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You don't have to create a strict outline. The kind of outline you need to create is one based on components.
Non-fiction is much easier to write than fiction because these books contain similar components.
Let's have a look at some of them:
* A foreword. This is similar to an introduction, but a foreword is usually written by someone other than author of book. It helps if you can get someone famous to contribute foreword. (They'll expect payment.)
* An introduction. This is optional. If you can't think of anything to put in an introduction, leave it out. Think of including an introduction if you want to tell your own story: how you came to get information you're about to share.
* A "How To Use This Ebook" chapter or page. This can be short, or quite long. For example, if you're writing a book on yoga, you could use this chapter to give four or five exercise routines, compiled from various poses that you discuss in rest of book.
* Chapters with problems and solutions. For example, if you were writing a book on dieting, you could write seven chapters all posing a typical problem, and then provide solutions for each problem.
* The last chapter is wrap-up. In this chapter you'll want to give readers instructions on where they go from here, and you'll also want to include an inspirational message.
* A glossary is useful if it will be necessary for readers new to subject area. For example, if your ebook contains a lot of industry jargon with which your reader is unfamiliar, give explanations of terminology here.
* An index. I'm always disappointed when an otherwise excellent book, that I'll be referring to again, omits an index. I know creating an index is a hassle, but if you think your readers will use it, then go extra mile and include it.
There you have it. The bones of your ebook. With skeleton in place, you'll find it easy to write.
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Australian author, journalist and copywriter Angela Booth has been writing professionally for over twenty years. She writes business books and copy for businesses.