The publisher and standard practice determine the order in which parts of the manuscript are submitted. After purchasing the “Online Premier Pro” publishing package from iUniverse, the “Manuscript Preparation Guide” was downloaded. This document provided all submission guidelines, including page and text formatting, and organization of the manuscript.
The bulk of the manuscript is organized as follows: Front Matter, Book Block and End Matter. The Book Block or main text is the manuscript core. The Book Block consists of:
Introduction: A short description of the book containing things about the main text the reader should know prior to reading the book.
Chapter Layout: My publisher, iUniverse, specified how to format the manuscript. Each chapter begins at the top of a new page, directly following the last page of the previous chapter. I specified that each new chapter would begin on the recto (right-hand) page of my book.
Epilogue: A brief concluding section that is not given a chapter number. It is usually seen in fiction to update the reader regarding what happened to characters after the book ends.
Afterword: A brief concluding section that is not given a chapter number. It is usually seen in nonfiction books. It may be used to review strategies and give advice (...then tell them what you told them).
Conclusion: May or may not be given a chapter number. A broad and deep “...then tell them what you told them,” providing an extensive summary of ideas, concepts and advice to leave the reader with a profound understanding of the concepts presented. It may contain guidelines about what to do with the information.
About the Author: A short biography that summarizes (1) expertise in the discipline in which the book is written, (2) previous books published, and (3) a summary of current location, living companions, and what type of work occupies the author’s time.
You will have to buy the book to read the full text however I have selected several short passages to give you a look at my writing style. These might be considered “short stories” as they are complete vignettes pulled out of several chapters. These are the passages I read at book signings at local book stores. Several are attached to this page. To read these passages, click on “Tonsillectomy” at the upper left corner of this page.