Parts of a Book Explained: Front Matter, Body, and Back Matter
Coming to the rescue today is ALLi partner member Jessica Bell, also an author and book designer, with this handy summary. The front and back matter in a book are one of the key factors to presenting a professional and quality product. So please do take these things as seriously as your story. Then I will tell you how to reorder the content for your ebook. The amount of praise is going to differ depending on the trim size of your book, and the type and size of the font used. So if you intend to put Praise in the front matter, make sure you collect enough.
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Many writers who think about self-publishing are taken aback when they start to put their book together for publication. But how do you turn that manuscript into a book? Things like running heads, page numbers, half-title pages, indexes… stuff like that. And the part of a book that most confuses new independent authors, in my experience, is the front matter. That leaves the front matter. Here are the elements you can find in the front matter of books, and a brief description of each.
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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. In the words of the renowned typographer Jan Tschichold — , 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. To produce perfect books, these rules have to be brought back to life and applied". Modern books are paginated consecutively, and all pages are counted in the pagination whether or not the numbers appear. The page number, or folio , is most commonly found at the top of the page, flush left verso, flush right recto. The folio may also be printed at the bottom of the page, and in that location it is called a drop folio.
Beyond just polishing the story or contents of your nonfiction book itself, getting ready for publication involves preparing several different parts of a book — including the front matter and back matter. For a visual aid, we suggest you pull a random book down from the shelf and open it up. You can follow along and see how front and back matter are always arranged the same way. The order of these pages does matter pun intended , so these parts require a little extra attention. You know those first few pages that are typically numbered in lower-case Roman numerals? Though many readers skip right over it, it includes some pretty important information on behalf of the author and publisher!