The front and back pages in a book are the final steps to a long creative process. Second to the cover, they are the next experience the reader has with the book. If formatted carelessly, it presents a lack of professionalism. To ensure a consistent readership experience, here are 5 pages a thriller author should include in their book.

Title Page

The title page is the first page the reader see’s after opening your book.

Purpose:

The title page reaffirms the contents of the book to the reader.

Includes:

It includes the title of the book. The subtitle, if the book is part of a series or otherwise included a subtitle. The name of the author. The name of the publishing company, and in most cases the city and state the publishing company is headquartered. The image below shows an example title page.

Dedication Page

The dedication page is an optional page placed after the title page.

Purpose:

A dedication is the expression of friendly connection or thanks by the author towards another person.

Includes:

Most dedications are short in nature. They provide one or two names the author would like to publicly acknowledge as contributing to the publication of the book either directly or indirectly. They may also include a favorite quote.

Copyright

The copyright page is the third page inside of the book.

Purpose:

This page covers all the legal mumbo jumbo like copyright, references, sources, restrictions, and any disclaimers or use of content to your readership.

Includes:

A current year (of publication) copyright with author name.

Any rights or restrictions you’ve attached to the book.

In work of fiction you’ll want to include something similar to the following:

“This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.”

You may even want to include (as the example below shows) your book title with author name and ISBN if you purchased an ISBN.

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About the Author

The about the author page introduces the author of the book to the reader. But that’s just part of it.

Purpose:

To grow readership. As fiction authors, this page is crucial to the success of the author. It stands to increase the readership and email subscriber list of the author. This page is within the free look period of Amazon. Therefore, it should be used to grow the author subscriber list using a call to action.

Includes:

Headshot.

A call to action and a lead magnet to direct the reader to the author website where they receive a free gift (unpublished short story with the same hero as current book, free sample of upcoming book, etc.) and ultimately become a subscriber.

Website logo.

Back Page

As you can see, the back page is essentially the same the about the author page. With some notable exceptions.

Purpose:

It’s purpose remains the same. To grow readership.

Your call to action needs to be the most prominent piece of information on this page. Ditch the headshot for the back page. This is your last chance to get the reader to click through to your website and join your email list. Using the call to action, send the reader to a special page that provides access to the lead magnet (free unpublished short story). DO NOT SEND THE READER TO YOUR HOME PAGE.

Includes:

A call to action and a lead magnet to direct the reader to the author website where they receive a free gift (unpublished short story with the same hero as current book, free sample of upcoming book, etc.) and ultimately become a subscriber.

Website logo.

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