Chapterettes, Prologues, Introductions, and Other Spare Parts–What Purpose Can They Serve in a Book?
SOURCE: How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book
Bookstore browsers (online too) check out the worth of a book before buying by looking at these items in this order: front cover; back cover or inside flap (reviews, blurbs, and tag line or synopsis); any table of contents; and first few pages. Since prologues aren’t really the start of the story, they may get short shrift from browsers and the book gets set aside. Same with introductions or forewords–they clutter the pathway to that all-important opening chapter.”