- It will be extremely difficult to persuade people to buy a huge and expensive book written by someone they've never heard of.
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.
The cost for printing books generally depends on the number of pages—but not the size of those pages. A bigger page (with a bigger front cover, of course) can make a dramatic statement. It probably will cost less to produce than a book with a larger number of smaller pages. If you are paying someone to format book pages, you probably will not pay more if the pages are big.
My latest book, What's Wrong With Trump?, has 316 jumbo 7x10-inch pages instead of my usual 6x9-inch size. The book contains nearly 100,000 words, and if I did not use large pages, the book would've required more paper, raising the manufacturing cost and retail price.
|My first 7-by-10-inch book has nearly 100,000 words.|