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Title: back matter
Post by: michelle-orrelle on July 18, 2021, 05:54 AM
Hi Writers,
I would like to include information as a backmatter.
I understand manuscripts are 24 or 32 pages long.
I am making a dummy, so does this mean I need to have text for 22 pages and 2 pages of back matter or Text 30 pages and 2 pages of backmatter?
Thanks
Title: Re: back matter
Post by: Vijaya on July 18, 2021, 06:29 AM
:welcome Michelle. Given the standard length of PBs, you still have to budget 2-3 pages for front matter and maybe a page for back. Depending on how the book will be bound, the 1st and last pages could be pasted, so for a 24 pg PB you'll want everything to fit in 20-21 pages and for 32 pg in 28 pages.  The art director will take care of these details though.

Here's a great resource by Debbie Ridpath Ohi: https://www.inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/11/4/free-picture-book-thumbnail-templates-for-writers-and-illust.html  and more here: https://www.debbieohi.com/pbcreation