This is a question I tried to ask in Novelizing non-fiction, is it worth it? But was un-clear and maybe too generic.
Let’s say I am a scuba diving expert and I could write a non-fiction book about advanced diving techniques, some of them are unique and stem from my personal experience.
Is it better to write that as a non-fiction book or develop a novel on the subject?
A non-fiction book on the subject may not interest many readers. However, If it is a novel, i am afraid that the tech info which is shown rather than told would be lost on the reader. It would seem just like the writer did some basic research on the subject, and my own personal contributions to the field would be lost in a general novel rather than a specialized book.
Here are some thoughts:
- Smaller but dedicated audience
- Most bought manuals are 101 introductory types
- Even an advanced book would usually need to include 101 background
- Theorethical dry explanatory text
- Potential broad audience, but low interest in the subject
- Technical secondary to the story needs
- Advanced notions may be lost in the background
- Empirical rather than theoretical
Please don’t comment on successful diving books/movies like The Big Blue. Although I do hold proffessional diver qualifications, I mean this question to be broad and applicable to various lifestyle non-fiction subjects
Any opinion or fact showing the way to go?