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One Big Book, or Several Small Books?

Updated on June 24, 2011

My First Book

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My Book

As I work on my book, I can't help but think it should become several smaller books. I have been seriously contemplating breaking it up into smaller books which will be available in print and digital formats.

My reasoning for the change is relatively simple, I think. Due to the array of topics covered in my book, I feel having a combination of several different sections may not be quite as feasible as first thought. I may have a reader who is into crafts, but not into home maintenance or animals. Or perhaps someone is interested in the gardening portion of my book, but sees it is filled with crafts and doesn't feel the need to buy due to this factor. In addition, I can be earning revenue from the first in the set while I write the next one.

I would appreciate opinions; should I break it up into smaller books, or wait to publish until all sections are complete?

Self-publishing

I enjoyed self-publishing my first book, and am most likely going to self-publish this next one as well. I have done plenty of research and am very pleased with the format. My first book is published on Lulu.com and is available in both print and digital format. I am very adamant spelling, punctuation and grammar is correct so self-publishing works well for me.

I do however, have to stress this fact: if your spelling is not quite as good as it could be, have someone proofread your book before self-publishing. It is of vital importance! I will not buy a book with spelling errors in the introductory pages, nor will I buy one if grammar is atrocious. I have been alerted to books written in all capital letters; another no-no. I will not spend money on inferior literature, and neither will most people. If you want your book to be purchased, make it perfect.

Writing Goals

As many of you may or may not know, I am also the new owner of an alpaca herd. I am delegating any proceeds from my writing to the purchase of an acreage or farm. I wish to earn enough through the few sites I submit articles to so I can buy a nicer place for us than the one we now live in. I do have one in mind, and it is perfect for us. It is closer to work for my boyfriend, and it has enough room for our herd and extra animals; plus will have some room to spare. It is a 10 acre parcel complete with a three bedroom home, corrals, a very nice barn, and several water hydrants so I will not have to drag a hose from point A to point B and back again.

I thank you all for your support, as the writing path I have chosen has been a lonely one at times. Not only that, it has been one that does not pay very well at times. I am determined to earn enough revenue within the next few weeks to put a down payment on the property in question.

(June 24) As I read over this article this morning, I realized I made a typo and had to fix it. I will be concentrating on finishing book one of the series (it has been decided I will break it up into individual books); the title of it came to me while I was drifting off to sleep last night. I reached for my cell phone and entered it into my memo pad feature; I know I would have forgotten it by this morning if I hadn't written it anywhere. (That is a little piece of advice I read in another article awhile back, and I cannot stress enough to follow it. I have thought of ideas and not written them down, by morning they were gone.)

I will be letting everyone know when my first book in the series is finished and available for sale. It will be available in both print and ebook.

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