foreword  |ˈfôrˌwərd|


a short introduction to a book, typically by a person other than the author.

ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from fore- + word, on the pattern of German Vorwort .

he wrote the foreword to one of her books: preface, introduction, prologue, preamble; informal intro, lead-in; formal exordium, prolegomenon, proem. ANTONYMS conclusion.

forward  |ˈfôrwərd|

adverb (also forwards )

1 toward the front; in the direction that one is facing or traveling: he started up the engine and the car moved forward | Lori leaned forward over the table.

• in, near, or toward the bow or nose of a ship or aircraft.

• in the normal order or sequence: the number was the same backward as forward.

2 onward so as to make progress; toward a successful conclusion: there's no way forward for the relationship.

• into a position of prominence or notice: he is pushing forward a political ally.

3 toward the future; ahead in time: from that day forward, the assembly was at odds with us.

• to an earlier time: the special issue has been moved forward to winter.

Author Checklist

Piecing together ideas into a printed book is no easy task. GKS Creative has put together this article so that authors may have a clear and simple path to getting a manuscript and images to its final destination, on time, without running into any problems and extra costs.

A Complete, Unformatted Manuscript

Manuscripts must be fully edited before moving on to the design process. Making changes will result in reflowing the manuscript and repositioning every heading and paragraph throughout the book. Instead of one design process, changes in a manuscript results in multiple design process that can result in hours of formatting. Those are extra hours that will lead to a more costly book design.

If a manuscript is written in a word processor, such as Microsoft Word, be sure to remove all formatting except for italics, bold and single paragraph returns. Any other formatting will disrupt the design process. GKS Creative uses industry standard design software to format your book. It is highly suggested that you do not format your manuscript as you will have to go back and remove those extra characters. Manuscripts can only be submitted in a .rtf (rich text file format). GKS Creative does not accept .doc or .docx file formats. Refer to the following list of DOs and DON'Ts:

  • Do not double space, especially after periods.
  • Do not use double paragraph returns.
  • Do not use tabs for indents or anything else.
  • Do not use local formatting. Use your font menu to choose bold or italic, not the B, I, or underline style command.
  • Do not use the underline command for anything in your manuscript. Use italics for emphasis.
  • Do note any unusual characters, accents, or diacritical marks for the designer.

High Resolution Images

Tables, charts, illustrations and photographs must be provided as separate files. Do not insert or place any media in a manuscript. Insert a note to the designer: “insert [filename.jpg] here.” Captions, if any, should be sent in a separate document.File names of any images should be numbered for order and to match up the appropriate caption.

All images must be in CMYK color space at 300 dots per inch (dpi). or Grayscale at 300 dpi in the size they will be used. Images can only be scaled down, never scaled up. If your images are not 300 dpi, you run the risk of having it rejected by the printer. We accept almost any file format for the images. All will be converted to the proper form for a book. If you are confused about this process, please ask us — we know exactly how to do this.

CAUTION! Get permission to use images, lyrics, or quotes. Copyright infringement is costly.

Book Size

In order to give an accurate quote and to get started on the design process a book size is needed. GKS Creative can give you a quote and estimate on how many pages your book will have if we have a word count and a page size of the book.


Cover estimates depend on the kind. Is it paperback novel, hardback book, or coffee table book with a dust jacket? If you are not sure what you want, just ask us, we will be glad to help.

ISBN Number

Every book must have an ISBN number. No exceptions. Please be sure to have this before getting started with the design process.