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Footnotes, Endnotes, Bibliography: What Does it all Mean?

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Footnotes, Endnotes, Bibliography: What Does it all Mean?

If you ask me, the most painstaking part of writing anything is the documentation of sources. It’s such tedious work, but do we even know why we do it? “Ethics, copyright laws and courtesy to readers require authors to identify sources of direct quotations or paraphrases and of any facts or opinions not generally known […]

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Ask the Editor: Moving Foreword

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Ask the Editor: Moving Foreword

I confess: I started to do a bit of research on the history of the Foreword and had to force myself to stop almost immediately when I began deeper investigation of philology and the Dutch, or possibly German, roots of the word itself. (It happens like that for me sometimes. Research is addicting.) A previous […]

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Write How You Write, Not How You Speak

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Write How You Write, Not How You Speak

Everyone enjoys telling a story, whether it’s a treasured memory from the past or the funny incident that occurred on the way to work. When it comes to writing a self-published book for the enjoyment of others, more thought will be needed to turn a memorable story into a well-written manuscript. It doesn’t matter if […]

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A Story About Me — That’s Easy, Right?

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A Story About Me — That’s Easy, Right?

We’ve all had that thought in our minds – “I should write down my life story and share it.” You may have endured several trials, climbed many mountains and witnessed several miracles in your timeline that could make even the most critical reader an instant fan. So, how do you start to put years of […]

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Ask the Editor: Front Matters

Filed in Ask the Editor by on July 25, 2013 14 Comments
Ask the Editor: Front Matters

Until recently, most incoming manuscripts to Xulon HQ had a title page and, maybe, an Acknowledgements page. This month, however, we have been inundated with Prefaces, Introductions, Author’s Notes, Forewords, and every flavor of frontmatter that only people who are paid to care about can actually define. Usually.

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