What are Front-Matter and Back-Matter?

For those of you who are new to book writing, this is an important question. Here are some basics. Most books may be viewed as having three major internal components (not counting the front and back covers): the front-matter, the body, and the back-matter. The body is the content of your book (division, chapters, sections

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Linking Clauses with Conjunctive Adverbs

A word that connects one phrase or clause to another is called a conjunction (literally join). Common examples are and & or. When an adverb is used this way, it’s called a conjunctive adverb. Conjunctive adverbs, which we’ll call simply “clause links”, may show, for example, cause and effect, sequence, contrast, or comparison. Here’s a

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Writers Need Editors Because …

Here at AES, we read a lot of published books (both printed and electronic). And we find lots of errors. This is especially true for self-published works. The question is why? Here are some thoughts. First, the writer introduced the errors—that’s likely because the writer was more interested in telling the story (fiction or non-fiction).

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