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    The preface:

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by jacktheknife, Sep 12, 2011.

    My book is done but for the next to last chapter.
    I have been working on it for ten years and I still have to look up the spelling of every big word.
    Is the preface the correct place to put a sample of ten year old, early writings which were done right out of the Hospital by a former coma patient?
    I want to show how badly I was hurt and how far I have come since then.
    But the sample paragraph doesn't belong in the book, it is almost unreadable.
    The preface is an introduction by the author.
    I can't think where else to put it.


    Thank you...


    J. Winters von Knife
     
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    You could have it in a preface, if that's what you wanted to do. Or have an 'about the author page' if your extract is fairly short.
     
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    It does not seem right for a preface. An appendix would make more sense. It's supplementary content.
     
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    Cogito,

    If the appendix is the proper place for supplimental information which does not belong in the text like samples of early work, then should letters that I wrote to the two cities, District Attorney, Texas Rangers, Attorney General, and FBI be included in the appendix? I thought they were important enough to include in the text of the book but is that the case?

    Thank you very much!

    Jack the Knife
     
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    This is something you could discuss with your publisher when you get accepted. Using in-line illustrations of documents would be a publisher's ultimate decision, but in a book like that you could certainly dfiscuss it. You can also include in-line excerpts in block quotes,
     

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