Front matter, back matter, tables of contents, ISBNs, disclaimers–all the bits and pieces that must be organized and managed in order to create a professional ebook–baffles many writers. What’s necessary, what’s optional, where does it go? At least half the search terms that bring people to this blog involve how to manage the extra material in an ebook.
Well, good news. Our good friend at BB eBooks, Paul Salvette, has published a book that answers everything. Non-technical, sensible, and comprehensive, it’s a terrific guide that explains just about everything you could possibly want or need to know. As I write this, it’s free. ( I downloaded a copy as a pdf to keep as a handy reference.) This publication also goes into detail about metadata, another area where do-it-yourself self-publishers often struggle.
So if you have questions about where to put your dedication or how to manage footnotes or what’s the best way to build a table of contents, Paul will show you how. Just click on the book cover.
THANK YOU, PAUL!
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Thanks, Jaye. We struggled to answer emails about these topics, so we decided to get organized and round everything up in a book. Although not sexy, we hope it’s useful for the indie community.
Doing something like this was on my To-Do list and I just crossed it off. 😀 It looks like it answers just about every question I am asked.
Thank you, Paul – your kindness WILL be remembered
Oh! Going to download! See if I can possibly understand what he’s talking about.
Paul’s a natural teacher, Julia. No problems.
As soon as I saw that Paul’s name was on it (I’m on the BB email list), I downloaded it.
I’m not quite finished writing Book 1 of Pride’s Children, but I’m still aiming for October, and all those things that were ‘to be done later’ have started to appear on the ‘must do now’ list. How does anyone survive the self-publishing of their first book?
And this is the place where I can’t get help, because my method for getting help is to do it myself first, so I know what I need help with, and what I want. Bad method – but me, because I know there will be changes and changes before I’m sure about anything – and I would rather publish late than not have exactly what I want. Or what I think I want, anyway.
Later I will relax and let other people do my bidding. I think.
Thanks for the tip … and thank you Paul! 🙂
Thanks so much for this recommendation! I picked up this book as well as the eBook Design and Development Guide and am working my way through them. Great blog, and great suggestions for resources!