Make the Front and Back Matter of Your eBook More Effective with these Simple Tips

The key factors in any self published book (eBook) is the front and back matter.  This can make your eBook look professional and a quality product.

Follow my tips below to create your front and back matter:

Front Matter

Copyright Page

Depending upon the publisher or authors, this page can vary.  See below for the template with the information required:

Copyright © 2015 Helen Bolam

All rights reserved.

Published by Vine Leaves Press 2015

Newcastle,  United Kingdom

No parts of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner.

This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. Under no circumstances may any part of this book be photocopied for resale.

This is a work of fiction. Any similarity between the characters and situations within its pages and places or persons, living or dead, is unintentional and co-incidental. [Remove this bit if your book is nonfiction. If it’s a memoir, you may like to insert: Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.]

About the Author

This is pretty self explanatory, many authors choose to put this in the back of their eBook.  Keep it short and sweet and make sure you include your website URL: http://1976write-helenbolam.blogspot.co.uk.

By Author Name

List all of the other eBooks or books you've published under these category headings: Non fiction; Fiction; Poetry.

Title - Page 1

Your title and author name.  Place them in the centre of the page in a large clear font.


If you're self publishing through Amazon Kindle you'll be given an ISBN on the back cover.

Dedication Page

You can make this detailed or as simple as you feel e.g. For Bill, and a reason why.  You could include quotes from other authors that are relevant to your subject.  Remember to centre your dedication.

Order of Front Matter

Page 1: Praise (or About the Author)
Page 2: Blank
Page 3: Also by Author name
Page 4: Credits Page (input information)
Page 5: Title Page
Page 6: Blank
Page 7: Dedication
Page 8: Blank
Page 9: Blank

Remember to start your first page on an odd number.

Back Matter

You can include a lot of things in the back of your eBook.

Here are some popular things:
  • Authors note
  • Acknowledgements
  • Adverts or upcoming titles
  • Sample excerpts from upcoming titles
  • Call to connect with you on your website or social media platforms
  • Call to sign up to your newsletter
There is no correct order for any of the above.  Be as creative as you feel.  The Acknowledgements page generally comes after the end of your story or non fiction content.

If your eBook is non fiction it will need a TOC (table of contents) in the front of the eBook.

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