Various Book Elements

  • Front Matter (starts prior to the main content of the book) The front matter pages are typically numbered in lowercase roman numerals. Even though all of the pages in the front matter 'count', no page number is placed on either display pages (such as Title or Copyright pages), or blank pages.
  • Here are the typical parts of a book's frontmatter:
    • Title page - will show the full title of the book with subtitle, your name and any affiliations you want us to list.
    • Copyright page
    • Copyright Acknowledgments (for titles with reprinted / permissioned material)
    • Dedication
    • Table of Contents
    • Foreword (usually written by someone other than the author)
    • Preface (usually written by the author)
    • Acknowledgments
    • Introduction
  • Body Matter (the main content of the book) - Parts / Sections / Chapters - in that order
  • End Matter (optional materials at the back of the book)
    • Glossary
    • Bibliography
    • Index

Some things to keep in mind

  • Table of Contents (TOC) - If included it is essentially the book element that is the 'road-map' for your reader. The TOC lists each part, section, chapter, and headings that you feel are appropriate. Most non-fiction books and textbooks list at least the primary headings of each chapter. Your manuscript must match the order, context, and titles of the TOC.
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