How Long Should Your Nonfiction Book be?

So, how long should a nonfiction book be? The average nonfiction book in self-help, how-to, or travel runs from 40,000 to 50,000 words.

The memoir genre tends to be from 60,000 to 90,000 words

Historical texts or biographies range from 60,000 to 200,000 words#

As these vary widely – and writing long texts is a LOT of work – make sure you check with either your desired publisher or desired genre on Amazon to find out the appropriate length for your book.  According to Mark Coker of Smashwords, the top 100 bestselling ebooks at Smashwords (sales could be from other sites) averaged 115,000 words. Largely, this means fiction.


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Smashwords eBook Distribution Far and Wide

Smashwords is a free conversion and distribution service for eBooks. Using an aggregator is a time-saving necessity for self-published eBook authors, because who wants to spend all day uploading to ten websites?  Using Smashwords does take some technical know-how and a lot of patience. This post will help you understand the reasons people use Smashwords in the first place. But remember, you have choices: you don't have to use them!  (Draft2Digital is another option). Preformatting your eBook in Word While provided to help, the Smashwords Guide (120 pages) may have you in fits of frowning and moaning... particularly if your book in MS Word has many footnotes, a full Table of Contents, and images. This Guide is not up to date with my version of Word. I found out that it is a bit easier if you don't have Word on Mac, because in Word on PC, you can use the hyperlinking/bookmark tool I believe, while on Mac you have to individually make each chapter bookmark and hyperlink it to its Table of Contents heading. Groan.  I did find…

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Create an Author Website… without a Migraine

When you’ve already expended $2-4,000 to edit, produce and promote your book, the realisation that you need an author website to promote it online might bring up these two questions: 1.  Do I create a book website or an author website? 2.  How do I get a good result without busting my bank account? There are a few more things to consider as well, so let’s open this can of worms now.  You need to know how to upload new books, social share, and post articles and media mentions. Naturally the best option to do this is with WordPress, but there is another option below. You’ll need to realise that free isn’t without cost, and the choice of a supported pro theme is a good idea. (This is because a free theme could leave you with a non-working website down the track).   A Long Term Approach to Author Branding Another aspect is, rolling with the times. you brand will grow and change. If you set up a ‘book’ domain and website, unless you have…

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