Does your book have a …forward?…foreward?…foreword?

Does your book have a forward foreward foreword?

Unless your book is about sports, it’s much more likely to contain a foreword than a forward. Forwards play offense in basketball, hockey, etc. Meanwhile, a foreword is a short introductory section in a book. It is typically written by someone other than the author; however, when it is written by the author, it is then called a preface. Calling this a forward is a common, though rookie, mistake. While this is the direction that you want your project to go, it is not the way to begin your next bestseller.

Bookmark Thought: A foreword comes before the words in the book.

Terms to know…

Foreword: prefatory comments (as for a book) especially when written by someone other than the author

Preface: the introductory remarks of a speaker or author

Introduction: something that introduces: such as a part of a book or treatise preliminary to the main portion

Prologue: the preface or introduction to a literary work

Afterword: a concluding section in a book, typically by a person other than the author.

Epilogue: a concluding section that rounds out the design of a literary work

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Merriam-Webster Online. 2018 (accessed on 8/31/2018).