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How to Setup the All-important Front and Back Matter of Your Book within Scrivener

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7 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. An Introduction to the Course

    • 2. Your Class Project for the Course

    • 3. An Overview of the Front Matter and Back Matter of Your Book

    • 4. Setting Up the Front Matter of Your Book in Scrivener (Part One)

    • 5. Setting Up the Front Matter of Your Book in Scrivener (Part Two)

    • 6. Setting Up the Back Matter of Your Book in Scrivener

    • 7. Final Thoughts and Class Wrap Up

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How to Setup the All-important Front and Back Matter of Your Book within Scrivener is actually the fifth class in the Scrivener Simplified series on Skillshare (see a full list of the classes below), which is aimed at Self-published Authors, Content Creators & Other Writers, who are looking to increase their writing productivity by using Scrivener effectively.

In this particular class, you will learn:

  • Why the Front and Back Matter of Your Book is So Important
  • How to Setup the Front Matter of Your Book in Scrivener
  • How to Setup the Back Matter of Your Book in Scrivener

So go ahead and enrol in my class and I look forward to seeing you on the inside.

Scrivener Simplified Series

1). Why You Should Write Your Next Book in Scrivener & How to Import a Word File

2). How to Setup the Research for Your Book with the Research Folder in Scrivener

3). How To Keep On Top of Your Writing with the Project and Text Statistics within Scrivener

4). How To Increase Your Writing Productivity with the Project Targets Feature within Scrivener

5). How to Setup the All-important Front and Back Matter of Your Book within Scrivener

6). How to Save Time and Money Formatting Your eBook Using the Compile Feature within Scrivener

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David ✏ Ault

The Writer Teacher


A Little Bit More About Me

My name is David James Ault and I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our Ragdoll, Blue.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.

In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.

During the last two decades, I have written non-fiction books in a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various inter... See full profile

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1. An Introduction to the Course: Hello there. My name is David James ORT, and I would like to welcome you to this skill share class which shows you how to set up the Elim Porton front and back. Matter of your book within Scriven class is actually the fifth part of the Scriven, a simplified Siri's which is aimed at self published authors, content creators and other writers who are looking to increase their writing productivity by using scrivener effectively in this particular class. You will, uh, just why the front and back matter of your book is so important. How to set up the front matter of your book in Scrivener in town to set up the back matter of your striven Go ahead and enrolled in my class and I look forward to seeing you on the inside. 2. Your Class Project for the Course: Hello. In this short video, I am going to talk about your class project for this cruise. Quite simply, Once you have completed each of the lectures in the class, I would like you to state different cause toe action that you plan to include within the front and back matter of your next book. And so then let us know about it within the project gallery. And don't forget to include whether each particular cool toe action will appear in the front or the back matter of your book. Good luck with your project on. I look forward to seeing your planned calls to action in the project calorie soon. 3. An Overview of the Front Matter and Back Matter of Your Book: So let's say that you have written your book. It has been professionally edited. You have done a final proof read, and of course, you've had your cover designed. And now you're basically already to compile your book into an e pup and a Kindle format for distribution to the different E book retailers. Before you start setting up the formatting options within scrivener and clicking on that compile button, it is vitally important that you have correctly set up both the front matter on the back matter of your book. Believe me, front matter matters and back matter probably matters even more. So what do I mean by front matter on back matter? Well, simply put, front matter is everything that comes before your story begins and back. Matter is everything that comes after your story finishes. Traditionally, front matter consists of special pages in your books, such as the title page, the copyright page, a pre face of forwards, etcetera, etcetera. While the back matter should consist of certain calls to action, basically it is an opportunity for you, the author, to try and direct the reader to somewhere else, which is going to be beneficial to you In the next two lectures, I shall go into detail as to what exactly you should be putting in your front matter and your back matter and how to set it all up within Scriven. Er okay, that's all for now. Thank you for listening. 4. Setting Up the Front Matter of Your Book in Scrivener (Part One): Hello there. In this video, I'm going to show you how you set up the front matter of your e book within Scriven. Er we're actually looking at another off my nonfiction books in the time immemorial history book Siri's, which is about the Christmas truce of World War. Here in the main window is the unformed, matted content, and over here in the binder, other chapters on the sub chapters of my manuscript. Now, if we scroll down to the bottom of the manuscript section, you'll notice that the next section is entitled Front Matter. And this is the section where we can place all the different pages that may appear in the front of our books. As you can see, the section currently consists of three different folders. They were actually the default holders, but you can add to these and change the names of thumb as you see fit. We're actually only interested in the first of the folders entitled People, and this is basically where I have put the special pages that I would like to appear at the front of my book. Traditionally, this is where the copyright page goes. The pre face forward or an introduction. Perhaps, however, we are also going to use it as a place where we can put a call to action. So let's open the folder and see what's there. As you can see, I've also put my books cover in this folder. It doesn't really have to be there as the cover could be taken from any folder in the binder outside of the manuscript, but I like to keep it neat and tidy and in the same folder. But below the cover are the actual pages that may be included within the front matter. I say, Maybe included has actually, when we come to compile the book later on were given the choice of exactly which pages we want to include in a particular book, and I will show you what I mean by that later on in this video. So as you can see, the first page is the title page of the book, and if we click on that, we can see that this will be the very first page of our E book. Now you probably noticed straightaway something different about this page than the other ones within the manuscript. Let's go back here for a bit and look at the text. It is unformed, matted, but the text in this title page has been formatted. If you look at the UN formatted text again, you'll see in the inspector books here on the right 10 side. But compile Aziz has not been ticked, and this is the default setting because all of this text here and in the rest of the manuscript will be formatted. When we compiled the book into whatever form that we choose, however, I would like this particular page to appear exactly as I have set it up here. I want the text centered on. I want it in a particular phone with certain parts in a bold front and other parts in a normal home, which means I have to tell Scriven in this by taking on the box. Compile as is as you can see, as well as the formatted text I've also included the time school logo is an image which I have resized incented, and here is a hyper link that links through to my author website Time School. Now this link is not really a strong call to action, but some inquisitive readers are bound ticket through. They're interested in finding out more about my book and about me. The also the real core traction, though, will come a little later on in the front matter. Now I would like to call your attention to the next page in the front matter Holder, which, you can see is called Title Smash Words. This page is basically the same as the first, except for the fact that it has the words smash words edition included within the text. This is because smash words require this text to be included within the copyright page of a book that is distributed by, And You will notice that my copyright page for both the smash words and non smash words versions has been incorporated within the title pages. This has been done quite deliberately, by me. In order to save space, I wanted to squeeze the title page on the copyright page into a single page, and I shall explain why present so effectively have two title pages in the able, colder one smash words one on one regular one. But as I said before, when it comes time to compile my book, I could just choose the page I want based on whether I am formatting a book for smash words or no, I'll show you what I mean. Now, if we go to Scrivens, compile feature, and we can do that by clicking on either file and then scrolling down to compile at the bottom there. Or we can click on the compile icon here on the tool bar, like so, and I just want to specifically show you how one can choose what pages appear within the front matter. So if we look down here at the bottom, you will see that you can and front matter just by taking on that cheque books on. Then you are able to choose which folder you want, depending on the formats you're compiling to. So, for example, here is the paperback novel Holder. But obviously we're interested in the E book folder. Once the e book folder has been selected, you will see the pages within that solder at the top here, and then it's just a case of ticking or unticketed the pages that you require to be compiled. So here, for example, you can see that the smash words version of the title page has been left untech for this particular book. But that could be reversed. Like so if we were compiling a book for smash words. Okay, that's the end of part one of this video on front matter within Scrivener. I look forward to seeing you in part two. Thank you very much. 5. Setting Up the Front Matter of Your Book in Scrivener (Part Two): Okay, so welcome back to part two of this video in front matter within Scrivener. We're back here in the binder and you'll see that the next two pages I have in my front matter folder are a fool would and the pre face before word has Bean, written by the co author of the book Dr Tara Tempus. And as you can see, she actually wrote this in the year 2 to 64 I'll say that again. July in the year 22 64. I shall read it to you. Dear reader. Although I had studied World War One in quite some detail during my fifth year, a time immemorial high, I was not aware of any Christmas truce until I actually saw it happen with my own eyes. Those of you who have followed my travels through time will, of course, know that it was actually my first trip using a time band. And it is certainly inventing history that has fascinated me ever since. Those of you who are less familiar with my early days as a time traveler are able to read about my exploits in 1914 through a fictionalized account by David James Ought in his book Time School, which on the whole is a faithful interpretation of what took place. The book that you are about to read, however, is in no way a work of fiction. I have painstakingly researched the events leading up to and following the Christmas truce , as well as commentaries and reports in the media, up to and including the Centenary in 2014. David then used this same research to write this book and also to create an online history course entitled World War. The Christmas Truce of 1914 which is definitely worth checking out, especially as readers of this book are entitled to a substantial discount on the regular price. While it is of paramount importance that we never forget the horrors of World War One, I believe it's just a Zim Porton to remember those wonderful moments in history where, despite overwhelming odds, man's humanity is able to shine, even if it is only for a fleeting moment and in particular, a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sensibly noted, We should marvel at this one human episode amid all the atrocities which have stained the memory of the war. Yours throughout time Dr Tara Tempus. So this forward achieves a number of things. I hope it should be intriguing to the reader that the co author is from the future and is a time traveler. It also introduces the reader to two more products written by May, namely Time School, which is a work of fiction and also a premium online course based on the nonfiction book that they are reading. Finally, it sets up the court action with the words, which is definitely worth checking out, especially as readers of this book are entitled to a substantial discount on the regular price after the Ford comes The Pre Face, which is written by yours truly and is basically an introduction to the book. But the final couple of paragraphs again refer to the upcoming call to action. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for purchasing the real story of the 1914 Christmas Truce, and I hope that you find a book both enjoyable and educational. You might also be interested in checking out World War One, the Christmas Truce of 1914 which is a brand new online course that I recently put together . Please note that the readers of this book are entitled to a substantial discount on the price of the course. So there are already two mentions of the call to action before we get to the final page in the front matter, which is the exclusive offer page here, you can see that I've presented the reader with a choice. They can either purchase the $97 course for the special price of $7. Hey, they can sign up to the time school mailing list and get the course for free now. I chose this particular book as an example, as I have just recently published the book on Amazon and I wanted to show you why I was so intent on squeezing the title page in the copyright page together on a single page. So let's go to Amazon, and hopefully it will soon become clear. Okay, here we are on Amazon's home page, And if we click on Kindle books in the drop down and type in Christmas truce, Ah huh, that's what we want. Impressed the search. I come. Okay, here's my book. So we shall click on that. So here you can see the sales page from my book, and it is Amazon's look inside feature that I'm interested in showing you now. Amazon shows 10% of the content of the book within the look inside feature so that your potential reader gets to preview your book now. First of all, it is very important to include as much content as possible within this 10% so that the reader can make a better informed decision as to whether or not the book is something they would like to buy. So with a fiction book, I would advise against a Table of Contents dedication page on a separate title on copyright page and basically get to the story as quickly as possible. But with a nonfiction book, obviously a table of contents is far more relevant. And perhaps a synopsis or an introduction to what the book is about can also be very effective on. I believe that is what I achieved with the forward and the pre face for this particular book. So let's have a look at what potential readers see when they look inside the Christmas truce book. Obviously, they see the book's cover the title page, The Forward by Dr Tara tempers the pre face by me and then the call to action. And then they see the whole of the first sub chapter, a powder keg waiting to explode, which actually ends with a did, you know, feature. So the reader is getting an idea of the type of content that will be included within the book. But let's scroll back up here a bit. Remember, the potential reader is just browsing on Amazon. At the moment, they haven't actually bought the book it, but here is a live link through to my off the website. And more importantly, there are live links to both of the main cause. Toe action. The potential reader can click here and get a $97 course for $7 without actually buying the book. Hey, the reader can even get the course for free by clicking here and then by entering their email on name to join the time school mailing list. Okay, I hope that's giving you a good idea of what a powerful marketing device the front matter of your book can be and how you are able to easily set this up within Scriven. Er, thank you very much for listening. Bye. For now, 6. Setting Up the Back Matter of Your Book in Scrivener: this video is all about setting up your books. Back matter. As you can see, I'm here in Scrivener within my nonfiction book Howard Carter and the Search for Tooting Car Moon. If you have a look over here on the left, you can see the binder pain, which shows all of my books, chapters and sub chapters. Setting up the back matter is possibly a little bit more straightforward in scrivener thin the front matter in so much that I basically treat the back matter of my book as a final chapter of the book. So we scroll down to the bottom. You can see that here is my back matter entitled Further Reading and Resources, which contains a number of different subject, er's. As I said before, this is a non fiction book. But perhaps for a fiction book, you could call this something like more from the author. Here you can see the three sub chapters within the back matter, each of which is a separate call to action. From a strictly commercial standpoint, the back matter is an extremely important section of your book as it provides you with a great opportunity to promote both yourself and your other books. In fact, it is literally one of the most effective forms of promotion that we have available to us. Ideally, your bat matter should consist of three different calls to action, namely one asking the reader for a review of your book to introducing the reader toe. Other books that you have written, ideally, a sequel to this book for fiction or a book that is on a similar topic for nonfiction on Finally and in many ways most importantly. Three. Sending the reader to an attractive lead magnet, perhaps a free book or even audio version of the book there just rate. The key here is that it has to be a really value to the reader, and this is so that you can get the reader to join your mailing lists. You may well have heard the expression The money is in the list. Well, this is especially true for self published authors. On the back matter of your books is one of the best ways to convert your readers to subscribers who you will hopefully one day be able to convert into fans. So those are the three course toe action or with separate links. The order that you placed thes three calls to action in your back matter is up to you, and it will probably depend on what you believe is most important to your business at that particular point in time. Whether that's getting reviews, more book sales or getting readers onto your mailing lists. Okay, now a quick word about the actual links. If your book is in KDP Select on Bus, you are only distributing toe Amazon. Then the links in your back matter are going to be pretty straightforward. But what about if you're distributing through many different e book distributor's let's say , 10 different e book distributor's. Obviously, someone who bought your book on Kobo and enjoyed it will want to buy the sequel on Kobo to likewise some new bought your book on Apple. ITunes will naturally want to buy the sequel on Apple. Now you could create a separate E book with different back matter for each distributor, so that your readers are sure to get the correct links, and that is exactly what I used to do myself. But I now find that a far more effective way of dealing with links within the back matter is to have one generic link back to a specific page, which is dedicated to that particular book. On my author website, for example, I have a page of my time school websites for Howard Carter and the Search for Two Ton Car Moon, which not only has information about this book but also information about an online course I've created on the same subject. By sending the reader to this page on the time school website, I'm effectively trying a soft up sell to someone who's already invested in my book by introducing them toe a fictionalized account of Howard Carter and Tooting Car Moon, as well as to an online course about the same subject. Of course, as a reader of the E book, I'm offering them a good incentive to purchase the course by providing them with a discounted coupon in the same way you can see how I have used the next chapter of the back matter too softly direct the reader to elite magnet as well as introduced the reader toe other books in the series here the reader is able to see the different products I have related to the Christmas truce of 1914. And if the reader is interested enough, he or she can click through and discover that they are able to get a $97 premium course totally free by signing up for the time school mailing list. Now this is not a direct link to my lead magnet for my mailing list, which I showed you within the front matter video. But nonetheless, it plays its part within the Back Matter section and at the same time introduces my readers to other books and products that I have created. So I suppose this is yet another important reason why every self published writer should have their own author website. If you have read my block Siris on the four key investments that every self published author should make, you will already know that investing in an author website is one of those four investments . And if you haven't, why not? I have included a link to the block Siris in the Useful Links and Resources lecture in the introduction to the course, so please check in town. I've also included links to the pages on time school that I've showing you so you can have a look at how have set them up as part of my author website. Okay, that's about it. For creating your back matter within Scrivener. Thank you for listening and goodbye for now. 7. Final Thoughts and Class Wrap Up: I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for completing the course. I hope you got a lot out of it. And if so, please take the time to leave a positive review as it really would mean a lot to me. I also hope that you'll take the time to complete the class project and posted to the Project Gallery. Don't forget that this class is just one of a series of classes about scrivener, so please make sure you check out the remaining classes in the Siri's are really liked the community it skill share and will certainly be adding many more classes in the coming weeks and months. So it might be worth following me in order that you don't miss out when I release a brand new class. And if you have any questions about this course or any of my other courses, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Just drop me a line via the contact form on my website, how to publish an e book. 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