Monday, April 18, 2011

The Author Post: Blog #3, "Steps"

Hi again and welcome to my third post!  I'm staying in Faith that several of you will see my blog and want to be a part of it!  I have so much to tell you all!

The other day I spoke of my story and now I'd like to continue on with the steps before resubmission of my manuscript.  There are many pages to work on besides the Main Text.  Below, you will see what they are, in the order they are to appear in your book with descriptions of each:

Title Page- Includes the Title, any Subtitles and your name.
Dedication- To whom your book is dedicated to, usually someone near and dear to you who has touched your life and has been a source of encouragement.
Acknowledgments- Anyone whom you want to acknowledge as being a major influence in your success.
Table of Contents- All the Chapters are listed here.
Foreword- Often, a foreword will tell of some interaction between the writer of the foreword and the writer of the story.
Preface/Prologue (Introduction)- A short introduction of your book, promoting excitement to the reader, and a description of yourself. A preface generally covers the story of how the book came into being, or how the idea for the book was developed.
Main Text- All the story text in your book.
Epilogue- A piece of writing at the end of your story's text to bring closure to your work.
Afterword- Placed at the end of your book describing how the idea for your book was developed.
Appendix- Added at the end giving reference to any related material used.
Index- A list of words or phrases as to where useful material relating to that heading can be found in document.
End notes-  End notes are collected under a separate heading at the end of a chapter in a book or a document.
Bibliography- Works sited.
Biography- About you, usually on the in-covers or back cover.
Endorsement- A testimonial written by a professional, famous person or public figure endorsing or promoting your book.  One who would have good appeal to the marketing of your book. Found mostly on the back cover of your book.  (You must go out on a limb with this one..write a letter to someone in the public eye!)

These are important steps in order to maintain the flow of your book into production!  Of course, all of the above pages may not pertain to your book, or are not necessary.  Therefore, you are to choose which ones you'd like to include in your book.  Title Page, Dedication, Preface, Main Text are essential, however.

The above pages must be edited until you are completely satisfied.  Remember, they are to be put into your book for millions to view!

I hope this helps you begin the final process before production.

Remember, also, that all this information is written not only to inform you of the steps for a possible future book you may be working on to be published, but it is also meant to motivate you into getting the work accomplished, too!  Until tomorrow...bless you all!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Erin,
    It is very nice to meet you. I am a fellow Tate author and just wanted to introduce myself. I would also like to invite you to participate in something called Friday Fragments. It is a way to meet some really nice people and a lot of fun.
    The explanation and instructions will be on my blog later tonight.
    Good luck with everything I am getting so excited and nervous at the same time:)