Adding a Title Page

How to add a title page to your manuscript.

To add a title page, I always open an existing book and copy its title page, then modify it after I've pasted it into my new book. See the title page for this manual for an example if you're writing a non-fiction book. Enter the title page once into a book and reuse it in future work. For your convenience, here is a title page template:

            by [author]
            Version 1.0 – [month], [year]
            Published by [author]
            Copyright © 2021 by [author]
            Discover other titles by [author] at [url] All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form.

Enter the title page above into your book and change the fields inside square brackets to reflect your book.

Note: Another option is to copy the more stylized title and copyright page format that I used for this book. The title page presented in this section is the standard Smashwords title page format. It's functional, just not very pretty.

For the version number, I like to use the first digit as a document version counter and the decimal digit as an edit counter. For example, your first draft would be 1.0, but after copy editing has been performed on it, the number would become 1.1, until the first major modification, 2.1, etc.

If you're writing a fiction novel, include the following text on your title page after the copyright (exclude the italics):

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.