Cover Page & Dedication Page
The front pages of your book are just as important as the core of your book. Often, people will start their book off with a blank page, to act as a buffer between the book’s cover and the book’s interior. Other people make the cover page the very first page. Often, important elements will be placed on odd pages, which fall to the right, as this is considered the more prominent page. If you look at any number of the books on your shelf at home, you will likely find that the cover page, table of contents, and chapter headers start on odd (right-hand pages) and you never even noticed! Your choice of font should remain the same between your Table of Contents, front matter, core matter, and back matter. Instead of using a different font entirely, use text emphasis (Bold, Italics, Underline, and Uppercase Text) and different sizes to separate categories.
A cover page is intended to provide some basic book information (i.e., title, author, subtitle). It is a simple element which gives the impression that the interior pages are a whole, complete work. Some people include an illustration or fancy typeface on their cover page, but this certainly isn’t necessary. We recommend using the same margins, line spacing, and fonts as found throughout the book. Feel free to experiment with font size, bold words, or italics!
A dedication page is a great way to pay tribute to a person (or persons) who has played an important or influential role in your life, or the life of your book. Some people write dedications to their parents, partners, pets, friends, or mentors. Many others opt to not include a dedication. Either way, dedications are best when kept simple and brief.
We recommend using the same margins, line spacing, and fonts as found throughout the book. Traditionally, dedications are italicized.
Example: Centered, Italicized Dedication
To Tommy & Brady