Book Publishing Tips for Self Publishing

What is an Index in a Book?

By Kevin Osworth | December 13, 2017 |
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While the glossary defines specific words found in a book, the index merely tells you where to find them. As a part of the back matter, the index is found in the end pages of a book, and it can be a resourceful tool for readers who may be using the book in their research,…

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What is a Glossary in a Book?

By Kevin Osworth | December 8, 2017 |
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Continuing with our series on back matter, today’s blog is all about the glossary. Sometimes called the idioticon, vocabulary, or clavis, the glossary is essentially a book’s personal dictionary. Utilizing one in your book is a great way to define, list, and expand upon unfamiliar, made up, or intricate terms used in the book.

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What is an Appendix Page in a Book?

By Kevin Osworth | December 4, 2017 |
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You already know that a book’s back matter includes the epilogue and afterword (or postscript), but did you know it also includes an appendix page? An appendix page is a section located at the back of a book that includes any additional or supplementary information on the book’s topic, such as other books on the…

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What is an Afterword in a Book?

By Kevin Osworth | November 30, 2017 |
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Just like the foreword comes before the story within a novel or a book, the afterword comes after and is included in the back matter of the book. The afterword is often confused with the postscript. 

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What is the Front Matter of a Book ?

By Kevin Osworth | November 28, 2017 |
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For the last few weeks, DiggyPOD’s blog has been discussing the various elements of a book’s front matter – that is, all the different pieces that fit together and introduce the author, the story, the themes, and its importance. The front matter, and all its components, is a seriously important part of the book. It’s…

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What is a Book Title Page and Half Title Page?

By Kevin Osworth | November 17, 2017 |
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Probably the most basic aspect of the front matter is the book title page and the half title. This is one of the aspects of front matter that is in every book, no matter the type or genre. It’s there in poetry collections, memoirs, biographies, historical books, novels, comics, children’s books, short story collections, etc.…

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What is a Book Introduction?

By Kevin Osworth | November 13, 2017 |
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Continuing with our series on the front matter of a book, today’s discussion is about the book introduction. The introduction to the book is different than the foreword, preface, and prologue. We’ve already learned that a foreword is written by someone other than the author of the book, that a preface is a sort of…

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What is an Acknowledgement Page?

By Kevin Osworth | November 9, 2017 |
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It takes a village to write a book, and the best way to thank those who’ve helped you, in some form or another, is by writing an acknowledgement page. An acknowledgement page is a special place in a book, one dedicated completely to inspirational, helpful, and encouraging persons in the author’s life. Whether big or…

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What is a Preface in a Book?

By Kevin Osworth | November 3, 2017 |
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Over the last couple of weeks, our blog has been focused on the varying aspects of a book’s frontmatter – from dedications to forewords to today’s post, which focuses on the preface. The preface is a section that comes before the story, and it is often jumbled up with the introduction, foreword, and prologue. These…

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What is a Foreword in a Book?

By Kevin Osworth | November 2, 2017 |
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There are so many different components that make up a book – the story itself, and all that comes before it, like the introduction, the dedication page, the preface, and the foreword – that sometimes it’s hard to keep them all straight. In this blog, we’ll be discussing what a book foreword is and how to…

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