By William Cane
Your Book's "Table of Contents" One of the most misunderstood things about a book proposal is the fact that it needs two tables of contents. Why two? Because the book proposal needs a table of contents, and so does your book. Supplying a table of contents for your book proposal shows you're organized, and it helps literary agents, editors, and other in-house publishing professionals find the sections they want to read. Your book proposal's table of contents should contain the following sections:
The key point about writing the table of contents for your book, which will be included in your book proposal, is to show that you're organized and that you'll cover all the essential aspects of your topic. If you structure this table of contents appropriately at the outset, you'll also find that when you do get that book contract, writing the book is relatively easy -- sometimes even easier than putting together the book proposal.
Final bit of advice: look at the tables of contents of some of your favorite books for ideas on how to structure yours. You might be surprised at how simple some authors keep their tables of contents.