Whether it's a preface, an introduction, a foreword, or a prologue, the text that comes before your first chapter is important for setting the stage for your readers.

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While words and pictures and ideas are what make a text, book formatting and cover design are what really transform the words and images into a "real book."

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For quick reference, here’s a cheat sheet of common components used in book design. Remember, most books don’t have all of these, so use this glossary to get the parts you DO have in the right place.

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