# Koma-Script | Book Class | Title Page: Author's Name Before Book Title [duplicate]

I want the author's name to appear first on the title page.

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MWE

\documentclass{scrbook}

\begin{document}

\title{My Title}
\subtitle{My Subtitle}
\author{John Doe}
\date{}

\maketitle

\end{document}

• You should really create your own titlepage in a book. – TeXnician Feb 4 '18 at 18:33
• Use the \begin{titlepage} environment and create your own custom title page. – Dr. Manuel Kuehner Feb 4 '18 at 18:33
• @TeXnician Same idea within 6 sec :) – Dr. Manuel Kuehner Feb 4 '18 at 18:33
• I use \uppertitleback{} to design the back of the title page. Does this affect somehow the use of \begin{titlepage}? – Sr. Schneider Feb 4 '18 at 18:36
• \begin{titlepage} is "just" an empty page that you can design as you wish. – Dr. Manuel Kuehner Feb 4 '18 at 18:47

## 3 Answers

You could patch \maketitle:

\documentclass{scrbook}
\usepackage{xpatch}
\makeatletter
% remove author below the title
\xpatchcmd{\maketitle}
{%
{%
\usekomafont{author}{%
\lineskip 0.75em
\begin{tabular}[t]{c}
\@author
\end{tabular}\par
}%
}%
\vskip 1.5em
}
{}{}{\PatchFailed}
% insert author between subject and title
\xpatchcmd{\maketitle}
{%
\ifx\@subject\@empty \else
{\usekomafont{subject}{\@subject\par}}%
\vskip 3em
\fi
}
{%
\ifx\@subject\@empty \else
{\usekomafont{subject}{\@subject\par}}%
\vskip 3em
\fi
{%
\usekomafont{author}{%
\lineskip 0.75em
\begin{tabular}[t]{c}
\@author
\end{tabular}\par
}%
}%
\vskip 1em
}
{}{\PatchFailed}
\makeatother
\begin{document}

\title{My Title}
\subtitle{My Subtitle}
\author{John Doe}
\uppertitleback{Upper Text}
\lowertitleback{Lower Text}
%\date{}

\maketitle
\end{document}


Or you can use the titlepage environment. Note that it is also possible to insert content on the back of the title page.

\documentclass{scrbook}
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
\null\vfill
\begin{center}
{%
\usekomafont{author}{%
\lineskip 0.75em
\begin{tabular}[t]{c}
John Doe% <- author
\end{tabular}\par
}%
}%
\vskip 1em
{%
\usekomafont{title}{\huge
My title% <- title
\par}%
}%
\vskip 1em
{%
\usekomafont{subtitle}{%
My subtitle% <- subtitle
\par}%
}%
\vskip 1.5em
{\usekomafont{date}{\today \par}}%
\vskip 0pt plus 4fill
\end{center}
\clearpage
\thispagestyle{empty}
\noindent\begin{minipage}[t]{\textwidth}
Upper Text% <- upper text
\end{minipage}\par
\vfill
\noindent\begin{minipage}[b]{\textwidth}
Lower Text% <- lower text
\end{minipage}\par
\end{titlepage}
\end{document}


\documentclass{scrbook}

\begin{document}

\newcommand*{\myTitel}{Title of Document}
\newcommand*{\mySubtitle}{SubTitle of Document}
\newcommand*{\myAuthor}{FirstName Surname}
\newcommand*{\myDate}{\today}

\title{\myTitel}
\subtitle{\mySubtitle}
\author{\myAuthor}
\date{\myDate}

\maketitle

\begin{titlepage}
\centering
\myAuthor{}\\
% {} is important if you have a text right after the command.
% Otherwise the command will "eat" the blank space.
\myTitel\\
\mySubtitle\\
\myDate
\end{titlepage}

\end{document}


Based on an answer from the author of the KOMA classes, see here (in German).

• Shouldn't it be %\maketitle? – Sr. Schneider Feb 4 '18 at 19:12
• I just compare the different outputs and show that you still can use the standard command if needed. – Dr. Manuel Kuehner Feb 4 '18 at 20:20
• \date sets \@date which is used inside \maketitle to print the date. – esdd Feb 4 '18 at 20:57
• @esdd Thanks! Your comment made me realize that I confused \date with \today. Fixed it. – Dr. Manuel Kuehner Feb 4 '18 at 21:08

I just found a quick and dirty solution:

\documentclass{scrbook}

\begin{document}

\title{My Title}
\subtitle{My Subtitle\vspace{-8\baselineskip}}
\author{John Doe}
\date{}

\maketitle

\end{document}