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Reviewing Published Books

Book Reviewers

Books usually undergo a series of reviews, starting with a rigorous review process at the proposal stage. Editors working at publishing companies contact experts in the field and provide the written proposals and often a draft table of contents for feedback.

Once a book project passes the proposal phase, it enters the manuscript phase, where another round of reviews is often conducted by a new expert or experts in the field. Feedback at this stage is often collected by the in-house editor, who works with the individual book author or editors to adapt it and better shape the book project on the path to publication.

And finally, after publication, a book can be reviewed and a written "book review" can be published in a journal, publicity outlet or high-profile blog.

The materials in this section provide tips and advice for reviewers at each of these stages: