This is the first of a short series of articles looking at some elements of book front and back matter i.e. what comes before chapter 1 and what follows after the story has ended. Note 1: The majority of visitors to this website have an interest in memoir and fiction consequently the following discussion will … More What is a Preface?
In an attempt to determine authors and readers understanding of book front and back matter a series of surveys were commenced last October (2018). The intention had been for these to be posed in relatively quick succession. However, a variety of matters intervened resulting in an unexpected break in sequence. The surveys were: … More In Preface or Prologue? – A Survey
Regular readers of and visitors to this website and the associate social media accounts will recall a recent survey regarding whether readers skip or read prologues. That was the first of what is expected to be a three part survey respecting book front and back matter. The ultimate intent is to provide authors (though readers … More Prologue v Preface – 100 Word Survey