By: Jessica Bell
Book promotion expert Ben Cameron always says “writing the blurb is the hardest 100 words you’ll ever write”, and many authors are also stumped when it comes to writing the front and back matter – another task that usually falls just when you’re feeling
least like writing another word, after completing your book’s
final edit. 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. If done haphazardly, it’s a sure sign in most
people’s eyes that the book content will not be up to par. So please do take
these things as seriously as your story.
First, I’ll explain what to include, and how to order it in a paperback. Then I will tell you how to reorder the content for your ebook.
Front matter can be subjective as it varies from book to book, but I’m going to advise you based on what I would do. The order isn’t set in stone, but it’s what I think looks the best in a paperback.
Praise for Title of Book
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. You can always trim the quotes down too. If you don’t have any quotes, or don’t want to get quotes from authors or media to put here, don’t worry about it, just start with the next step.
Tip: Here’s a great article on how to get quotes for the cover of your novel on AbsoluteWrite.com (an excellent forum for writers).
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