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*In this issue... ** Front Matter Matters*
*Front Matter Matters*
by Bruce L. Cook
You’ve completed your manuscript. Now, what do you put on the front
pages? (Or, “Front matter” as it’s called.)
Surprisingly, this decision does matter. As superb as your writing may
be, it needs to have a standard start if it’s going to stand with the
Think of it. When you open a book from the library what do you expect
to see on the first sheet? Would you prefer 1) a garish cartoon of
Zoom-Ba-Ba, or maybe 2) the title and author. Not a hard choice, is
Then, on the reverse side of the front sheet, will it be 1) a map of a
fictional land or 2) copyright indicia, cover art credits, Library of
Congress stuff, etc. Again, kind of an obvious choice, especially when
that’s where copyrights are supposed to be placed.
Not bad for a start. Next can be a Table of Contents. (Very easy to
construct in Microsoft Word, by the way.) Then a blank page and then
the first page of your fiction story.
A blank page? Ouch! What’s that? Sorry, it’s just professional to
start main content on the right-hand page. So, blank pages are OK.
Also, within the book, it’s doesn’t hurt to insert a blank page
whenever the next chapter starts on the left, but this isn’t
essential. That way each chapter start on the right-hand side.
But wait! Isn’t there more?
Well, for fiction you may have an acknowledgements page in which you
recognize your spouse for sitting quietly while you write and she
doesn’t get to participate, especially if cancelled family or party
events are involved. And, of course, you should list others who you
have consulted with.
Other possibilities are a frontispiece (the map mentioned above, for example).
An introduction is possible, too, especially if the reader needs to
have certain information to understand the story. For example, history
And, for nonfiction especially, consider a preface in which you survey
the book’s contents, chapter by chapter perhaps.
And, a foreword. (Not a “Forward” please! If you title it that way,
you are embarrassing yourself. It is a word which comes before, a fore
word (one word). Please.
What about back matter, the pages that come after the main pages?
At the end, especially for nonfiction, it’s professional but optional
to include an “About the Author(s) section with biographical material.
Then, after that, an index. (Again, a nice index is easy to construct
in Microsoft Word. Caution, when you click to build it, be sure you’re
not in “show hidden characters” mode!)
Think these things over. If they enhance your book and make it more
professional, why not?
Chances are you’ll find that front mater matters!
Bruce L. Cook
*Strategies for Peace, by Bruce L. Cook and Maria Cristina Azcona
BRUCE L. COOK AND MARIA CRISTINA AZCONA - Full Index. I join Maria
Cristina Azcona in offering this collection of viewpoints on peace
making. She and I joined Ernest Kahan in 2014 to establish the
Worldwide Peace Organization in Argentina. Here we identify a
startling variety of facets on the crystal which represents peace.
Virtually everyone claims to want world peace. Only a few take
measures to promote it. Each writer who seeks peace suggests a unique
dimension. It's our hope that this volume will encourage students,
professors, and peacemakers to consider this comprehensive look at ten
strategy perspectives which, if taken seriously in private and public
life, might lead to our shared objective - worldwide peace in our
time. * Leadership * Language and Leadership * Interspiritual * World
Citizenship * Family Relations * Role of Women * Education * Medical
Actions * The Arts * Conflict Resolution*
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Publishing New Writers,
July, 2017 (no. 1807)
Dr. Bruce L. Cook
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