. Do you have any other questions that you believe should be included on this list?
Let me know in the comments section below.

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

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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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2 Responses to How to Write a Book Foreword: A Checklist For Authors

  1. This article will act as a review for seasoned writers. For those writing their first foreword, it is a must. I plan to give this link to any expert I ask to write a foreword in the future.

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