how to write a killer book introduction

how to write a killer book introduction

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  1. thanks kelly for deconstructing the “killer book introduction”.

    while i’m always sceptical about any formulaic approach to writing, i think using this (and other similar formulae that copyblogger teaches) helps one overcome the fear of the blank page and get started.

    after all, as stephen king says:
    “the scariest moment is always just before you start. after that, things can only get better”

  2. hey kelly!

    you are right with what you’ve mentioned, the introduction is the sales letter for your book!

    i’ve heard this advice before. and i’m not trying to apply it to my blog posts, so i think we can say that this little tip can work for writing in general.

    the introduction is definitely the best part to get your reader hooked and wanting to keep reading and get super interested in what you got to say. implementing these little techniques can really make a big difference.

    thank you for sharing this! it’s super helpful!

    best regards! 😀

  3. hi kelly,

    though i am not out to write a book introduction in the near future, it is interesting to learn the tips you have given here. having a structure to work is so helpful. since it is a simple 3 step structure, it can be easily committed to memory.

    you have given great examples here that clarify the point very effectively. not only does the article give great tips it made a very interesting read.

    thanks for sharing these great tips with us. have a great day!

    -naveen

  4. this is a good tutorial on writing introductions. my question is that all of this also applies equally to the concept of writing a good first chapter. is there anything that you would do differently in an introduction as opposed to a first chapter?

    • some books eschew an introduction and kick straight into chapter 1 – in which case the structure above would need to be executed in chapter 1.

      for a book that already has an introduction – the introduction would have indicated ‘how we’re going to deliver on this promise we’ve made to you’. chapter 1 wouldn’t replicate the structure of the intro, it would kick off the process of delivering on that promise 🙂

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