Front and Back Matter Matters

Front Matter

The front matter of a book is the material on the pages between the front cover and the first word of the novel. It contains the title page, the table of contents (if there is one), the copyright and publishing information and the dedication.

The title page contains (The minimum a title page should contain is the title of the book and name of author):

…Book Title

…Book Subtitle (if there is one)

…Name of Author


…Place/Year published

The legal matter can be contained on either one or two pages, but should include material such as:

…Name and Address of Publishing Company, including website address


…Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication (CIP)

…Copyright (such as: Text and illustrations copyright ©2012 by Diane Lynn Tibert)

…All rights reserved (name of publisher).

…Publishing Date

…Where printed (such as in Canada)

…Something to protect your rights, such as: No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher. Any requests for photocopying, recording, taping or information storage and retrieval systems of any part of this boo shall be directed to Access Copyright, The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, One Young Street, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario  M5E 1E5. This applies to classroom use as well.

…Cover Design: (state the name of the person or company who created the cover)

…Edited by (state name, address/web address, company: whatever you and your editor agree upon.)


Please note

All places and characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people and places is coincidental.

This book was written using Canadian spell

The Dedication can be as simple as a single name (John) or as complicated as several names with explanations behind each.

What I’m working on:

Although many hands helped bring this book to publication, my journey to Ath-o’Lea would not have begun without the wisdom, dedication and humour of one man: Peter Mortimer.

Those few precious years between being a kid and becoming an adult are volatile. During this time, I was fortunate enough to discover the world of fantasy through the portal in which the greatest dungeon master I knew led me.

He’s the one who introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons, to Argon (who eventually became Bronwyn) and encouraged me to explore the land of fairies. He’s the best dungeon master I’ve ever known, and he’s impacted my life in ways I can’t even explain.

I met him first as a dungeon master that warm summer day running through the Boys & Girls Club lounge and later learnt he was our new club director. He stayed for about five years and created the club I’m glad I didn’t have to live without. They were the most important (and volatile) years of my life (13 to 18).

Back Matter

The back matter of a book is the material on the pages between the last word of the novel and the back cover. This includes other books by the author, About the Author, glossary, index and resources (if need).

The About the Author section I’m working on:

Diane Lynn McGyver was born in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, and spent her summers running barefoot along the shores of Liscomb Harbour and rowing her small boat across its still waters. She remembers her first trout caught in the river by the same name and the feel of the soft black mud as it curled around her toes. Back at home, she found solace in the trees and travelling the footpaths to the Secret Pond, The Falls and The Rocks. At every corner, beneath every branch and on every ripple, the spirits watched her and sometimes shared their stories.

Over the past dozen years, Diane has appeared in several magazines, including Saltscapes Magazine, Canadian Gardening and Horse & Pony. She currently writes a genealogy column, Roots to the Past, using her birth surname, Tibert. The column appears in seven newspapers in Atlantic Canada.

Shadows in the Stone is her first fantasy novel. Long before she placed the last period, Diane knew three books would follow. Scattered Stones, Healing Stones and Gathered Stones will round out The Castle Keepers series.

For more information on the making of this book and the editing used, visit Diane’s website:

Front and back matter may seem trivial—stuff that has nothing to do with the story—but it’s important for many reasons. If you have to create these parts by yourself, go to already published books for inspiration and structure. You’ll find many examples. Choose one or a little from several and add it to both your print and ebooks.

Certain information is not necessary for ebooks, such as printed in, because ebooks are not printed.

Also, you’ll note that I used my pen name in many places (about the author, book by…), but when it comes to copyright, put your real name; it’s the best way to ensure you retain copyright in the event someone with your pen name tries to wrestle rights away from you.

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