A: Most front-matter elements, such as a prologue or preface, don’t get numbered as part of the manuscript. They’re best introduced with a slug: a very short description in the upper-left corner to help organize the book. For a prologue, include the name of the section and the name of your book—e.g., Prologue: My Life as a Tango Dancer. Using a specialized slug for these sections erases the need for page numbers, so you can leave the upper-right corner blank. When you hit your first chapter, start numbering with Page 1.
If you feel uncomfortable leaving off page numbers in the prologue or you really enjoy toying with Roman numerals, feel free to include all the Is, Vs and Xs you want in your front-matter elements. It’s really your call.
Brian A. Klems is the online managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine.
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