I've rated this book based on it's
value overall, not just it's value for
me. In other words, I'm trying to be
This book would be a valuable resource
for me if I were a non-fiction writer.
The sections on non-fiction book and
article proposals took up most of the
book, with the section on the novel
proposals, query letters and synopses
taking up about a quarter of the book.
On a positive note, the book does
include good examples of things writers
shouldn't do when writing and submitting
these documents. Many books on the
subject describe your formats, but don't
show you an example of a well-written
One thing I noticed immediately upon
opening the book, was the large typeface.
I liked this, as it made the book easier
to look at. I've read entirely too many
books with miniscule typefaces, only to
come away with a headache from squinting
at it once I'm done reading. I liked
this, but then, the large typeface also
made the book longer and made it look as
though it contained more material than it
I couldn't give it 5 stars for reasons
mentioned by other reviewers, but if you
are a non-fiction writer or a fiction
writer in need of additional references,
this is a good book.