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    Who writes the forward for a book?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by oterror, Sep 10, 2010.

    Does the author himself ever write a foreword? or is it always someone else?
     
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    You mean the foreword?
     
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    yeah foreword
     
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    I think the writers often do it for an edited version to explain why they changed it if they already published it before bringing out a new version. But not every story has one. And most forewords are written about famous books by friends or otherwise close acquaintances as a kind of essay about what their friend's book means to them. Most of the forewords I've ever read, though, were at the front of great works of literature. :p

    If the author does initially write one, it's usually a disclaimer of some sort, and I can imagine the publisher makes them if they think it's going to be too edgy but they're taking a gamble or something. I dunno. :p
     
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    well in for example Laws of magic by Terry goodkind (i don't know if you are alloud to post names etc) he writes things like: thanks to whom and for them etc etc (mostly family)
     
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    The Foreword is generally written by someone other than the author. In contrast, a Preface is written by the author for approximately the same purpose.
     
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    yup!
     

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