One of the questions that new writers always ask is “How long must my non-fiction book be?” In this article I’m going to undertake to answer that question.
However, percentage of the reason that new writers find it difficult to pin down an answer is because the answer is so difficult. It isn’t as straight forward as it seems.
First off, you need to make two decisions. Specifically, you need to determine what type of book you will be writing and how you will be publishing that book. For example, are you going to write an eBook and give it away as a bonus? Or are you going to trade it on Amazon? Are you going to write a popular how-to and use a conventional publisher? Or are you going to write a textbook and trade it through university bookstores?
The form of the book often dictates the size of the book. While the topic will have a great deal of influence, there are a good deal of other parts you need to take into account. Many of these are syndication related.
First off, you need to establish a ordinary length of a page. Some writers will assert there is only one usual length of a page. Unfortunately, they never agree on what the frequent is! Typically, fiction uses 250 words per page, altho 300 is also a mutual value. Non-fiction specifically has longer sentences and less white space because it doesn’t have dialogue. 300 to 500 words are on occasion applied as the yardstick, even though 250 is also used. Personally, I, more or less arbitrarily, use 250. But like all the numbers when talking about book length, you ought to consider them as yardsticks rather than firm numbers.
Now that we have the length of a page — even an arbitrary one — we may go on to estimate the size of books and articles.
Take a look in your business library. You will find that closely all your books are more than 100 pages long (about 25,000 – 50,000 words depending on your style). By fiction standards that is considered very short – novella size in fact. In fiction, a short book is among 50,000 to 80,000 words (roughly 200 – 300 pages in paperback). Although Science Fiction and galore other genres have been creeping up and may now exceed 400 pages (200,000 words). A typical “popular” business book runs 25,000 to 75,000 words. Over that size is the territory of the academic or technical business book.
Typically you will find that books groups naturally after when it comes to 100 pages. The reason for this is related to the pricing of a print run. The cost to formulate each book is affiliated to the format size (e.g. trade paperback, paperback, letter etc.), the binding, and the number of pages. This latter have a tendancy to be priced at the 100 page mark so preferent lengths tend to come in multiples of 100. For example most short fiction runs at 200 pages (about 50,000 words (romance, westerns etc.). The next step is long fiction at 300 pages (about 75,000 words). Extra long is ordinarily around 400 pages (100,000 words) even though it may go beyond.
Ultimately, you need to check the local bookstore to determine the suitable size. You’ll find that sure markets have a preferent size (or sizes). Some publishers will likewise list their predilections in directories like Writers’ Market, even though most now prefer to make the writer guess.
Of course, what you wish the length to be, and what the actual length will be may be rather different.
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