Before you begin writing, create an outline that details the topics to be covered in your textbook and how they will be organized in a table of contents. Taking time to consider the audience and space will direct the tone and complexity of your writing. As such, it should be scheduled in your project timeline. This vital step will save time and money, reduce mistakes, and hopefully result in a more useful, engaging text.
Generally, texts are separated into three main types of content: front matter, body content, and back matter. Be sure to consider both the front and back matter as you develop your texts outline as these sections may impact how you write the body content. For example, if you plan to include appendices and/or additional resources in your book’s back matter, you may limit how much you explain certain topics in the main text and instead direct readers to the appropriate back matter section.
- Book cover for “Inorganic Chemistry for Chemical Engineers.” © Vishakha Monga is licensed under a CC BY-SA (Attribution ShareAlike) license