Write shorter nonfiction. Please.

By far, the most common complaint about work related or self help books is some version of “it should have been shorter.” Look at reviews and you’ll see stuff like:

  • “Too much fluff.”
  • “Could have been a blog post.”
  • “It repeated itself endlessly.”
  • “The meat is in the first two chapters.”

Nonfiction authors seem to believe that their books have to be at least 250 pages, or else. Is this a thing that publishing companies force? Do readers not spend money on books with less than 250 pages? The heck is going on here?

I’d buy the heck out of some 50-150 page fluff-free nonfiction. Why doesn’t it seem to exist?

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