[Sorry this is late today guys! I’m working on a super exciting project that I’m launching this summer, and my day got away from me!]
Publishing 101-Phase 2
[Your Manuscript] Organizing
Everything you need to know about Indie Publishing
in a Step-by-Step Plan
Is Your Manuscript Organized?
So you manuscript has been written, edited, proofed, tweaked, and proofed again. You think you are finally ready to get this baby published, right? Well, almost, but not quite. There are still a few things you need to write and gather before you a get your manuscript ready for publishing.
Title Page which lists the title, subtitle and author. Sometimes this is a black and white printed image of the cover, but sometimes it is unique.
Pertinent information for the copyright page. This includes but is not limited to:
- A disclaimer if your work is fiction
- Copyright permissions for any Bible verses or other copyrighted material you use within your manuscript
- Photo credits for any photo used in or with the book
- Your ISBN
- Your contact information
- Credits for whoever did your editing or design work (interior and/or cover)
- Your book’s listing categories
A dedication and/or any acknowledgments
A Foreword if you have one
An Introduction or Preface if you want one
Any endorsements or reviews if you’ve collected them
A Table of Contents (especially if you wrote nonfiction; optional with fiction–but necessary in the linked e-book age)
Any References or Footnote material you have included in your book
A list of terms you want to include in an Index if you need one
Any graphs, charts, tables or worksheets you promised in your book for the Appendix
High-quality photos (300 dpi) in a separate file if you’ve included them in your book
A high quality author photo for the back cover or front or back matter
An author bio with information pertinent to your book and/or topic
A bio for any co-authors or illustrators or partners pertinent to your book
A list of your other works and where to get them
Your website and contact information
Your compelling back cover copy to help create interest in your book and to spur book sales
This week, write and edit and gather up these items for inclusion in your book. Store them in a file called “Front and Back Matter” because most of these items will appear in either the front of your book, or at the end.
Your Turn: Which of these pieces do you most dread preparing? Why?