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QUESTION: Hello,
I am in the process of writing my first cookbook. I need to know if a foreword can be written by a friend/family member instead of a famous person.

Thank you,
Connie Lane

ANSWER: Put together the manuscript the way you would like it to appear in print.  Then if and when you get a publisher, the editor will undoubtedly suggest changes.

Good luck.

Richard Seltzer, seltzer@samizdat.com

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QUESTION: Richard,
What is usually the way it's done? From what you have experienced. Is it friend/family member or famous person?

Thank you,
Connie

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The format of the published book is determined by the editor, after you find a publisher.  As I said before, you should assemble the book the way you would like it to appear, with whatever forward you want.  Then if and when you find a publisher, be flexible.

Good luck.

Richard

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Richard Seltzer

Expertise

I prefer questions that directly relate to my current areas of interest: historical works and historical fiction dealing with Russia and Ethiopia around 1900.

Experience

Author of fiction:
The Name of Hero, historical novel (Tarcher/Houghton Mifflin)
The Lizard of Oz, fantasy (B&R Samizdat)
Also nonfiction:
The AltaVista Search Revolution (Osborne/McGraw-Hill)
Shop Online the Lazy Way (Macillan)

Publications
See my Web site http://www.samizdat.com/readers.html
for complete novels and short stories by me, as well as resources for
writers.

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