There is considerable confusion about the difference between the three, and judging from what the Chicago Manual of Style says, I mixed the two up myself in my history of the NIH Clinical Center, where an editor made my Introduction a Foreword, which I then changed to a Preface. Words into Type succinctly characterizes the differences between a preface and intro: "A preface or foreword deals with the genesis, purpose, limitations, and scope of the book and may include acknowledgments of indebtedness; an introduction deals with the subject of the book, supplementing and introducing the text and indicating a point of view to be adopted by the reader.The introduction usually forms a part of the text [and the text numbering system]; the preface does not." Go here for a fuller discussion of how a memoir differs from an autobiography (or memoirs). The foreword, says the Chicago Manual of Style, is usually written by someone other than the author or editor, usually someone eminent (to lend credibility to the book), and although the title page may say "Foreword by X," if the foreword is only one or two pages (which is normal), the name of the foreword writer normally appears at the end of the foreword.(Carol Saller, Lingua Franca, Chronicle of Higher Education 4-5-12) offers further insights.Academic writers: check out helpful tips in the comments section! The foreword is usually written by someone other than the author.ORDER OF BACK MATTER (not all of these are required! To talk about how you got the information what your main sources were (and how they differ from other books on the subject, if this is book #189 on the Kennedys, for example) To provide a framework for what's to follow the hooks on which to hang the pegs of story details To provide, in brief, your main argument or point of view about the subject.
If it is more like part of the text (essentially Chapter 1), start the regular page numbering with the introduction.
If you have a prologue, you must also have an epilogue, says WBG's guru, Marc Pachter.
Some people feel nobody reads the introduction; some people believe it's important because its the first thing people look at.
Its not obligatory, but its a terrific tool for sending your reader off charged with excitement about your book and eager to tell other readers about it." ~ Peter Ginna, from When journalists become authors: a few cautionary tips (Nieman Storyboard 12-15-11) Question: A family tragedy involving a man who helped a healthy wife die. In order of front materials, where would one place a Dedication?
The man, my brother in law, helped my sister, who was in good physical health, die. Response: The dedication usually comes right after the copyright page, which is on the back of the title page.