To Epilogue or Not to Epilogue?

A. C. Spahn

*Nonfiction*

Here’s an easy question to tell if your nonfiction book needs an epilogue or afterword:

1. Do you have anything left to say?

If the answer is yes, congratulations. You can write an epilogue.

If the answer is no, you should not write an epilogue.

An epilogue should be short. For nonfiction, keep it to one or two pages. You can use it to do the things we discussed last week for milking the ending, to provide additional resources, or just to restate the purpose of your book.


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He’s trying to see how long the epilogue is.

Do not use an epilogue to repeat everything from the last chapter of your book.

Do not use an epilogue to bloviate. About anything.

Do not use an epilogue to promote your next book. You can definitely do this kind of self-promotion, but label…

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