Review-Jessica & Danielle Dunn’s “A Teen’s Guide to Getting Published” (2e)

The Scale

This is an informational book, to the key points here are organization, enjoyability, helpfulness, and formatting.

Organization: This book is very organized, with a section for publishing tips for online, standard, and magazine publishing, as well as a publishers directory.  Everything is easy to find, which is helpful for writers not interested in every topic this book covers.  (It covers pretty much anything a young person could need if they’re interested in publishing!)

Enjoyability: Although an informational book, it has a definite enjoyability factor.  The voices of the authors are great, especially since they wrote the book as teenagers.  They present advice in a cool, active way.

Helpfulness: I can clearly see why Jessica and Danielle became such as success as teenagers with this book.  Everything they have to say is fantastic and use-able!  They provide step by step instructions on how to prepare a piece for submission, writing submission letters, and catering to the requirements of different publishers.  A directory of publishers to submit to and contests to enter is included near the index, which can prove to be an amazing resource once a reader knows what to do!  The way everything is presented, even though the publishing world can be a scary one, makes it sound manageable.

Formatting: The only issue I had with this book was its format.  Yes it was organized, but for some reason or another it annoyed me.  Step by step instructions were provided on how to do a lot of things, but where to use the processes the book teaches in one chapter were in some other part of the book.  I would’ve liked to see the directory of publishers split, maybe put in sections at the end of each chapter.  Teen writing sites at the end of the online publishing chapter, and so on.

Final Rating–> 3.5/4

Would I recommend this book?  I suppose, as long as he/she’s a teen!