What is an appropriate title for an introductory section where I introduce myself, the author?

I'm writing a series of short educational web books for learning to do web development, and I want to include a section in the first book where I introduce myself. I'm having difficulty with the title for this section, though. Normally, I'd just use the word "introduction" -- but I'm already using using that for the section actually introducing the topic.

What's the typical name for a section like this?

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  • IMHO this is asking about correct naming for a particular type of section, which personally I'd see as on-topic. Other authors with similar sections will find this useful.
    – Standback
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 17:50

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I'd suggest About the Author or Preface.

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    I'll second "About the Author," although it's usually at the end, not the beginning. Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 1:52
  • There is also Foreward. It kind of depends on how important it is for your readers to know you {e.g., if it were a story about forgiveness, is it being written perhaps by a priest}, is there supplemental material being presented about the story {where research was done, local customs, etc.}, or if a particular expertise is expected by the reader {we would anticipate a series of educational videos being presented by at least a Master level in that field}.
    – Stu W
    Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 21:37
  • I agree that "About the Author" typically adorns the back of a manuscript, but I've seen it in both places. Honestly, depending on tone, I wouldn't mind seeing a humorous heading like "So, who is this guy, anyway, and why should I listen to him?"
    – TriskalJM
    Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 12:53

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