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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Book Proposals & Query Letters by Coleen O'Shea, Marilyn Allen

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Organizing the Book into Parts

If you’re writing nonfiction, you’ve probably organized your book into broad parts, and then grouped your chapters under each part. This organization helps the reader navigate through the book. Bear in mind that a book that’s easy to navigate is a book that’s more likely to be read (and bought). Your first task when creating the expanded outline is to define the parts, making each clearly distinct from the others while tying them together. Here’s a good example from a hypothetical biography of King Henry VIII:
Part I: Defender of the Faith Part II: Bewitched by Anne Part III: Good Queen Jane Part IV: Bereft of God and Man Part V: England after Henry
Now, create a sentence or two after each part title to clarify ...

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