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What is a Book Introduction ?

book introductionContinuing with our series on the front matter of a book, today’s discussion is about the book introduction. The introduction to the book is different than the foreword, preface, and prologue. We’ve already learned that a foreword is written by someone other than the author of the book, that a preface is a sort of disclaimer statement from the author, and that the prologue is a “before” section of the story, but what is an introduction to a book? We’re so glad you asked.
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What is an Acknowledgement Page?

acknowledgement pageIt takes a village to write a book, and the best way to thank those who’ve helped you, in some form or another, is by writing an acknowledgement page. An acknowledgement page is a special place in a book, one dedicated completely to inspirational, helpful, and encouraging persons in the author’s life. Whether big or small, this section is mighty in its impact.
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What is a Preface in a Book?

prefaceOver the last couple of weeks, our blog has been focused on the varying aspects of a book’s frontmatter – from dedications to forewords to today’s post, which focuses on the preface. The preface is a section that comes before the story, and it is often jumbled up with the introduction, foreword, and prologue. These terms aren’t interchangeable. However, it’s important for self-publishers to know what a book preface is and how it is different from other frontmatter.
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What is a Foreword in a Book?

forewordThere are so many different components that make up a book – the story itself, and all that comes before it, like the introduction, the dedication page, the preface, and the foreword – that sometimes it’s hard to keep them all straight. In this blog, we’ll be discussing what a book foreword is and how to write one for your book, whether it’s nonfiction, fiction, or poetry. 
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What is a Contents Page in a Book?

 contents pageThe contents page (table of contents) is a crucial aspect in any book. It tells the reader what to expect – how many chapters there are, what the sections of the book look like, how long it is, and what pages they can find certain topics on. The table of contents is found in the frontmatter of the book, along with the dedication and the epigraph. It may seem like a small aspect of the book, but it’s a necessary one.


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DiggyPOD Writing Scholarship Runner Up

This year, we at DiggyPOD were so excited to be offering a Writing Scholarship to college students studying English or Creative Writing. At DiggyPOD, we’re all about helping writers, whether up and coming or established, and this Writing Scholarship allows creative college students some financial support to continue their education.


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DiggyPOD Writing Scholarship First Place Winner

This year, we at DiggyPOD were so excited to be offering a Writing Scholarship to college students studying English or Creative Writing. At DiggyPOD, we’re all about helping writers, whether up and coming or established, and this Writing Scholarship allows creative college students some financial support to continue their education.


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What is an Epigraph in a Book?

epigraphIn a novel, there are different parts to the story – a natural progression to the storytelling. The beginning, also known as exposition, is where the world of the novel is built and the tone of the story is established. Sometimes, though, the exposition can take too long to set everything up. A good way to set the tone or theme of the novel is to include an epigraph.
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Writing a Dedication Page in a Book

dedication pageWhen your novel is complete, and ready to be printed, you may reflect on the journey you’ve taken to get to this point and find that one or two people in particular helped in an extraordinary way. Or, you may find that you owe all of your work to one specific person. Perhaps this is someone who has inspired you or has been there for you throughout your entire life, and you decide that you owe it to this person. This is why authors have a dedication page.


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How to Write a Mystery Novel

how to write a mystery novelSome of the best and most captivating writing is that which keeps us on the edge of our seat, turning page after page, eager to find out what happens next. This is why mystery novels attract so many readers. These novels should excite, scare, thrill, and entice readers. They can be the best source of escape, allowing the reader to feel a part of the mystery, to be actively trying to decipher it as they read. According to Self-Publishing Relief, mystery novels (along with thrillers and crime novels) make up the second largest percentage of self-published books, after romance novels. What makes mystery novels so popular? Why do readers read them? In this blog, we’ll answer these questions and discuss how to write a mystery novel.
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