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Author’s Guide

Part 2. The Review Process

Reviewers can become an author’s greatest ally. Their constructive criticism, feedback, and insight into how they select textbooks can make a significant difference in an author’s ability to prepare a marketable and competitive book.

What should an author do when reviews come in? Here are some basic suggestions:

  1. Read all the reviews at least twice to become familiar with the contents and basic tone of the reviews.
  2. Ask yourself questions as you read the reviews.
  3. Prioritize the reviews, perhaps with help from your Acquisitions Editor (AE), from most to least helpful.
  4. Separate the reviewers’ comments into subcategories.
  5. Create a table or spreadsheet to help compare the reviewer comments.
  6. If you receive a set of annotated pages from the reviewers, study these carefully! 
  7. Rate the comments by category and degree of urgency.
  8. Compare your notes to the review synopsis and/or analysis.

Click here to download a PDF for more details on the review process.

 
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