Over the past couple of months, several potential writers have asked me some interesting questions. The questions include:
- How many pages is a book of fiction?
- How many pages is a book of poetry?
- What are the steps of writing a biography?
In this posting, I briefly answer these questions.
How many pages is a book of fiction?
Generally, a book of fiction is not measured by page quantity. It is usually measured by word quantity due to well-structured plots, sub plots, and character development. I’ve viewed different sources and most of them suggest your fiction contain at least 40,000 words. If you are an intermediate writer, I suggest purchasing “Writing (is an unnatural act)” by James C. Raymond. I found several copies on eBay. If you are a novice, Clayton State University, Emory University, and Kennesaw State University offer writing classes to the public.
How many pages is a book of poetry?
This is a tricky question because each poem length varies. If a poet normally writes short poems, a 5.5” x 8.5” book of 30 poems could consist of less than 30 pages. As a reader, I like to feel as if the product is worth the price. As owner of PBP, I want satisfied customers. PBP poetry books consist of at least 60 poems, which created books of 80 pages or more. An epic is one poem which could be a 300 page poetry book.
What are the steps of writing a biography?
As with any book, researching the subject of the biography is important. Using information which is public record, an author could write an unauthorized biography. I would strongly suggest seeking legal counsel before pursing the project. If an individual can contact the subject of the biography, it is still necessary to sign legal contracts protecting the author and publisher. Nonfiction books are a minimum of 20,000 words and require citations.
If the biography is published by a traditional publisher, the author could receive anywhere from six percent to 12 percent (6% to 12%) of the sale price from the paperback or hardcover copies of the book. The royalties may or may not decrease depending on other factors. It is important to review the contract carefully. Some very successful and well known authors receive a larger royalty percentage. E-book royalties are higher, sometimes 50% or more. If an author chooses to self-publish, the royalty percentages are based on the fee the company charges for printing the book. Setup fees are usually paid up-front. CreateSpace.com, Lulu.com, and Kindle Publish are a few companies that welcome self-publishers.
How or if the subject is compensated is between the subject and the author. The subject can receive a flat fee or the author can share the royalties with the author. The fee or the split is determined by the author and the subject.