Okay, so I’m pounding away on this book. It’s my usual genre–non-fiction, ecclesiology within a particular cultural context. You know, church stuff–written with the hope that I’m chronicling a particular, exciting moment in religious history when things are evolving radically….
It’ll be about two hundred manuscript pages. At this point my chapters are getting a bit out of hand. They’re way too long, but I’m not willing to take it to the chopping block just yet. So my question for you: considering the type of book, how long should the chapters be? When you’re reading this type of book, what do you like reading? Three-page chapters? Ten-page chapters? Thirty-page chapters? Or, do you not care about the format, just the content?
Sometimes with professional books, I read the bullet points. If they’re interesting, I’ll read more (don’t tell anyone I just said that). But the irony is that I hate writing a book with bullet points. Maybe it’s because I don’t want my readers to be cheaters like me.
I’ve noticed some recent, really popular books are thin and double-spaced, with two-inch margins on the side. But I’m always disappointed when I get them in the mail, because I thought I was buying more book than that.
What do you think? What was the most interesting church book you’ve read? What was the format?