As soon as the manuscript was in the final stages, I started to think about including a Foreward to my book.
Most of the time this is not needed for fiction books. But for non-fiction, it can help to add some credibility to your book and adds extra value.
So the first question you need to ask yourself is what value does a Foreward contribute to the overall book experience?
If the forward is written by someone in your domain or area of expertise, then this can add great value.
For example, my book is about shunning the status quo, quitting a typical day job and pursuing your passions and building and creating stuff (either books, assets or businesses).
So if I were to have a foreword, it would have to be from someone who is familiar with this kind of stuff, or even better, has experience of it.
That’s, why I chose somebody who I knew, had also made the leap from the cubicle into running her own businesses. In fact, we used to work together, and I have watched her become a very successful entrepreneur and author.
So I reached out to my friend Susanne and asked if she would be willing to provide a review and foreward.
The purpose of a foreward is to add some weight to the book regarding value, authenticity and credibility. It is not necessary to have, but it’s a nice icing on the cake.
To get a foreword ask yourself these questions:
- Will this add value to the book?
- Do I know anyone who would be willing to provide a foreword for me?
- Is there a personal connection I could utilise?
If there is a personal connection, this should make it hard easier to get. I would also advise against asking someone you have no relationship with to write you a foreword.
You have someone who will write the foreword, now what?
Everyone is busy, and so is the person who is writing your foreword.
You are also under time pressure from your editor to get your manuscript ready for formatting (and you can’t do this till the foreword is complete!)
So this is what I did:
- I provided a summary of my book to Susanne (who is providing me with my foreword). This outlined the key points of the book to digest in an easy manner
- You can also provide a full copy of the manuscript, but it’s unlikely they will have time to read the whole book within your 1-2 week time-frame, so think about these things in advance.
- Craft a few versions of the foreword for this person to make it easier for them to create because everybody is busy. This is what I did; I created several different drafts and allowed Susanne to adapt and amend as required.
- She came back within a day and said she loved what was written, made a few changes and approved it to add to the book!
Get the Foreward finalised and approved before the manuscript goes for formatting
Do bear this in mind and start thinking about preparing a foreword as you’re nearing the completion of your book and have completed your final edits.
For me, having a foreward from another person who has escaped the cubicle and is now an author and successful entrepreneur adds greater authority and weight to the book.
What should you include in a Foreward?
- Keep it high level, not too detailed
- Share why this person is the right person to write the Foreward- what is their experience?
- Try to ask a personal connection with who you already have a relationship with
- This person should be in the same area as you / your book, i.e., if you are writing a business book, your foreword should be written by someone who has experience of this.
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