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Could you please list and describe what the acceptable 'extra' parts of a novel are... [i.e. prelude,post-script, prologue]?  
I've written a P.O.D. romance novel and wish to reissue it with a short letter tacked onto either the beginning of the book or the ending (preferrably the beginning).  So... would this be termed the: prelude?

Hi AJ,

I'm sorry, listing and describing all of the acceptable parts of a novel would take a long time. To answer your specific question regarding adding a letter... Yes, that's perfectly acceptable. I've usually seen it at the end, but at the beginning would work also. It would just be called "a letter from the author."

Hope this helps!

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I will answer questions about writing a romance novel. These questions can be regarding grammar, punctuation, style, emotion, conflict, POV, publishers, editing... pretty much anything regarding the writing aspect of romance novels. Areas I`m not as good in, but willing to give my opinion, are query and synopsis. I will be happy to critique a few pages (up to 10) of your work.


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