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Eye Opening, But Title Can Mislead
on June 20, 2008
"The Making of a Bestseller" is like getting a front row seat in a panel interview with various bestselling writers, their editors and agents, and a few publishers. Newbies get great insight about how the publishing industry operates. The best parts of this book are, to me, the reflections shared by authors about their experience when they "made it big." In a lot of ways, "The Making of a Bestseller" responds to those who are curious about what it's like to be in the heart of the action.
Given the cover price of "The Making of A Bestseller," however, I was expecting more than just pearls of wisdom. The title gave me the impression that the book would reveal the process, the specific strategies used by publishers in the packaging and marketing of a particular bestselling book. Or, at least, practical knowledge one would need to navigate the industry. Yes, one would be able to spot a tip here and a gem of advice there, but it's not the true focus of the book.
So the three stars is really about the cover price vis-a-vis its contents. The information the book holds is top quality, but not enough to justify the expense.