Need guidance on nonfiction book mark...
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|Fri, 05-17-2002 - 5:03pm|
Need guidance on nonfiction book market and scope
I'm putting together a proposal for a nonfiction book and getting nervous about my numbers. I would love some help from those of you with experience.
I don't want to expose my concept publicly yet, so I'll have to use a fictitious example that's analogous to my situation. Let's say that I wanted to write a book about pregnancy and childbirth for mothers of twins and other multiples. Let's say that there are 20,000 of these births each year. (In reality, the number is over 100,000, but let's pretend it's lower for my purposes.)
The first question: Is 20,000 potential readers a year enough for an agent or publisher to care about? (What percentage of a target population would you expect to buy a book, anyway?)
The second question: Which type of book would be apt to be more successful, a practical guide containing tips and information, or more of a narrative in which mothers who have been through the experience share their stories? My first impulse is to say that a practical book would sell more, but I can also see how even mothers who have long since given birth might be interested in a collection of personal experiences, broadening the target audience in my fictitious scenario.
Thanks for any wisdom you can provide!