- It will be extremely difficult to persuade people to buy a huge and expensive book written by someone they've never heard of.
- Almost any page can sacrifice a sentence or two without suffering.
- Most sentences can shed a word or two, and no reader will miss them.
Most printers can produce books with as many as 800 to 1,000 pages, but books with more than 500 pages are unusual. With nonfiction, you need to have enough pages to cover your topic adequately. Don’t skimp, or pad.
- The book should not be so big that it will be priced a lot higher than its competitors or seem like “too much to read.”
- It should not be so short that it seems incomplete, or doesn’t offer value for its cost.
The cost of each additional page printed is insignificant. The cost of each e-page is zero. There is a prejudice against very thin books, so try for a minimum of about 120 pages. Thin books just don’t seem like real books, and the printing on the book’s spine will be tiny.