Part 2

The second part of a series to share how I took my book from a humble, regular Word document to a fully-fledged, pretty ebook available on Kindle + all e-readers and devices.

ps. I’m currently putting the paperback version of my book together… and I’ll be adding the ‘paperback’ part to this series, too. So stay doubly-tuned for that :)

Here are the other parts in the series so far:

Part 1: From Word document to book / “a little journey”

Okay, we’re starting out at the point where I had the body of the book done. Your writing process, especially for that first book, will be totally unique for you. For me it consisted of painstakingly-but-determinedly gathering written interviews from a range of self-published authors who I wanted to include in the book.

So by now I had a giant Word document* that was the “body” of my book. For The Indie Author book, this was:

So the body was now all there.

*As I mentioned in Part 1, I used Microsoft Word, but you can use whichever writing software you like.

Now came ‘adding front and back bits’ to the body of the book, to have a completed final manuscript.

These front and back bits are aptly named front and back matter. Makes sense, right?

First I had to decided which front and matter pages I wanted to go for, and then create those pages in the Microsoft Word document.

If you compare a handful of the books on your bookshelf, or in a bookstore, you’ll find that some books have more front and back pages than others, and they’re not always in the same order. For example, the dedication page – an optional page where you can write who you’d like to dedicate the book to (mine was dedicated to my good friends Mat & Angie*) – is found in the front matter, but some authors choose to put it early on in the front matter, and others choose to put it right at the end of front matter. Simple do what feels right for you… the joy of being an indie author is that you can just that. Isn’t that wonderful?

*You’ll find both Mat and Angie in 📝 My story so far / a longer “about me”, in which I share my life story. It’s like a mini-memoir of my life from my earliest memories till 2022 / Jas aged thirty-two, and at more than 8,000 words, it’s almost a fifth of a (50,000) word novel.

For inspiration, I had a look at some of the existing ebooks on my Kindle, and I decided I just wanted to include (front and back matter) pages that were necessary and would add something to the book.

Here’s what I went with for my book’s front and back matter:

1️ My book’s “front matter”

For my book’s front matter, I decided to go for:

So that was my front matter: copyright page, dedication page, introduction & epigraph. It’s worth noting that you can have your interview after all your front matter, right before your first chapter if you wish to, I chose to include it in my front matter. It’s totally up to you to do… again, you can do what feels right for your book.

2️⃣ Then I had the “main body” of the book…

which consisted of those 50 author interview mini-chapters that I mentioned.

3️⃣ My book’s “back matter”

And then came the back matter, which for me included the following:

And that’s it.

So those are the front and back matter pages that I added to the main body of the book.

This now meant that I had a completed book, ready for publishing.

After that, I ran a spelling and grammar check to make sure that everything was as correct, neat and tidy as it could be before I then converted this Word document to the eBook (EPUB and MOBI) and PDF files.

Note: I personally chose to self-edit my book, and I had no beta-readers or anything like that.

And that’s it for Part 2 and “adding front and back matter” to my book.



This little series was originally filmed for my youtube channel… here’s the accompanying vlog to this post:

Stay tuned for Part 3, and the more-complicated-than-expected adventure that was formatting my now-completed Word document manuscript to the ebook-friendly version(s) for Amazon Kindle and the other e-book devices…

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Hey, I'm Jas :) I’m a writer and writing coach. I run a self-publishing studio @ Indie Writer Press, and I run a blog for writers with ADHD @ The Indie Writer.