Need your reactions and opinions. My WIP is a longish book, but I tend to write short chapters (1,700 words or so on average). I try to keep them internally unified as to subject, plot arc, character development, whatever. Which is to say I don't see combining them into larger units . . . at least, I can't see it right now. That's getting me into around 80 chapters. That's scarily formidable on a table of contents, right? So to make things more manageable, I've broken the book down into four parts, A through D, and the chapters go A.1, A.2, A.3 . . . B.1, B.2, B.3 . . . and so on. Each section focuses on a different aspect of the plot, is its own conceptual unit ending in particular crisis, and I've headed each of them with a quotation that gives a key to its theme. From where I sit this looks like a good way to handle it. But one of my beta readers has wondered why I've done it that way, especially as the first two sections take place in one time line and general setting. Another one asked why I didn't start section B with "Chapter 13." I need gut reactions. Which would look better to you on a TOC: Chapters organized into sections with the numbers starting over at the beginning of each one (even if you might question the division at one point)? Chapters in Sections with continuous numbering? Or no sections, and a continuous list Chapter 1 through Chapter 80? And to refer to a previous thread I started, would having chapter titles help if I did the 1 through 80 bit? (But crap, I really want to keep those quotations . . . and no, I don't think they're "darlings"!) EDIT: I hit upon the A.1 . . . B.1 . . . etc. format because my book is about a couple of architects, and I thought that would evoke (to any design professionals who might happen to read it) the feeling of a set of architectural drawings. But in reality, a drawing set would be labeled A.1, A.2 . . . (Architectural), S.1, S.2 . . . (Structural), ME.1, ME.2 . . . (Mechanical/Electrical), and so on. Which works great for construction documents, but not so much for a novel. Oh, self-doubt is so wonderful!