What Should Go Inside Your Book
As an author, writing a book is a big challenge. You want to put your best foot forward, and part of that is attaining some level of knowledge as you’re producing something worth selling. You don’t want your readers to be able to tell the difference between your self-published book and a traditionally published book. From face value, the first most distinguishable difference can be the cover art. The challenge of course is – can you make your interior look as professional as the exterior? Assuming you invested in a cover designer, there’s no real discernable difference on the interior of a book as long as you follow these guidelines!
The Half Title – Imagine the book in your hands, and as you open it, you see the title and nothing else. Just the title. That’s why it’s called The Half Title. This page is not crucial, but if you want it to look like a traditionally published book, it’s a good place to start. Also, your book’s font on the cover should be the same inside for your title for consistency.
Copyright Page – The copyright page usually goes on the back of the title page. This is where people will find your publication information, legal notices, ISBN numbers, cover designer, etc.
Dedication – This can be under the second Title page, but it’s recommended that the title have its own blank page by itself.
Foreword— It offers supportive information relevant to the book. It is usually signed with the writer’s name, place and date. This is best to be written by an influencer, or highly remarkable person in the industry. Some people like to include the acknowledgements later in the book. I like to include them here. It doesn’t really matter where they go, you should just make sure you have them.
Introduction— Here the author explains a little bit more about the book. The introduction can also be written by an influencer, or if they’re unable, the author’s words can suffice. This is another place to fit in a testimonial or antidote.
Table of Contents – Have a clear outline of your story. It is expected that your eBooks’ Table of Contents will be clickable and interactive, so keep that in mind as well!
Reference Pages – Of course you’ve been doing your research as you wrote your book, so this is like the appendices page: lists recommended books, websites, organizations, or other resources that relate to the book.
Body or Chapters – Add quotes throughout your book as needed. You can also create videos to go with each chapter that go along with your “Free Offers” (For your Opt-in).
Contact and Social Media Info – At the end of the day, your readers will want to know where they can connect with the writer of this book when they’re done! Put that website and contact information safely, front and center for them to find.
BONUS: Back Cover – You’ll need to include the following to hold your own on the digital and physical bookshelves: +A synopsis of what the book is about; Book reviews or testimonial quotes about the author; A photo of the author; A photo of the author – We want to put a face to the voice we’re reading from!
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