Organize Your Manuscript’s Pages
Once you have your manuscript written and edited, you will need
to further organize it for publication.
There are quite a few auxiliary pages to consider
including. Some of
these, such as a title page, are mandatory; others are optional.
The pages you choose to include will depend upon the type
of book you have written and your personal choice as to what
additions are appropriate.
Most authors include some, but not all of these in this list.
You will probably find that it is helpful to take a look
at how other books in your genre are organized.
This list starts with those pages that are mandatory and
continues with other pages according to generally accepted
placement within a book.
Copyright page (these two can be combined into one page)
Front of the Book
“Acclaim/Praise for [your book title]”)
Dedication (short, not
to be confused with Acknowledgements [see below])
(usually only one of these)
Table of Contents (often
shortened to “Contents”)*
Back of the Book
happened afterward/is happening in the present)
About the Author
Notes (foot/end notes)
Illustrations/Photographs (these can also be inserted in the
middle or throughout the book)
*Contents can be broken into Part 1, Part 2, etc., within which
are contained chapters.
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