Writing a book? Here is how you write an Introduction
5 questions your Introduction/Chapter 1 must answer:
1. What is the problem?
Specify a problem the reader can feel.
They may not even realize this is a problem they experience until you point it out. You cannot generalize here. You must present the problem as both obvious and urgent.
2. What is the premise?
A useful, big idea that is going to solve the reader’s problem.
Don’t say, “We’re going to talk about how to address this problem.” Instead, reveal your solution up front. It should be a solution that is so dynamic in nature that it requires unpacking throughout the course of the book.
3. What are you promising?
This is a preview of what the reader will experience or how they will change by the end of the book.
It’s OK to sound a little salesy here. It’s best if the benefits are inner-connected (start small and then build off one another). Be sure to think through residual benefits that are less obvious — include surprising results that the reader hasn’t yet thought of or thought possible.
4. What is your personal angle?
Why are you the unique authority to speak on this topic? Why should we trust you? What have you experienced or accomplished that makes your perspective different from anyone else’s on this subject?
If your story is born out of failure, say that here. It’s important to begin building rapport with your reader now so you can cash in on relational equity later by asking readers to follow your advice or wisdom.
5. What is the plan?
Explain how the book is set up.
What will readers experience or encounter throughout the following pages? What can they expect? If there are questions at the end of each chapter, explain those here. If there are expert interviews in each chapter, point those out.
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