Why Your Table of Contents Matters.
This blog is a result of a video on YouTube I watched by Julie Broad of Book Launchers. It was about how the table of contents in your book is as important as your cover and your back cover blurb.
The first thing that will draw your audience to your book is an eye catching or interesting cover art. When I come up with a design idea for my book, I try to think up one that will make someone pick it up over any other book next to it.
There is no exact science to figuring out which art will attract which reader but I know I didn't want my covers to look like everyone else's. I think people would get brain fatigue.
Take the cover to the left. You have a massive guy and a pretty young woman. The title is formidable but it doesn't really give you an idea of what the book might be about. There is no blood and guts. There are no guns blazing, and no woman in the arms of a handsome man with her body parts suggestively exposed. I hope this will spark their curiosity and they will turn to read the back cover.
Now, what I didn't know, and thanks to Julie Broad's video, is how important the TOC was. I thought readers only looked at the title, cover, and back cover. It never dawned on me that the table of contents needed to draw their interest. After taking pause, I found it did make sense. I went back and looked at some of my previous publications and I noticed that I was instinctively doing it, but I saw on some of the 26 chapters in "Frankenstina" there was room for improvement.
Now going forward, I will apply more attention to the chapter titles that I come up with. Here is the TOC for the above upcoming book. What do you think.? Does it make you want to read more?
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