Is cutting your book in two a good idea or not?
I’ve realised why I’ve been procrastinating on my book for this long and it’s because I haven’t been happy with the second half of it. The book basically covers two main methods of investing, each using their own different styles and strategies, however while a similar format works well in Shopping for Shares, it just isn’t working in this new book.
So I’ve decided to scrap the second half. Well that’s not entirely true – I think I’m going to write a second book after this one with the other investment method, but this first book will only cover the first investment strategy.
I think it’s a much smarter idea keeping the two distinct methods separate to avoid confusion to readers (and more importantly keep me from going insane trying to combine the two into something that makes sense).
And of course that means that I have two potential indie books in the works now that I’ve started. The more books that you have available, the more chances of people finding them and making some money. Well that’s the hope anyway.
Of course no money is going to get made if I don’t’ finish them – so hopefully I’ll be a little bit closer to doing that before I write another blog post here (probably next week if all goes well).
But by cutting my book in half, that of course means I’ve just also halved my word count.
Can a non-fiction book still sell well with a word count fewer than 25,000 words?
Obviously I’m going to try and beef that up a bit as there needs to be a lot more explanations and case studies to add into the book to make it better, but I still don’t think it’ll reach any more than 30,000 words – which is quite short for a non fiction book.
That won’t be as noticeable on the Kindle, especially since I have a lot of graphs, tables and images to add, but on a printed it book it may look kind of thin.
I’ve had a quick look on the best selling business titles on Amazon and most of them come in at around 200 pages (which is probably around 50,000 words if you take into account an average of 250 words per page).
That means I’m going to finish up at a lot less unless I can add quite a bit more content to the book. I’ll have to see when I’m working through it as to how it goes. Sometimes there is information that is important to the chapter and other times it’s just padding for padding’s sake. I don’t want the latter.
While a fiction book might be able to get away with a shorter story, can a non-fiction book? And if it can – should it be priced accordingly?