Special Page Formats

Atticus has a number of specially formatted pages for various front and back matter additions to your book. While these pages have been formatted to meet general industry standards and expectations, your book is unique and you can use mix and match these pages to suit the needs of your book.

It's important to note that not all books use all of the types of front and back matter pages in their books. In fact, using all the options would probably be overkill in most situations. 

At the bare minimum, every book should always include:

  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Table of Contents (optional for print versions)

It is also very highly recommended that your book also includes at least one page of back matter to share with your reader more about the author, how to follow your work, and/or how to read more of your content.

Any other front or back matter pages are optional and should only be used when they add value to your book in some way.

Here are some examples of how each page is designed.

Automatically Generated Pages

There are two pages that Atticus will generate with content populated and updated based on the details and content of your manuscript: the title page and your table of contents.

Title Page

Atticus will automatically generate a title page based on the Book Details you input. It will include:

  • Title
  • Subtitle
  • Author(s)
  • Publisher Name (Link Optional)
  • Publisher Logo

Once exported, the title page will feature the theme you have chosen to apply to your book. If you don’t like the look or design of the automatically generated title page, you can delete it and replace it with a customized page of your own.

Sample screenshot of Title Page details inside Atticus

Table of Contents

The Table of Contents is the only page you cannot import into Atticus or delete from your book entirely. It is automatically created with properly formatted internal links so that when you update your content, the TOC will also update.

You can use the “Include In” feature to remove the TOC from the printed version of your book.

Once exported, the TOC will feature the theme you have chosen to apply to your book.

Sample Screenshot of automatically generated table of contents in Atticus

Customizable Front Matter

There are multiple specially formatted pages you can add to the front matter section of your book. Each has a slightly different layout and, while you can customize the content that you add to these pages, the content will be presented in specific formatting.

Copyright

Every published book must have a copyright page, regardless of whether you’re self-published, traditionally published, or sharing free content on your own personal website. A copyright page protects your intellectual property rights against plagiarism.

Atticus will pre-load every book with a basic copyright template that you can edit. You can also create yours from scratch if you prefer.

Copyright pages will typically contain all or some of the following content:

  • Copyright notices
  • Legal notices
  • Book edition, with dates and versions
  • Publisher information
  • Library of Congress catalog number
  • Disclaimers
  • Typefaces
  • Printer’s key
  • Printing history
  • ISBN

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • No chapter title
  • Text is "pinned" to the bottom of the page for print versions
  • Formatted with the regular text editor
Sample screenshot of Copyright page layout within Atticus

Blurbs

Blurbs are often featured on the front or back cover of a book or promotional materials and sales content for a book, but many authors also like to include them in the front matter of their book as well. When publishing through KDP, the first few pages of your book can be seen using the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon, and blurbs are a great way to capture interest and show social proof for your book.

A blurb is typically a 1-2 line endorsement provided by a celebrity or well-known authority. You can also use this specially formatted page to share an editorial review.

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • Simple chapter title (title only, no other decorations)
  • Formatted with the regular text editor
Sample screenshot of Blurbs page layout within Atticus

Dedication

Not all books include dedications, but many authors choose to share a special thank you to someone(s) or something(s) who have made an impact on the writing of the book. This may be on a personal or professional level and can range from heartfelt to comedic and anything in between.

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • No chapter title
  • Text is centered
  • Text begins 1/3 down the page
Sample screenshot of Dedication page layout within Atticus

Foreword

A foreword is a section of a book written by someone other than the author, often to provide context on the book itself or to share unique insight. It is much more common in non-fiction books, and frequently written by a subject matter authority.

Forewords are also common if the book is being published post-mortem or if it is an improved or expanded upon edition.

If your book includes both a foreword and a preface, the foreword should come first.

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • Simple chapter title (title only, no other decorations)
  • No drop cap or lead in small caps
  • First paragraph is not indented
  • Text begins 1/2 down the page
  • Formatted with the regular text editor
Sample screenshot of Foreword page layout within Atticus

Preface

A preface is most commonly found in non-fiction books. It’s an opportunity for the author to share a personal story, build credibility as a subject matter expert, or otherwise begin the relationship with each reader.

A preface can also be used to explain why the book was written, or what the author’s connection to the subject matter might be.

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • Simple chapter title (title only, no other decorations)
  • No drop cap or lead in small caps
  • First paragraph is not indented
  • Text begins 1/2 down the page
  • Formatted with the regular text editor
Sample screenshot of Preface page layout within Atticus

Epigraph

Epigraphs are sometimes included at the beginning of books and sometimes even at the beginning of each chapter. They’re typically a quote, poem, or verse that acts as an intriguing segue or set up for the content to come.

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • No chapter title
  • Text is treated as a block quote
  • Text begins 1/3 down the page
Sample screenshot of Epigraph page layout within Atticus

Introduction

An introduction is designed to prepare your readers for what to expect in the main body of the book.

Introductions are most commonly used in non-fiction and are a great space to explain who you are, why you are writing the book, and what readers should expect to gain from reading the book.

Introductions are often placed in the body of the book, before the first chapter, and are therefore not strictly considered front matter.

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • Simple chapter title (title only, no other decorations)
  • No drop cap or lead in small caps
  • First paragraph is not indented
  • Text begins 1/2 down the page
  • Formatted with the regular text editor
Sample screenshot of Introduction page layout within Atticus

Prologue

A prologue is similar to an introduction but used in works of fiction. This section of your novel is considered outside the main plot story, but will always be closely related to it.

You might use a prologue to introduce a character or setting, or provide relevant background information for the main event to come.

Similar to an introduction, a prologue is typically placed in the main body content of a book, before the first chapter, and is therefore not technically front matter.

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • Simple chapter title (title only, no other decorations)
  • Includes drop cap or lead in small caps chosen at theme level
  • First paragraph is not indented
  • Text begins 1/2 down the page
  • Formatted with the regular text editor
Sample screenshot of Prologue page layout within Atticus

Customizable Back Matter

Similar to the front matter pages, there are many specially designed pages you can add to the back matter section of your book. Once again you can customize the content for these pages, but the formatting will be set according to industry standards.

Similar to the front matter pages, there are many specially designed pages you can add to the back matter section of your book. Once again you can customize the content for these pages, but the formatting will be set according to industry standards.

Epilogue

An epilogue is very similar to a prologue, but it occurs at the end of your story, though usually separate from the main plot. It might offer a glimpse of the future to share a sense of closure with your readers, or entice them to read the next in a series or collection.

Similar to the prologue, the epilogue should be placed in the main body content of your book and is therefore not technically back matter.

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • Simple chapter title (title only, no other decorations)
  • Includes drop cap or lead in small caps chosen at theme level
  • First paragraph is not indented
  • Text begins 1/2 down the page
  • Formatted with the regular text editor
Sample screenshot of Epilogue page layout within Atticus

Afterword

The afterword is an opportunity for the author to offer any final explanations about the book, and is most common in non-fiction. Some books include this as part of the body content whereas others will place it in the back matter.  

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • Simple chapter title (title only, no other decorations)
  • No drop cap or lead in small caps
  • First paragraph is not indented
  • Text begins 1/2 down the page
  • Formatted with the regular text editor
Sample screenshot of Afterword page layout within Atticus

Acknowledgements

Very similar to a dedication page, the acknowledgements page is a place to say thank you to anyone or anything who has helped make the book possible. Being a part of the back matter, authors will often use acknowledgements to recognize a number of sources, or offer more detail about why the source is being recognized.

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • Simple chapter title (title only, no other decorations)
  • No drop cap or lead in small caps
  • First paragraph is not indented
  • Text begins 1/2 down the page
  • Formatted with the regular text editor
Sample screenshot of Acknowledgements page layout within Atticus

About the Author

This page is for authors to share their bio with their readers. How it is written will depend on the genre you write as well as your desired relationship with your audience.

The Author bio page is usually written in third person and shares information about the author such as where they are from, what their hobbies and sources of inspiration are, how and why they became an author, or why they write the type of content they write.

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • Simple chapter title (title only, no other decorations)
  • No drop cap or lead in small caps
  • First paragraph is not indented
  • Text begins 1/2 down the page
  • Formatted with the regular text editor
Sample screenshot of About Author page layout within Atticus

Also By

Some books include the Also By information on the same page as the author bio, but many have a separate page dedicated to sharing more works by the same author or publishing house that the reader might be interested. This page can become a very powerful marketing tool.

Atticus Generated Formatting:

  • Simple chapter title beginning 1/8 down the page (title only, no other decorations)
  • Chapter title is smaller than regular title size
  • Body text is centered
Sample screenshot of Also By  page layout within Atticus

Atticus Page Format Cheat Sheet

We've created a simple cheat sheet for you to use as easy reference when creating your special page formats within Atticus. To save a copy to your computer, right click on the image below and choose "Save As."

Atticus Page Formats Cheat Sheet

Right click and choose Save As to save a copy for future reference!

For more guidance on what to write in each type of special page throughout your book, Kindlepreneur has you covered with their cover to cover guide detailing all the parts of a book

Happy formatting!