I see it all the time – and author comes to me with a book ready to be published. The book is done, finally!
Except that it’s missing critical pieces that we’ll need to complete the final publishing layout! While I can (and do) get started with editing, the book still needs some or all of these pieces!
Here’s a breakdown of what’s included in a book (and if they’re “required” or not!)
This is usually a simple sentence where you’re dedicating the book to a person. It’s not a thank you page where you list the people who’ve helped you!
This is where a third party expert will write a few pages introducing you and your book. This isn’t an introduction, exactly, but it serves to bolster your credibility as an author and an expert and can help the book’s credibility by attaching a well-known name to the project. If you don’t have access to a well-known person in the field, an expert with more credentials than you have will work as well.
This is where you introduce the book. It’s NOT a story of why you wrote it or how hard it was to write. NOBODY wants to hear about the struggle of writing! A book’s introduction is to introduce the subject matter, explain to the readers what they’ll get out of it, acknowledge how (and if) they can get more information, briefly introduce you and your expertise, and give them any information or knowledge they must have NOW before they read the book.