Every writer knows the importance of a great story, cover, and all the other elements that make up a good book. We spend hours writing, re-writing, and editing. We make sure our cover looks perfect. We scan our interior to make sure every typo and punctuation mistake is corrected.
Finally, we are done and we are ready to send our file to our interior layout person to be formatted for e-book and print. Not so fast. There is one very important part that you’re forgetting. This is called your back matter. What is back matter?
Back matter is the information you add so your readers know what your other books are, how to get in touch with you, learn more about you, etc. There are various parts to your back matter. Got Your Back? The Importance Of Back Matter In Your Books.
If you don’t have your own back and make sure people know where to find you and how to get in touch with you, then who will?
Got Your Back? The Importance of Back Matter In Your Books.
Examples of back matter.
About the Author-This is where you write your biography and tell people all about your writing journey.
Other Books-This is where you list your other titles.
Book Club Questions-A fun way to engage your readers is to add questions at the end of the book for discussion. By doing this, who knows someone may choose your book for their own personal book club which can lead to several reviews.
Recipes-If you have a passion for cooking and mention certain meals in your books, why not add some recipes too.
Checklists-If you are writing a non-fiction book, you may want to add a link to a checklist or personal assessment for your reader to fill out and get feedback on.
Social Media Links-Add all the links to your social media accounts from Facebook, Pinterest, Google, your website, your blog, etc.
Mailing List Invite-Casually invite your readers to learn more about you and your books. (Ex: Please sign up for my newsletter to keep up on my latest releases, enter contests, learn more about my characters and more.)
Request reviews-This is a great way to get reviews. Simply put, If you liked this book, please leave a review on Amazon.
There are various elements to back matter and you don’t have to use every one. If you are a new author and only have one book, make sure your bio, social media accounts, an invite to your mailing list, and a review request are included.
If you have several books, make sure you list them all, add your bio, add social media links, mailing list invite and review request. Book club questions, checklists/assessments, and recipes are just fun extras to make it interesting. Whatever you do, make sure you add this simple page to your book. It makes you more ‘human’ and ‘reachable’ and your fans will love that.