by Christine Liu-Perkins
Sidebars can add to a main text in many different ways from expanding comprehension to injecting fun to inviting participation. Here's some things I've learned from writing sidebars for various nonfiction projects:
For more tips, here's a good article on creating sidebars for magazine articles (useful for books, too): "Preparing a Sidebar Feast: Planning, Writing, and Submitting Sidebars" by Carolyn Short.
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