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Publishing industry jargon
The parts of a book: prelims, body text and end matter
speaking, a book has three sections: the beginning, middle and end. I’m not talking about a storyline here. These are different sections with specific content, and they’re called the front matter, the main or body text and the end matter (or back matter).
author, and this is where they lay out the purpose of the book as well as its scope and content. It’s probably worth noting here that you wouldn’t expect to see a preface in a fiction book, right?
author to thank anyone who inspired you or supported you during the writing of your book. I see a lot of authors include personal thanks to those who put up with them when they were in full-blown monster-writer mode!
What's a half title?
volume number if it was part of a series, and if it was a second or revised edition you could include that here too.
What's a folio?: pages and page numbers
goes on there?
clarify, your page number appears at the outer top edge of your page, or in the centre at the bottom of the page.
think the conventions have loosened a little. And the other thing to mention is that in
academic and business work, you don’t always include page numbers on every page. Or to use the old-fashioned language – you don’t have folios on every folio! See, the more I think about this, the more I think we should ban the word folio!
Double-page spreads, recto and verso
Running heads and feet
they’re found at the bottom of a page, right?
Dropped caps and chapter drops
add in digital content like ebooks and web content, because it can look lovely when it’s done right, but can look like a right old eyesore when it’s done badly. With web content in particular, it might end up looking different across different browsers or devices.
What goes at the back of a book?
bibliography and the index.
want to include in your book but that would wouldn’t fit comfortably in the main text. I’ve seen these in fiction only rarely – perhaps when an author wanted to include some maps of a fantasy world, though even then they’re often included in the front of the book so they’re top of mind for the reader.
perhaps use bold for the main term you’re defining. So what else? Oh, yes, endnotes. Some academic and business books have footnotes – bits of additional information that would clutter up the main text but that would be useful, for example, links to related material. And these sit at the bottom of the printed page. An alternative is to put them at the end of the book and that’s when they’re called end notes. End notes are less intrusive than footnotes.
information. Hyperlinks might work far better than swathes of endnote text.
alphabetical list of all the topics you’ve covered in your book and the page numbers where discussion of those topics takes place. If you need one of these, I strongly recommend you hire a pro. Honestly, indexing is an art form. A bad index is useless – it’ll cost you money if you’re printing. Let’s make sure we put some links to indexing societies in the show notes.
Editing Bites: resources for writers
people from a conversation, but it’s much more likely that it’s simply being used as a useful shorthand. By learning and understanding this terminology, whether you’re an indie author or a fledgling editor, you’ll gain confidence in the language of the production process and be less anxious when making any contributions to a discussion.