Organising the prelims

These are the opening pages of your book before you get to the story. They vary from book to book and used to be numbered with Latin numerals, but now we tend to leave the numerals off the prelims. Your text should start on a right-hand page by tradition.

Prelim order for a paperback

This is a modern standard layout for prelims. although there are no rules and all sorts of things might need be incorporated in your novel like a family tree of the characters if it’s a dynasty novel or a list of other titles published by yourself.

The golden rules (although rules are made to be broken)
Title page – always on the right-hand side (in case the cover is lost?)
Imprint – always on a left-hand page
Chapter 1 – always on a right-hand page (usually with a blank page to the left of it)

What you need to include:
Title page – Title and Author (can be a reflection of the front cover in style)
Imprint – A copyright statement (see below) and date of publication. You can always put your contact details here if you wish. There are almost as many forms of copyright statement as there are publishers, but this one covers the bases so you can cut and paste from here.

Typical copyright statement
Copyright © Your Name 2018
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the author, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.

Published by Bruce Aiken

A maths and physics student who ran away to art college and has worked as a freelance creative ever since.

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