Here's what I'm trying to write:
The single thing I would say would make the book better, would to make it a lot shorter. Shorten all the sentences, and eliminate the cruft. I think the book could about 50-75% of it's current length.
I suspect that there's a bit of [politics] here. The publishers and advisers perhaps feel that a shorter book wouldn't be taken so seriously, and efforts are made to make it a full length novel.
But it being about publishing a book - politics doesn't really seem to fit, where it would in other contexts, for example:
The reason the Labour Party doesn't add cannabis law reform as a policy platform is politics, they don't want to antagonise their more conservative older voter base.
Is there an alternative word I can use, to convey a kind of jaded (or pragmatic, depending on your point of view) making compromises for the greater good?