Lucid Dreaming Book

I’m revamping all my sleep and dream books to tie them together as a series.

Which do you think, left or right?

Let me know if you’d like to read a PDF of this book to offer me feedback. It’s about Lucid Dreaming.

This is NOT about Astral Projection. It is about the well-studied phenomenon of becoming ‘aware’ in a dream, so you can control what happens in it.

Font Size, Line Spacing and Book Length

Generally I always advise authors to write what they want to write in the length they want to write it. If you want to write an epic-long science fiction adventure? Go for it. Want to write a sci-fi short story? That’s fine.

It used to be that there were hard-set length parameters for each genre that publishers forced you to stay within. In modern times readers have opened their minds. They’re fine with a super-long children’s fantasy story (a la Harry Potter). They’re fine with a super-long historical romance! (a la Outlander). They also love short stories they can read on their phone while waiting in line. So whatever length you want to write, write that length. Don’t artificially pad something out just to reach a target length.

Here’s the exception.

As you guys know, I’ve been working on a series of projects to get done before Halloween season. With a lot of hard work, I was able to finish them all off. They included a children’s ghost picture book, a compilation of horror short stories, and a middle-grade chapter book. That chapter book came in at 90 pages. I was fine with that.

BUT.

It turns out that 90 pages is just a TINY BIT shy of being thick enough to have words on the book spine. The book spine would have been completely blank. And I’m sure you know how annoying it is when looking for something on a shelf, if a spine has no words at all on it. You have no idea what that book is. The book is suddenly far less useful.

In the case of a thin children’s picture book, I wouldn’t worry about that. It’s just the way most children’s books are.

But for a longer book, it’s something to consider. It turns out the required thickness for words on a spine is now 100 pages. If my book had been 50 pages I wouldn’t have invented another 50 pages just to reach 100 pages. But as it turns out, my book was at 90 pages. That is really close to 100 pages.

First, I added a tiny bit of space to the line spacing – that is, the amount of white space between each line of text.

Note I didn’t make the letters themselves bigger. If you go over 12 point it becomes really hard for most reading people to “flow” their eyes down the sentence. A larger point makes seeing entire words at a time more of a chore of the eyes. So unless you are deliberately making a “large print” version for those with eyesight issues, you should always avoid going over 12 point.

Having a bit extra space in between lines is not only fine but it’s expected for younger readers. It helps them see each line more easily.

The second thing I did was slightly increase the indent at the beginning of each paragraph. It wasn’t a big difference – just a tiny smidge – but that was enough. Just making those two changes increased my overall page count from 90 pages to 100 pages. I now had a thick enough book for a spine. It also increased the book price a tiny bit, but not enough to matter. It was still within the $3.99 price I’d set.

I want to note that normally you do NOT want to artificially inflate the font size, the line spacing, or the indent size. The bigger your book gets in pages, the higher the cost goes, and the larger the hurdle becomes for buyers to buy your book. Especially when you are a new author, you need that purchase price to be as small as humanly possible. You need the sales and reviews to come rolling in, so you can convince more people to buy your book. So when you’re starting out your aim is to have a smaller font, a closer-packed line spacing, and as few pages as possible. That makes sure you get as many readers as possible.

But if your book is just shy of the 100-page mark to be able to have text on the spine, that’s the one situation where a bit of “padding” in the book is quite useful.

Ask with any questions!