For a book to get published it is important that all the parts of the book are in the right order. It makes the book look professional. The book block is the inside of the book and it is divided into three sections: The front matter, book block text and back matter.
The front matter introduces your book to the readers. The front matter section appears right before your main text and it consists of the book’s title, copyright information, author’s name and maybe even a preface or a foreword.
Half Title Page
The half page title contains only the title of your book. No subtitle or byline should be included here.
Series Title Page
The second title page of the book consists of all your previously done work. Remember to list all your previous publications alphabetically it makes it easier for the reader to skim through your work
The title page of the book consists of the full book title, subtitle, author’s name co-authors name if any or a translator.
This page consists of the copyright notice which further contains the year of publication and the name of the copyright owner, Generally the author is the copyright owner but in some cases an organisation may also be the copyright owner. It can also consist of permissions, acknowledgement and disclaimers.
(Table of) Contents
Table of contents is usually included in non-fiction works that have parts and chapters. In a fiction work contents page can be used if it has unique chapter titles. If your chapter name is Chapter 1 , Chapter 2 then it would not be required to make use of contents. If you are including a table of contents in your book please make sure to make the division clear and list all the chapters and other divisions.
A foreword is a statement about the book and is written by someone who may be an expert or is very famous in the field of book’s topic. A foreword gives the person authority to your book and it is also a marketing strategy to increase the sales of your book. A foreword id mostly used in non-fiction work
A preface includes the reasons behind you wrote this book, maybe your inspirations, your research methods and the acknowledgments. You can also list down your qualifications and expertise as an authority in the field you’re writing. A preface is more common in non-fiction books and is rarely used in fictional books.
In the acknowledgment page you thank the people who have provided you with support or have helped you in any way during the writing process. You can also give credits for illustrations. If the information is too lengthy you can put the information in the back matter before or after bibliography.
The introduction generally talks about the main text that a reader should know before reading the book. An introduction refers to the main body of the work itself. You can choose to describe in more detail the research methods and maybe the overall concept of the book.
An appendix is included in the back matter because it would have disrupted the flow of reading if it would have been included in the main text but it is important for readers to know that is why an appendix is included in the back matter. It can include reports, background research or sources etc.
A glossary is used when an author uses some words that may be difficult for the readers to understand or are words specific to the book. It should be alphabetically arranged and their definitions should be on the right side of it.
Bibliography or References
The bibliography and the reference sections include the list of resources that you used to write your book. It should be alphabetically arranged by the author’s last name.