Setting up the interior of your novel. STEP 1 – CHOOSE WHAT IS TO BE INCLUDED

Setting up the interior of your novel.


So many lovely choices when setting out the introductory and closing pages for your novel. Here are some examples of what you might choose. Uh… Don’t use them all at once in your novel. That would be overkill.

Have a look at how popular books are laid out. Apart from this list, as a fantasy writer you might also have a map or a list of runes or other related information.

Some of these relate to non-fiction, but in most cases that is obvious.


Half Title - Just the title of the book

Colophon - Edition dates, copyright, etc

Title Page - Title, Author, Illustrator, same as on spine of book

Frontispiece – An image or piece of artwork which faces the title page. Sometimes the author’s portrait.

Dedication – “For my dog Bluey, who will never read this book.”

Epigraph – Usually a quote, a piece of poetry or a nifty saying.

Contents – Table of contents with page number and chapter headings.

Foreword – By a person other than the author of the book. A foreword might tell of some interaction between the writer of the foreword and author of the novel. It might also describe how the particular edition of the book has changed from a previous version.

Preface – How the book came about, and thanks/acknowledgement for those who were helpful when writing the book.

Acknowledgement – This can be part of the preface, but can also be done as a separate page, acknowledging anyone who was helpful when writing the book.

Introduction – A section which lays out the reason for the book (in a non-fiction book).

Prologue – This opening part of a story often lays a bit of background or sets a character. If you are writing Middle Grade or Young Adult, just call this Chapter 1 as a lot of kids skip the Prologue.


Book Chapters


Epilogue – Often used to bring closure to the story or to lead into the next book in a series. Again, if this can be a final chapter for a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel, then just make it a final chapter, as kids will often skip reading this.

Afterword - The afterword tells the story of how the novel was developed.

Bibliography - A bibliography is a list of the resources you used to write your essay. More common in non-fiction.

Appendix or Addendum - Supplemental information to correct errors, explain inconsistencies or gives update to the information in the book – more likely to be in a non-fiction book but sometimes used in novels – Lord of the Rings is a good example.

Glossary - The glossary gives important definitions in alphabetical order. May give character and places spoken of within the novel.

Colophon - Edition dates, copyright, etc) Can be located at the end of the book or on the verso of the title page. It can include production notes and a printer's mark or logotype.

Postface - a brief explanatory comment or note at the end of a book or other piece of writing.
Index - An alphabetical list of names, subjects, etc. with reference to the pages on which they are mentioned. Most common in non-fiction books.

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