Ive moved shearwater to permafree and got over 5,000 downloads this month. Jan 08, 2018 calculate the number of pages in your front and back matter. Get started publishing guide contact price quote art bookbindery. Book back matter what to include in the back of your book. Front and back matter in books alliance of independent. Acknowledgments a section to acknowledge and thank all those who contributed to the books creation. Your ultimate guide to front matter and back matter. How to use your books back matter to massively boost your. Text appended to or preceding the primary narrative now introduces readers children and adults to interesting, relevant, and revealing ancillary information. This formats your chapter titles and adds them to the kindle toc in the body section. If your main text ends on page 8, your back matter will start on page 9. Its the page at the very front of the book, not used in all cases, that has only the title of the book on it. Most of my back matter especially in a series has a link directly to the next book in the series as the first item after the end of the book.
Mar 06, 2020 but its the back matter that is truly unique for nonfiction. Sometimes the first thing youll see will be a link to an authors mailing list, other times itll be a catalog of their other books, plus the author. This excerpt from book design made simple offers insights into the best way to present this material. This means engineering your book so that its a marketing tool itself. While these components are in two separate locations in the book the front and the back, they serve essentially the same purpose. The body the body of a book is pretty selfexplanatory. This includes all frontmatter items listed below, together with chapters in the body matter and back matter.
Apr 26, 2019 optimizing your front matter and back matter. Back matter in your book celebrating independent authors. But theyre also on the verge of putting your writing down. Back matter can be mistaken as an excuse to dump in everything that didnt fit in the main story book. Most often seen in nonfiction like a biography or an academic text, a bibliography lists the references and sources used in researching or. Excerpts from a forthcoming book arent uncommon either. Now before we get into it, these are merely meant as suggestions and there are definitely some who refuse to put a table of contents at the beginning of their book for instance since it. A formal postscript, in a books back matter, is usually called an afterword. Some common items in back matter include an index, bibliography or appendix.
Jul 05, 2017 one of these components that often causes selfpublished authors pause is the front matter and back matter. Back matter definition of back matter by the free dictionary. Its the 30,000 to 50,000 words you just pumped out. Dec 10, 20 by colin dunbar body matter the body matter is the meat of your book the main content. The selfpublished author doesnt need to include any of these. The back matter of a book consists of material that follows the content of the book. Most nonfiction books include some back matter, perhaps a glossary, bibliography, or index. Back matter society of childrens book writers and illustrators.
Front matter of a book what is included in the front matter. It usually appears in modern books on the verso of the title page, but in some books is placed at the end see back matter. Parts parts are usually not found in fictional works, and depending on the topic, they may not be found in a nonfiction book. I am curious to hear your thoughts on why the mailing list link is more important or further up the page than the book purchase links. Material, such as an index or appendix, that follows the main body of a book. Backmatter numbering graphic design stack exchange. Make sure the chapters kindle create found are correct. Picture book focus creating compelling back matter words. Nov, 2019 the body of a book is pretty selfexplanatory.
Back matter definition of back matter by merriamwebster. The order of the back matter in a book epilogue the epilogue is a section that comes after the story, but is still, technically, part of the story. Just as front matter is what you find at the beginning of a book, back matter, simply put, is what you find at the end of a bookthe sections that appear after the central story has been completed. Are you making the most of your digital shelf space. The reason is that the main matter numbering is continued from a previous works and will continue in the next works, and the appendicies have to be omitted from this numbering.
Some pb ive seen have back matter added onto the back cover, but i am hoping that back matter can be included in with the 32 pages. The inside of your book, which we call the book block, is divided into three main sections. The particular parts and their order is more fluid in the back matter compared to front. An epilogue is a piece of writing toward the end of the book that is usually used to bring closure to the story. Nonfiction books often have a lot more content for their back matter. We tend to spend all of our time writing the main content of the book and fail to factor in the extra time required to write and organize the front and back matter.
Your body content is the book itself its your introduction. In the previous two posts in our book anatomy 101 series, we looked at the range and organization of your books front matter, and the main body of the book. Sep 20, 20 todays picture book biographies also include, as a matter of course, supporting back matter. If youve ever read a book before especially an ebook you definitely know what im talking about. The trouble with this is that big blocks of extra text can often be too dense, so that young readers will most likely not engage with these pages. We spend all of our time writing the main content of the book and fail to factor in the extra time required to write and organize the front and back matter. Back matter items are essentially chapters within a part, with one additional option to customize. Well never look at a childrens picture book in the same way again. Parts of your selfpublished book including all of the necessary parts of a book and putting them in the right order is the first step to making your book credible and professional.
Nonfiction book formatting for microsoft word lulu blog. Book design is the art of incorporating the content, style, format, design, and sequence of the various components and elements of a book into a coherent unit. Dark matter is a thriller, of course, but its also the first love story ive ever written, and i worked hard to strike a balance among thrills, science fiction, and genuine emotion. This is an excellent book on the subject of what to put in your front and back matter of your new book.
The front matter the front matter of a book consists of its very first pages. If the front matter introduces the book, the back matter then wraps everything up. The information in the back matter is all optional and depends. Most fiction books have a minimum of back matter, while nonfiction can include a number of items. Back matter in picture books marcie flinchum atkins. An afterword is sometimes used to describe a time that is well after the timeframe of the main story. It is a given fact that i cannot number the appendicies i. Back matter includes a blurb, writer biography which may include a. Solutions are practical, his best practice guidelines sensible and their rationales well explained. Make sure the links in your catalogue are affiliate links of your account.
In the words of renowned typographer jan tschichold 19021974, book design, though largely forgotten today, relies upon methods and rules upon which it is impossible to improve, and which have been developed over centuries. Front matter of a book what is included in the front. From front matter to back matter, book content is arranged in a traditional, prescribed manner and each element appears in a similar location in every book. Your body content is the book itself its your introduction, conclusion and everything in between. How you should be using back matter in your ebooks adam geen. Im the guest authoreducator there today talking about back matter in picture books. Calculate book page count using word count for book design. The main reason that i bought this book, was to find out about the pros and cons of putting my table of contents at the back, so that i could treat the prospective buyers to more of my book. Back matter is the stuff at the end of your book, after the main sections of the book are finished. Front and back matter goes after the book is fully edited and before you begin formatting the content. Jan 03, 2018 the back matter is the concluding section of a book, and it can contain a whole host of information, and many of these sections are entirely optional. Writing your book is the first step in your selfpublishing journey, but in order to really sell books, you have to think like a publisher. Learn what makes up the front matter, back matter, and body so you can create your own book today. On the contrary, salvettes book presents a detailed coverage of crucial aspects of front and back matter and metadata and is informed by his experience at his publishing company bb ebooks.
Whats it matter the front and back matter of a book the happy. Jan 10, 2014 last week here, i presented the parts of a book which appear in the front of the book. Much of what was once the front matter of books should now go in the back. Front matter and back matter grammar factory publishing. The reason is that the mainmatter numbering is continued from a previous works and will continue in the next works, and. For readers and writers alike, this is where the magic happens but its not just the content thats crucial, but also how you arrange it. Front matter is the stuff in your book from the page after the cover till the page before chapter one. Back matter or end matter is the content that goes at the back of your book to help you sell more books and grow your audience.
Make it shine by arranging it in the proper order and designing it for great readability. Just as front matter is what you find at the beginning of a book, back matter, simply. It is meant to be a quick reference for readers looking for a specific instance of a certain keyword. The specific elements included at the end of the book should appear in the table of contents in the front matter. Acknowledgements if author wants them in the back matter an acknowledgement page is usually a one to two page. As you create your ebooks whether its meant for kindle or kobo or nook or whoever, you have the option of inserting front matter or back matter sections. Jan 24, 2020 back matter is anything you place into your book following the end of your tale. If the reader gets that far, they can get the rest of the wayif interested. An index is a section that appears at the back of a book that details people, places, events, and concepts that were significant throughout the book. Kindle create displays your book in three sections. Today, we look at the elements which make up the back matter. Optimizing your front matter and back matter makes this possible. Were novices, so working with front matter and back matter is a new experience. Anyway, can back matter be considered part of the 32 pages in a picture book.
An epilogue is a type of back matter that comes immediately after the main text, and occurs most often in. Look through the following list of front and back matter pages and make a note of the number of pages youll require for your front and back matter. The afterword generally explores how the book came to be written, or how the ideas were developed. We all know what the title page is, but whats a half title. After this comes the body of the book and after that, what is called the back matter. Including all of the necessary parts of a book and putting them in the right order is the first step to making your book credible and professional. These sections of back matter are often supplementary in nature, and inform the reader about some aspect of the book.
How to use your books back matter to massively boost your fanbase, get more shares, and explode your platform. The front matter includes any material that precedes the text. The back matter of your books is a powerful marketing tool. Why your back matter matters hidden gems book blog. Back matter is information about a book and the writer which follows the end of the main text. To me, its the love and family elements that make up the beating heart of dark matter. Back matter definition is matter following the main text of a book. Back matter pages are numbered continuously with the main text. The back matter types menu lets you indicate an items type. Most fiction works will include one or two pages at the most, perhaps including acknowledgments and an about the author page.
You can split, merge, or rearrange chapters as needed. Nov 17, 2019 end matter is the material at the back of the book, generally optional. There are probably some pages that are not included in your word count, such as pages in your front and back matter. The order of pages shown above is customary but not mandatory. Nov 28, 2017 the front matter is a section in the beginning of a book. Make sure you know what is supposed to be in your book and where it is placed. So that you earn a commission everytime someone makes a purchase via your bibliography link. Its the page at the very front of the book, not used in all cases, that has only the title of.
An epilogue is a piece of writing toward the end of the book that is usually used to bring closure to the story afterword. Items in the back matter of a fiction work can include an epilogue, afterword, and author ads. Books can be divided into three areas front matter, body content and back matter. The front matter is paginated using lower roman numerals, however, the back matter is not. Mar 02, 2016 carrie charley brown is hosting reforemo read for research month, a time when writers challenge themselves to read picture books as mentor texts to improve their writing. Your book back matter might be the most valuable section of the book. Book back matter includes some or all of these pages.1474 2 1184 145 605 243 758 697 207 1065 1222 678 330 955 824 1191 1390 787 360 838 122 1286 340 1331 118 1290 1235 1303 612 1289 226 804 783 1299 278 853 655 974