End Matter Mayhem
Do you want end matter? I do. I want my readers to have fingertip access to my other novels right as they’re finishing the book they’re reading and are riding the high of absolutely loving it (come on, we’re being optimistic here).
So, if you’d like end matter in yours, take a look at what I’ve put in mine, the two free short stories you might have glimpsed back in part 1. Look good to you? It’s just as easy as chapter headings.
Here’s what I have at the back of my upcoming novel, Abigail:
Big thanks go to my beta readers Katy and Dymphna for their time and effort in helping make “Abigail” better. Another shout-out to my little sister Sheridan for the cover artwork. Many thanks to Julia Crane, author of YA novel “Coexist” who has been my pal and confidante through the first months of this business. As always, a shameless plug for Guido Henkel, author of the Jason Dark series. His series of blogs on formatting e-books made this one possible. Finally, big hugs to all my peeps at Indie Writers Unite!—you dudes rock.
If you liked “Abigail”…
Check out Heather’s other published works!
Underneath, a free ebook short story
An ancient city, entombed beneath a museum that seeks to understand the brutal race that once inhabited the underground world.
A young woman with special empathic powers offered a job to create an exhibit of the city’s artifacts.
Underneath, they wait for her.
Available at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble for FREE
Also at Amazon for 99 cents
The House, a free ebook short story
Susan is appalled when she moves back home after college to find her parents are packing the family off to Florida—to her Gran’s empty ancestral home.
The place is a mess, but it goes beyond the aesthetic—something is even more wrong with the house than they ever thought possible, and it’s deeply intertwined in their family’s past.
Some of her ancestors aren’t quite gone, and they’re determined to play out their anger to the bitter end, despite the home’s new inhabitants.
She can only hope her family will make it out alive.
Available for free at a Smashwords and Barnes and Noble
Also available at Amazon for 99 cents.
The Temple, a paranormal mystery novel for 99 cents at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Vale Avari has a mysterious past and a laundry list of super-powers, but that’s nothing compared to what she finds upon moving from small town U.S.A to jolly-good England.
A chance dart throw lands her in Quicksilver, an off-the-map place with a big problem—people are dying, and word is, it’s supernatural.
At her new place of employment, a temple dedicated to the ancient Mother Goddess, Vale learns something even more shocking—women guards are disappearing at an alarmingly patterned rate; women who possess special gifts like her own.
Supernatural powers aside, Vale isn’t ready to believe in the Wild Hunt as the culprit, and she’s determined to prove the deaths are acts of human violence.
Plagued by a brute with a history of domestic violence and lusting after a dark-eyed man with a secret, Vale has a limited amount of time to discover the killer before he strikes again. In the process, she’ll learn things aren’t always what they seem and the supernatural might not be so extraordinary after all.
The Hunt could ride for her.
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords
If you’re an international reader, please consider purchasing my work from Smashwords due to the $2 unfair surcharge Amazon charges you. You can read more about it at author David Gaughran’s blog.
About the Author
Heather Marie Adkins is an independent fiction novelist and avid bibliophile with the library to prove it. She is the author of The Temple, as well as Chick lit novel Constant State of Disaster and a collection of Paranormal romance short stories titled Love and All Its Dimensions, both due out this fall. She is currently working on numerous projects, including a thriller with a ghostly protagonist and the first in a new witchcraft series. A practicing Witch, Heather lives in North Central Kentucky with a house full of animals and the love of her life—all of whom drive her crazy. She can be found daily (mostly) at http://heather.bishoffs.com.
Constant State of Disaster
A Chick Lit novel
Anne Marie has issues and they all stem from her mother.
On top of losing the genetic lottery, she’s also dealing with an unexpected breakup from the man she thought she would marry. When the depression sends her spiraling into a self-destructive party phase that rivals the old adage Sex-Drugs-Rock’n’Roll, her parents decide to get her out before she destroys herself.
AnnRee’s best friend lives and works abroad where she’s just become engaged; Anne Marie is on the next flight out of New York and thankful to be rid of the negativity. A whirlwind bachelorette trip to Ireland introduces her to a gorgeous man who is too good for her, and puts another one of her friends in the hospital, leaving her just as bereft as before.
AnnRee realizes that in order to be happy, she has to create her own way, and it’s not going to be easy.
Sometimes, you have to accept life as it is to get where you want to be.
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It looks like a lot, yep. Acknowledgements; my other published books with hyperlinks; About the Author; and a look at what’s coming next in my world. Your own end matter can be as elaborate or tiny as you wish.
How do we make it mesh with the whole document? Same way we did the chapters. Highlight “Acknowledgments” and choose SWChapter. Highlight “If You Liked “Abigail”…” (or whatever title you put on your published works page), and click SWchapter. Do the same for “About the Author” and “Coming Soon”.
Voila. End Matter.
To make your book titles stand out, particularly if you’re like me and you want to list more than one, highlight your title and choose your SWBooktitle style. There you go, instant eye catcher.
As for adding the hyperlinks to your book, oh so simple. Highlight the word you’re using, in this case, I’ll have to do each Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords individually. So, you highlight, say, Amazon. Right click. Choose “Hyperlink”. It brings up a box for you to enter the URL to the webpage. Click OK. Always verify that your links will click through to the right webpage. It would suck ears of corn if your reader clicked to view your next book on Amazon and ended up on someone else’s. Bye, bye Sale, hello promo for another author. I also add the hyperlink to my website in both instances where it appears, as well as adding a link to the words “David Gaughran’s blog”.
Now, the HARD PART. But, it’s only one more part to get through, hang in there, you’re nearly done. Pick yourself up off the floor and prepare to celebrate, because it’s going to be beautiful.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them and I will attempt to respond promptly with either an answer or perfectly crafted bullsh**. I’m not an expert!
If you’re looking for ebook formatting tips for files OTHER than those used at Smashwords, let me refer you to ebook god Guido Henkel and his nine part series on crafting the perfect ebook.