Book Reviews

Announcement: Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015 from Authors & Readers Book Corner

Authors & Readers Book Corner goal for this new year is change. We wanted to update our authors and readers on the upcoming changes on our site for the new year. We are added the following new features to our site:

Book Tours: We will be officially launching our A&RBC Tours. Visit for more information. We will continue to be a host for other tour companies.

Video Reviews– 5 star reviews will be recorded and uploading on our site and our YouTube channel.

The Reviewer Chronicles– a twice a month article that discusses the life of a book reviewer.

Talk About It Thursday-a weekly article that will focus on different genres each month. We will also be launching the “Talk About It Thursday” web series with ten episodes in July 2015. Official launch date TBA.

Saturday Suggestions-a weekly suggestion on reference books and resources for the literary industry.

We will no longer review, host or represent Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Erotica. Any requests regarding these genres will be discarded.

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Teresa Beasley


Book Reviews

Saturday Suggestions: Event Management by Laura Capell


(As seen on the back cover)

Learn to:

  • Plan and run a successful event – from conferences and exhibitions to festivals
  • Tackle everything from the creative brief to health and safety
  • Get through ‘show’ day with your sanity intact
  • Measure and build upon the success of your event

Your A-to-Z guide from a top industry professional

Whether you’d like to break into the booming event industry, or you’ve been tasked with organising an event for work or socially and don’t have a clue where to start, this book has you covered. Written by the Managing Director of one of London’s top event companies, it’s packed with expert tips, hints and checklists, and covers all aspects of planning and running an event – from budgeting, scheduling and promotion, to finding a location, sorting security, health and safety and much more.

  • Take your first steps – start out by deciding what kind of event you want to put on, researching your audience and putting together a realistic budget
  • Design an experience – discover how to craft an event’s ‘message’ and create a truly memorable occasion – with tips on selecting the right creative content and entertainment
  • Manage the nitty-gritty – from location to deliveries, health and safety to paperwork, learn how to successfully handle the million-and-one details involved in an event
  • Plan for the worst – get the lowdown on potential problems and how to avoid them, and what to do to stop them from ruining an event, should they occur
  • Tackle event day and beyond – keep everything running smoothly on the day, learn to measure the success of your event and build on that success with post-event marketing

Open the book and find:

  • Priceless tips, hints and checklists
  • How to tailor the event to your audience
  • Guidance on budgeting, scheduling, promotion and location
  • Advice on technical production, catering and entertainment
  • Important health, safety and security information
  • The types of suppliers you need in your address book – and must-have items to keep in your ‘event kit’
  • Insider information on building a career in event management
 About the Author

Laura Capell is Managing Director of Sledge Ltd, one of the most successful events companies in London. Her unique ability to understand brands and how people want to interact with them has seen Laura work with some of the biggest brands around, delivering award-winning service. Laura was voted one of the top young industry professionals by Conference & Incentive Travel magazine.

Why We Suggest: This book provides exactly what it says. The tips and checklist are very helpful in getting you organized as well as helping you with budgeting and promotions. It is worth having on your reference shelf.

Book Reviews

Saturday Suggestion: How to Write A Book Proposal by Michael Larsen

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The Source for Book Proposals Success!

How to Write a Book Proposal is THE resource for getting your work published. This newly revised edition of the Writer’s Digest Books classic outlines how to create an effective, nonfiction book proposal in a clear, step-by-step manner. You’ll learn the keys to a successful book proposal and how to:

  • Test-market the potential of a book idea and effectively communicate that potential in a proposal
  • Choose the best agents and editors for a particular proposal
  • Create a professional-looking proposal package
  • Predispose publishers to make their best offer

Notes agent and author Michael Larsen also provides insider insights into the publishing industry as well as a plethora of newly updated information including:

  • Recent changes in the publishing industry
  • Updated trend information
  • New sample proposals
  • Expanded instructions for creating outlines

You’ll also find complete guidelines to becoming an effective self-promoter. How to Write a Book Proposal is a must-have for every writer!

Why We Suggest: This book is a guide to helping writers pitch themselves to the best agents and editors. It also informs them on the publishing industry to help understand what to expect.

Book Reviews

Saturday Suggestion: The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus

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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is a concise, entertaining workbook and guide to English grammar, punctuation, and usage. This user-friendly resource includes simple explanations of grammar, punctuation, and usage; scores of helpful examples; dozens of reproducible worksheets; and pre- and post-tests to help teach grammar to students of all ages. Appropriate for virtually any age range, this authoritative guide makes learning English grammar and usage simple and fun. This updated Eleventh Edition reflects the latest updates to English usage and grammar and features a fully revised two-color design and lay-flat binding for easy photocopying.

  • Clear and concise, easy-to-follow, offering “just the facts”
  • Fully updated to reflect the latest rules in grammar and usage along with new quizzes
  • Ideal for students from seventh grade through adulthood in the US and abroad

For anyone who wants to understand the major rules and subtle guidelines of English grammar and usage, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation offers comprehensive, straightforward instruction.

Why We Suggest: The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is a workbook that can help writers learn simple grammar and punctuation errors and how to correct them. This book is a great tool for writers just starting to work on their craft. It is also good to use before submitting your rough draft to a professional editor. A&RBC is happy to have it on our shelf. To purchase click on the book cover.