Constructing a Book: Foreword vs Introduction and more…

by Healmyvoice on July 21, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 6.31.32 PMBy Andrea Hylen, Founder of Heal My Voice

This is a question I get asked a lot by authors who are writing books and adding all of the Introductory Pieces.

What is a Foreword and What is an Introduction? (And what else should I include in my book?)

Foreword: The foreword is usually written by someone other than the author or editor. It can be an “expert” in the field or on the topic, someone who brings credibility to your project and can provide a broader perspective and reflection of your subject.

Introduction: The preface or introduction is used as an introduction to the text of the book. It is usually written by the author or in the case of Heal My Voice books, a co-facilitator of the project. It can include the history of writing the book or the background information. It can provide an introduction to the subject of the book from the unique focus. It can give the reader a starting point of what to expect.

Blessing: There is a blessing in the front of every Heal My Voice book. It is a blessing for the authors and the readers. It is written by someone who is not an author or editor.

Endorsements: This is a short recommendation written by someone who has read some of the stories in your book. The recommendations are placed in the front of the book or onthe back cover.


In the next blogs, I will share the Foreword, the Introduction, the Blessing and some of the Endorsements from Fearless Voices: True Stories by Courageous Women as examples.


Keep writing!


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 IMG_1306Andrea Hylen believes in the power of a woman’s voice to usher in a new world. She is the founder of Heal My Voice, a Writing and Transition Coach, Orgasmic Meditation Teacher and co- author of Conscious Choices: An Evolutionary Woman’s Guide to Life. Andrea has discovered her unique gifts while parenting three daughters and learning to celebrate life after the deaths of her brother, son and husband. She currently lives in Los Angeles following the inspiration to collaborate with women in organizations and to travel around the world speaking and leading workshops. Her passion is connecting women to support each other in the full expression of who they are.


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