Formatting your Front Matter

When we look at files, one of the most common problems we see is in the layout of the front matter. (The front matter is all of the material—title , page, , , etc.—that appears before the main text of the .)

With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of things to keep in mind while you’re formatting your book.

1. No matter what, the first page of your PDF file will be the first page of your printed book. It will always fall on the right-hand side of the book. No matter how you choose to paginate your book on the pages, in the world of and computer files, this first page is officially page “1”.

2. Because of this, all odd-numbered pages in your PDF file will fall on the right-hand side of your book. All even-numbered pages in your PDF file will fall on the left-hand side of your book.

3. Most book content traditionally begins on a right-hand, odd-numbered page. Thus, the , dedication, table of contents, main , etc. should all begin on an odd-numbered page.

4. If you’re having trouble visualizing the page flow of your front matter, we recommend prepar- ing your front matter as a separate file with no page numbers. We can combine the files for you (this service is included with our Standard Set-Up).

5. If you’re viewing your file in Acrobat Reader: Under the “View” menu, go to “Page Display.” Se- lect “Show Cover Page in Two Page View.” Then select “Two Page Scrolling.” This will display your file in the same way it will print, with odd-numbered pages on the right, and even-numbered pages on the left.

6. If you’re viewing your file in : Unfortunately, there’s no way to view your file in the same way it will print. If you’re viewing your Word pages side by side, it is essentially showing you the reverse of how your book will actually print. Please keep this in mind.

7. All end with an even-numbered, left-hand page. If your file ends with an odd-numbered page, the book machine will insert a blank page at the end of it.

8. Most traditionally-printed books begin and end with two blank pages. However, since blank pages are charged at our standard page rate of $0.02/page, you may choose to not include them.

When in doubt, we find it’s often very helpful to open up a traditionally-published book on our shelves, and actually look at the way it’s paginated and the way the front matter is set up.

When necessary, we’re happy to insert blanks or rearrange pages for you. As part of the Standard Set-Up, we can handle these sorts of file fiixes twice—once in the original file, and once in your first upload of revisions after you’ve seen your proof. However, after those two instances they’ll incur a small extra fee for future revisions, which is why many prefer to handle it themselves.

Following are some diagrams showing traditionally-formatted front matter. We hope they help! Correctly formatted front matter, as viewed in Acrobat.

The page numbers shown below the pages are the pages in the file itself. The page numbers shown on the pages are the page numbers seen in the . We’ve decided to use for the front matter—a common method of —for illustrative purposes. If you’re having any trouble, we recommend not in- cluding in your front matter. Also, please note that the front matter elements we’ve included— dedication, Table of Contents, epigraph, etc.—are not needed in every book. Perhaps your book includes fewer, or more, front matter elements. This is just intended to show you how no matter what your book includes, it should always begin on an odd-numbered, right-hand page.




blank Title Page

ii iii

2 3

copyright page dedication

iv v

4 5

continued on next page blank epigraph

ii iii

6 7

blank Table of Contents

iv v

8 9

blank Main text begins ( 1)

vi 11 or 1

10 11

Some people choose to begin their main text with page 1, no matter what the actual page number is in the file (in this case, page 11). This is the simpler way to proceed if you’re submitting your front matter and main text as two separate files, for combination later.

Other people prefer to begin their main text with the actual page number in the file.

Both of these methods are perfectly fine, normal, and traditional. Correctly formatted front matter, as viewed in Microsoft Word (page-by-page view)

blank blank

i ii

1 2

Title Page copyright page

iii iv

3 4

dedication blank

v ii

5 6

continued on next page epigraph blank

iii iv

7 8

Table of Contents blank

v vi

9 10

Main text begins (Chapter 1)

11 or 1