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Title: Back Matter
Post by: laura-jenkins on January 12, 2014, 08:29 AM
I think Back Matter is the correct term.  Anyway, can back matter be considered part of the 32 pages in a picture book?  Some pb I've seen have back matter added onto the back cover, but I am hoping that back matter can be included in with the 32 pages.
Title: Re: Back Matter
Post by: JulieM on January 12, 2014, 02:07 PM
Oh yes, in my experience the back matter is usually included in the 32 pages. Have a look at some PBs in the library to prove it to yourself. Or googlebooks if you don't have a library close by.
Title: Re: Back Matter
Post by: HaroldU on January 12, 2014, 02:54 PM
Backmatter is almost a requirement in nonfiction PBs, if that is what you are writing.
Title: Re: Back Matter
Post by: Vijaya on January 13, 2014, 05:19 AM
Sure. I've seen it done both ways.
Vijaya
Title: Re: Back Matter
Post by: laura-jenkins on January 14, 2014, 12:27 PM
Thank you everyone. 

One other question I have is:  Is the back matter included in the word count for the book?  My ms has an 800 word count and that does not include the back matter.  Now I'm sure after I do a few revisions the word count will drop, but still, will the number of words be included with  the word count of the story itself?
Title: Re: Back Matter
Post by: JulieM on January 14, 2014, 01:08 PM
In my experience, it is not included in the word count.
Title: Re: Back Matter
Post by: kwlarson on January 14, 2014, 04:51 PM
I would not include back matter in the word count. I would list it separately on the manuscript. Also, your back matter typically is included in our 32 pages. I've seen a lot of it start on spread 30/31 and go onto 32.


Kirsten Larson
Title: Re: Back Matter
Post by: laura-jenkins on January 16, 2014, 06:21 AM
Thank you so much for your help everyone.