Book Front Matter Template, Examples & Checklist

Whether you want to get your book looking a bit more professional or just add a few more pages to feed to Amazon Select Kindle Normalized Page Reads algorithm, getting your book front matter and back matter in check is an essential part of publishing that every author should be familiar with.

Today, I’m showing all of my cards with the Words Are Swords Publishing book front matter template, back matter, book copyright examples, about the author examples, and everything else that we use in every single one of our books that hits the shelves.

Download our free Book Front Matter Template & Checklist below!

This book front matter template & checklist includes:

  • Fiction and Non-fiction Book Copyright Examples
  • About the Author Examples
  • How to Write a Porlogue
  • How to Write a Table of Contents
  • Author Bio Examples
  • Customer Book Review Request (The Classy Method)

Book Front Matter Template

1. Title Page

A book’s Title Page page is required for both fiction and non-fiction books.

All title pages must include the following:

  • Book Title
  • Book Subtitle
  • Author Name

A book copyright page is required for both fiction and non-fiction books.

All book copyright pages must include:

  • Date the Book was Published
  • Location Where the Book was Published
  • Publisher Information, (if applicable)
  • Author Name
  • Book Title
  • Edition of Book

Book Copyright Example

Copyright © 2021 by Words Are Swords Publishing. All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, scanned, photocopied, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the author or publisher, with the exception of brief passages used for review.

Published in the United States of America by Words Are Swords Publishing, Los Angeles, California.

Title of Book

First Edition.

Author of Book.

See more books by Ryan Stabile at

Fiction Book Copyright Example

This is a work of fiction. Unless otherwise indicated, all the names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents in this book are either the product 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.

3. Disclaimers

Disclaimers are typically used only in non-fiction books. Disclaimers can be used within the book’s copyright page to apply to all of your book’s content. If a disclaimer only applies to a certain chapter or small section of your book, the disclaimer should be added just before, or on the same page as, the content it applies to.

Liability Book Disclaimer Example

Upon using the contents and information contained in this book, you agree to hold harmless the Author from and against any damages, costs, and expenses, including any legal fees potentially resulting from the application of any of the information provided by this book. This disclaimer applies to any loss, damages or injury caused by the use and application, whether directly or indirectly, of any advice or information presented, whether for breach of contract, tort, negligence, personal injury, criminal intent, or under any other cause of action. You agree to accept all risks of using the information presented inside this book.

Errors Book Disclaimer Example

Although the publisher and the author have made every effort to ensure that the information in this book was correct at press time and while this publication is designed to provide accurate information in regard to the subject matter covered, the publisher and the author assume no responsibility for errors, inaccuracies, omissions, or any other inconsistencies herein and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

Results Book Disclaimer Example

The publisher and the author make no guarantees concerning the level of success you may experience by following the advice and strategies contained in this book, and you accept the risk that results will differ for each individual. The testimonials and examples provided in this book show exceptional results, which may not apply to the average reader, and are not intended to represent or guarantee that you will achieve the same or similar results.

Financial Book Disclaimer Example

The publisher and the author do not make any guarantee or other promise as to any results that may be obtained from using the content of this book. You should never make any investment decision without first consulting with your own financial advisor and conducting your own research and due diligence. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the publisher and the author disclaim any and all liability in the event any information, commentary, analysis, opinions, advice, and/or recommendations contained in this book prove to be inaccurate, incomplete or unreliable, or result in any investment or other losses.

Affiliate Marketing Book Disclaimer Example

Some of the links on this site are affiliate links. Please keep in mind that I may receive a small commission when you click these links and make a purchase. I want to assure you that this does not impact the quality or validity of this book. I do my best to provide fair and balanced information to help you make the best choice for yourself by providing all the details I myself would want to see.

4. Dedication

A Dedication is optional for both fiction and non-fiction books.

A short dedication from the author. Dedications are typically formatted 2/3 or ½ down the page, centered, and in italics.

5. Forward

Forwards are typically written by someone other than the author. Bonus marketing points for having a famous author or someone with a recognizable name within the same genre as the book.

6. Introduction / Preface

An Introduction Page or Preface Page are optional for both fiction and non-fiction books.

An introduction or preface chapter can be used in both fiction or non-fiction as a way to ease the reader into the main content of the book.

7. Prologue

A Prologue Page is optional, but typically only used in fiction books.

A prologue or prologue is an opening to a story that establishes the context and gives background details, often some earlier story that ties into the main one, and other miscellaneous information

8. How to Use This Book / Getting the Most Out of This Book

This is a part of your book front matter for non-fiction books that can be added as an instructional guide to help readers better process the information included in the book.

9. An Important Message From the Author (Customer Book Review Request Page)

Every book regardless of the book’s genre, all authors should include a brief passage in the book front matter AND back matter that asks the reader to leave a review. Adding “An Important Message from the Author” as part of your book front matter will get the reader’s attention and give the author an opportunity to ask for a book review.

eBook Customer Book Review Request Page Examples

(I used this in the eBook version of my branding book, 3 Days to Launch, 1,000 Days to Mastery)

Ryan Stable is a publisher, digital marketing authority, motivational speaker, and the bestselling author of the Small Business Digital Marketing Essentials series, the Author’s Guide series, the Blood of Legends series, L.A. Downbeat, and over 30 other titles at

His small press publishing agency, Words Are Swords Publishing, was founded in 2014 to help talented authors turn exceptional writing into a lifetime career by providing turnkey publishing, book marketing, and author publicity solutions. Find out what your book marketing strategy is missing at

An Important Message from the Author” Customer Book Review Request Paperback Example

This is a generic customer book review request page that can be copied, pasted, and modified to your liking.

Notice how there are no hyperlinks in the paperback version:

I poured my heart and soul into putting together this book. Before we get into the meat and potatoes of this truly incredible story, I have one simple request: Please do not forget to leave a review for this book. The value of book reviews – even just a single review consisting of a few words – can have a tremendous impact on the trajectory of books, the people who read them, and the authors who write them.

If you spend the next 30 seconds leaving a review for this book within the marketplace you purchased it, it will not only help me enormously, but it will also help readers like you who are looking for amazing stories like the one you’re about to read.

Whether you choose to leave a review for this book now or later, by simply sharing one thing you learned or liked about this book, you will help support me in writing more books like this and more readers around the world who are seeking similar books.

I am grateful you have chosen to purchase this book and are taking the time to read it. You can find my other books at any book retailer. 

Thank you,

Steven Matthews

Readers typically only leave reviews for books either if they are incentivized or if you make it really easy for them. This is why I ask them to “spend the next 30 seconds leaving a review“.

There are a few different ways you can make it easy for customers to leave a review for the book they’re reading.

  1. Amazon (Directs to Review Page for Most Recent Orders)
  2. Amazon Review Page for the Book: [ADD ASIN OF BOOK HERE]
  3. Since you can’t leave hyperlinks in paperback books, I make use of QR codes that lead directly to the review page when a reader scans it with their phone. This is the free QR code generator I use.

Book Back Matter Template

1. Conclusion / Summary

A summary that recaps & highlights everything learned in a non-fiction book.

2. About the Author

Both fiction and non-fiction books should always include an About the Author page in the book back matter.

eBook About the Author Examples

Ryan Stable is a publisher, digital marketing authority, motivational speaker, and the bestselling author of the Small Business Digital Marketing Essentials series, the Author’s Guide series, the Blood of Legends series, L.A. Downbeat, and over 30 other titles at

His small press publishing agency, Words Are Swords Publishing, was founded in 2014 to help talented authors turn exceptional writing into a lifetime career by providing turnkey publishing, book marketing, and author publicity solutions. Find out what your book marketing strategy is missing at

Paperback Book About the Author Examples

Bestselling author Steven Matthews has lived a life full of adventure and intrigue. Born into poverty, Steven had to learn a variety of skills to survive. He’s worked as an app developer for a while, then opened series of restaurants, then started a cannabis growing operation, built it up, and sold it. He used the money to build and live in a tiny house for a few years while traveling around North America meeting people and doing odd jobs, he wanted to see more. When he realized he couldn’t take his house across the ocean, Steven sold it and moved to China for a few years… That’s when things got interesting.

Today, Steven lives in the desert outskirts of Las Vegas in a house he designed and built himself. Together with his miniature American Eskimo, Gala (Portuguese for “Lady Killer”), Steven is determined to share all of the experiences, skills, and stories he’s picked up over the years. He hopes that the content of his books will be able to help readers as much as it has helped him. He hopes to hit 100 published books by next year.

The difference between the Recommended Books section for eBooks and paperback is simply that eBooks can include a link directly to where the book can be purchased online while paperbacks cannot.

QR Codes can be used to insert a link where the reader can purchase a book within a paperback. Create QR codes for free here.

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You basically get the idea as far as the Recommended Books page in the back matter of a book goes. This is typically the final page in all of my books. If the reader finishes 100% of your book, there is a high probability of them checking out another one.

More Free Author Tools & Resources

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Author Community Question

Did we miss anything? What frontmatter or backmatter do you typically include in your books that isn’t listed here?