4 Reasons Your Book Needs An Introduction

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Introductions are important when you are first meeting a person, for if he/she didn’t tell you who he/she was, how could you go about continuing your conversation? The same applies to introductions in books; if a reader isn’t properly “acquainted” with a book from the start, the rest of the “conversation” (or reading of the book) will be very awkward.

Need more reasons for having an introduction in your manuscript? Here are four reasons for why your book needs an introduction section/chapter/paragraph in your book to start your book off on the right page. (Sorry: silly book pun!)


  • To tell readers what they are going to be reading.

This is probably the biggest reason to have an introduction in your manuscript. Readers aren’t mind-readers (and neither are some editors), so if they can’t figure out from Chapter 1 what the book is about, they will probably be confused and won’t continue reading. Use your introduction to give readers the basics on what your book is about and the lessons readers will gain in their time reading the book.


  • Opportunity to share background of book and author’s expertise in subject matter.

If your manuscript’s topic is in a scholastic field, or special interest field, an introduction gives the author a chance to detail his/her expertise in the manuscript’s topic and even discuss how the book’s idea originated. Demonstrating your expertise early on for the subject matter will legitimize the content for readers.


  • Prepare readers for sudden changes in manuscript, such as flashback moments, narration changes or if another storyline is brought in midway.

Nothing is more of a head-scratcher than when a flashback happens and the reader wasn’t properly prepared for it. You could use the introduction as a form of literary warning to readers that flashbacks could occur or that the narration could switch from one person to the next. Readers will thank you immensely for it!


  • Like the first bite of cake, it makes the start of the book that much sweeter and easier to digest.

Think of your introduction as a piece of cake. When you take your first bite of a piece of cake, you begin to form ideas in your mind on what the rest of the cake will taste like, based on that first taste. Treat your introduction in the same way, as you want readers to enjoy that first glimpse about your book in the introduction section and be motivated to move forward in reading.

See your manuscript’s introduction as a great way to establish a bond with your readers and inform them of the exciting time they will have reading your book.


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Blair Townley joined the Xulon Press family as a Staff Editor in May 2013, helping first-time authors prepare their treasured manuscripts for publication. Prior to Xulon Press, she previously worked as a staff writer/editor for several Central Florida-based magazines over the past decade. What Blair enjoys most about writing and editing is getting to help others share their stories, helping others see themselves as the unique individuals God created them to be.

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