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Writing an eBook -how many words and how many pages

Ok so I would love some guidance here.

As I have already mentioned here I am busy writing an eBook about my experiences in active addiction.

Please give me some feedback here. I am not writing a fluffy eBook that will have big writing and lots of spaces...

I have written 12 pages so far and a total of 7000 words.

This consists of 6 different chapters with each chapter being one incident. I have a good few more incidents that I need to write about.

I just want to know how long you think a quality eBook should be? How many pages and how many words. A full page is 500 - 600 words.

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idealmike
Hey don't even think about how many words it should be! Just put what it is you want to say in the way you want to say it. If that means some of the chapters are incredibly long so be it! Everything you say and write will be said and written for a reason. Look at the bible. It's incredibly long and is made up 66 different books and has over 1100+ chapters and it's been around for 2000+ years and is the biggest selling book of all time. Admittedly it's one of the most controversial books of all time as well seeing as it's about God and how we all got here and where we're all going. I'm not saying to write as many words as are in the bible, but each and every word that is in it, is there for a reason. Likewise, any of your chapters and incidents within your eBook that you're writing about should be as short or as long as they need to be. Don't get caught up on the numbers. Just be yourself and let the thoughts and feelings flow and show through in your writing. People will appreciate it I'm sure! Writing an eBook -how many words and how many pages



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Lynne
Thanks Mike. I feel the same way about writing. I have something I need to tell so I want to just tell it and not worry about anything else but considering this is the second eBook I am going to be writing I want to do it right and of course it is the first one I am going to sell!

I will just get on with it then, Thank you for your input!



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gelotologist
I agree that it doesn't really matter on what or how long you write as long as it has a great and strong quality that people would be looking for but if you want to write like 5-10 pages then also go for it because people would notice your hardwork and your efforts on it even if it's not that interesting.



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CryptoGuru
I think the Ebook length really depends on what your writing. In my personal opinion i would like to see it about 30 pages and maybe a 2 part book would be awesome. Really digging into these issues can touch people and make them relate and feel better by reading what your writing. Its important to get it all in and not water it down so much. If it was about something regular i don't think it would matter so much. This story is more than just a story its your life, your road to recovery . I am really happy that you are writing this book and i hope that it continues to be a breeze for you. Thanks for sharing and i hope my comment helped you.



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Lynne
Thank you! It will be more than 30 pages of content I am sure of it and it wont be like 5 words a page it is about 500 words a page so it will be meaty... not drafty LOL.



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hitmeasap
Let me share this with you.

Writing an eBook -how many words and how many pages
Image from: How Many Words Are There in the Harry Potter Book Series?

However, I do understand that you're not going to write a book like this, but I thought it could be a fun thing to compare to anyhow.

I think my last ebook was about 16,000 words in total. Including the copyright notice and everything. And yeah, you've read it Lynne, so you know how I presented everything. I honestly don't think that I could have done it in any other way than I did, as I wanted to include everything. That being said, I also had a forewords .pdf that was 2000 words. So all in all, about 18,000 words.

However, I could probably have decreased the amount of words and the number of pages if I didn't used all the images and so on, but I didn't thought about any of that during the time I wrote it. I wanted it to include everything so it came out the way it did.

I would say that I prefer ebooks to be about 15-20 pages long, but it totally depends on the topic and how many images that are used within the book. It also depends on the size of the font. Many authors seems to believe that they can fill an ebook with tons of information to make it 100+ pages long, and that people will buy it just because of that.. But they are wrong. 100+ pages doesn't mean it's a better guide or ebook than a book with 15 pages.

Go with your gut Lynne. That's the best advice I can give you.



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Lynne
Thanks Andre Writing an eBook -how many words and how many pages I have one more chapter to do and it is now 19 000 words and 33 pages. This is just the content.

I think this will do just fine Writing an eBook -how many words and how many pages Now I just have to finish the last chapter and put it all together and figure out my pricing!



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ermini2
Well I'm pretty sure the average novel is 80,000 words but ebooks tend to be in a shorter format, one site compared the length it to an extended essay. So maybe try like a third of what an average novel is in length? So anywhere from 20,000-30,000 words.

OH! what about having a few ebooks....like short ebooks but like 3 or 4...?



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Lynne
Thanks, I will be doing a few yes. The first one that I am busy with now will be stories from when I was using. The next one will be my journey to getting clean and all the hiccups along the way, rehab and all that. Then I want to do another one about life in recovery and relationships.

So yeah those 3 should cover everything I want to say.



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vinaya
The topic of the book determines the length of the book. For instance, you are writing a children book, how many pages do you need to write. My children book was 36 pages long and 2000 words.
I have also published a short story collection on Kindle. My story book was around 50 pages. I think the book should have been little longer, 100 pages would do justice for a book (when I say page, I am not referring to the pages you write for the pages on book.)



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overcast
I think for most of the fiction books you can go with the length of the 5000 words or more. And this way you can get the people attracted towards the content. As you can see be it fiction, drama and non fiction. it can be possible to have content on higher word counts. And that surely works out as well. I personally think that 10k is something we all need to be focusing on. And if that works out then surely it can be helpful to be focused on that part too.



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felabruno
Actually I was curious about that so I checked and an average book (in English) contains around 60k words. E-books don't have to be that long, I think they are usually shorter so I would say around third or half of that would make a good e-book. 20k to 30k words is ideal (but for sure they can be shorter or longer, it really depends on the book and also on how it is edited).



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augusta
Well, I assume this day's people hardly have this great attention span to write a book for so long, so I will say writing about 40 pages of a book with about 500-600 long a page should be okay for good readers.I have written a 25-page ebook so I believe to capture the interest of readers, the book shouldn't be too bogus.



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