Occasionally people squeeze it onto the top of the copyright page, when space is tight. If this page was helpful, you may also be interested in Writers and Editors (a sister site with links to tremendous resources for writers, editors, and those who hire or read them) Books for writers and editors Resources for editors and publishing professionals Style, grammar, and diction (links to very helpful specialized websites) Agents and book proposals Publishing and e-publishing Self-Publishing and Print on Demand (POD) Collaboration and ghostwriting Freelancing, telecommuting, contracting Copyright, fair use, work for hire, and other rights issues So, You Want to Write a Book!See Order of Front Matter Question I am in process of writing my memoirs and after reading your explanation of preface versus introduction.... It would seem awkward to separate my short half-page intro into two parts. Pat's response What matters is what makes sense to the reader. Its not obligatory, but its a terrific tool for sending your reader off charged with excitement about your book and eager to tell other readers about it." ~ Peter Ginna, from When journalists become authors: a few cautionary tips (Nieman Storyboard 12-15-11) Question: A family tragedy involving a man who helped a healthy wife die. In order of front materials, where would one place a Dedication?The man, my brother in law, helped my sister, who was in good physical health, die. Response: The dedication usually comes right after the copyright page, which is on the back of the title page.ORDER OF BACK MATTER (not all of these are required! To talk about how you got the information what your main sources were (and how they differ from other books on the subject, if this is book #189 on the Kennedys, for example) To provide a framework for what's to follow the hooks on which to hang the pegs of story details To provide, in brief, your main argument or point of view about the subject.) Epilogue Afterword Conclusion Postscript Appendix(es)or Addendum Notes Glossary Bibliography (List of) Contributors (perhaps with brief biographical sketches) Index(es) Errata Colophon (optional, including facts of production, font, etc.--rarely used now) The epigraph (brief quotation or saying), according to Words into Type, may appear on the title page or on the back of the dedication or may replace the second half-title or be on the back of it, facing the text. The dedication usually comes right after the copyright page, which is on the back of the title page. The alternative is to not express your position clearly up front but instead to weave it into the fabric of the biography so that the reader has to read the book to find it. My impression is that you want to suggest your conclusions or viewpoint clearly up front but express them more fully and strongly in the concluding chapter, if there are conclusions to be made.(Carol Saller, Lingua Franca, Chronicle of Higher Education 4-5-12) offers further insights.
A dramatic climax, even an epilogue, is not the same as a conclusion that helps the reader look back at how far he has come and reminds him of the importance of that journey.Joel Friedlander's Unabridged List of the Parts of a Book, one of many great resources on a wonderful page of articles by The Book Designer (he's clearly far more than that).Every non-fiction book needs an index: Heres why (Alan Rinzler's blog, The Book Deal: An Inside View of Publishing) Editors, How Much Is an Index Worth to You?(American Society of Indexers) Authors, How Much Is an Index Worth to You?(American Society of Indexers) How to number the pages of the front matter (SPAN's answers to self-publishers' frequently asked questions (FAQ) How to Make a Book: The Interior and Body of a Book (Creative Minds Press) Linchpindex: The missing index for Seth Godin's "Linchpin" (a quirky online index for Seth Godin's book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?