February 5, 2012

Review of “Get Between the Covers”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:27 pm by Christine Rice

Get Between the Covers: Leave a Legacy by Writing a Book (2nd ed. 2008) is made for all those who are contemplating writing and publishing a book and those who are certain they want to write a book, or have already started, and want to learn about the ins and outs of book publishing. This book motivates writers who want to be authors and it encourages writers to follow their dreams of publishing a book. The main viewpoint of the authors is that there are millions of people who feel they “have a book in them,” but only thousands of books are published each year; so the book’s purpose is to get more people to write that book that they have in them.

The book’s content is not focused on one means of publishing, but rather, it reviews them all. It is very educational about different aspects of the writing and publishing industry, and is an overview of the entire book writing process; but at 356 pages, it explains a lot, and also refers the reader to additional research materials.

It has a preface, introduction, five parts, and appendices. The preface introduces the book and explains how it is different from the first edition. The introduction was written during the first edition and provides research and statistics that support why the book is important and needed by society, explains what types of readers the book is geared towards, describes how the chapters are set up, and provides a brief biography of the authors.

Part 1 is about the book writing process. It is motivational and informative and includes chapters on time management, writer’s block, and editing, as well as several others. Part 2 is an overview of the publishing industry; it includes information on traditional publishers, literary agents, and booksellers. Part 3 goes over the “paths to print.” It explains the different types of book publishing, allowing the reader to decide which method is best for them. Part 4 educates the reader about editors, marketing, and rights and contracts. Part 5 wraps it up with suggestions on rejection and acceptance. Lastly, the appendices cover how to navigate Writer’s Market, and they provide resource links and suggested reading material.

Do I recommend this book? Definitely. It is very helpful and informative for authors, and those who want to write a book, which is where I’m at right now. If you are interested, Get Between the Covers is available in paperback on Amazon for only $6.91! Click here for the link.

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