Adding Front & Back Matter

In this article, we will show you how to add the front & back matter to your book in Atticus. 

In Atticus, books are divided into three main sections:

  1. Front Matter (Copyright, Dedication, Foreword, Introduction, Preface, etc.)
  2. Main Content (Chapters, Full Page Images)
  3. Back Matter (Epilogue, Afterword, About Author, Also By, etc.)

Some of these elements will be created when you import your work. You can, however, add any of these elements at any given time. 

Step 1: Selecting an Element to Be Added

In order to select to be added to your book, click the “Add Chapter” button at the bottom left corner of the screen.

This will generate a dropdown menu with a number of different elements to choose from.

Step 2: Editing an Element

Simply click the selected element you would like to add to your book, and Atticus will automatically:

  1.  Open the element so you can edit it
  2. Place it in the predetermined section of your book

Step 3: Reorganizing the Elements

If you should decide that you would rather have a certain element be part of the Back Matter instead of the Front Matter (or vice versa), simply drag and drop the element to your desired location.

The following default front matter elements cannot be moved into another section:
– Title Page
– Copyright
– Table of Content

  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Table of Content

Step 4: Converting Your Elements

Atticus lets us convert our created elements into another element. To do so, simply hover over the element you would like to convert, click on the ellipses, and then hover over “Convert To” to generate the dropdown list of all available elements to choose from.

The following default elements cannot be converted:
– Title Page
– Copyright
– Table of Content

Front & Back Matter Glossary


Blurbs:A collection of short descriptions of the book, written for promotional purposes.
Dedication:A space for the author to dedicate the book to someone.
Title Page:A page displaying the book title, author, and publisher.
Epigraph:A short quotation or saying at the beginning of a book.
Foreword:A piece of writing that introduces the reader to the author and the book.
Copyright:Legal and publication information about the book.
Table of Contents:Displays links or page numbers for chapters of the book.
Introduction:A section introducing the scope or nature of the content.
Preface:An introductory section typically written by the author.
Prologue:Sets the background to a story and is part of the narrative.


Epilogue:The final segment of a story, effectively serving as one final chapter.
Afterword:A statement on the entire narrative, frequently told from a different period of time.
Acknowledgements:A section to recognize and thank everyone who helped with the book.
About the Author:A short author bio and relevant links to websites and social media.
Also By:Other titles published by the author, and links to purchase them.

Last Updated: 09/21/2021

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