Tips On How To Write Book Coverage Effectively And Efficiently

Tips On How To Write Book Coverage Effectively And Efficiently

If you’ve ever interned or worked as an executive assistant in development, you know how tedious and stressful writing script coverage can be… especially if you’re a slow reader like me. To make things even more daunting, executives want a fast turnaround on top of all the other tasks you have to do for them. Despite how much I loathed doing coverage, I started to get relatively good at it mainly due to all the practice I had been getting, and my strong desire to get it off my do-to pile as quick as possible. Everyone has their own method of doing coverage depending on their ability to read fast and retain information. Here are a few techniques that worked for me:


Assuming the book you’re reading exists in PDF format, get yourself an iPad and download either iAnnotate for $10. The features of this software are incredible and will save you lots of time and heartache when you write your coverage. If you’re not able to get the book in PDF format, then you’ll have to read the old fashioned way.


Using iAnnotate, use your highlight tool to highlight character names, lines that pertain to important plot points, quotes that convey key information, and details like names of places, dates and character’s ages. This is so that if you need to look back at your novel, you can hit the annotations tabs and have a list of all the important information listed based on your highlights.


Some people like to write coverage as they read. I don’t recommend this because while you’re reading, you have no idea if a certain plot point is significant enough to go in the coverage. The art of coverage is knowing what details to include and what not to include. You won’t know this until you are finished the book. To help with this process, I recommend that you sit in front of a computer when you read, and after ever chapter (or after every 20 pages if the chapters are long) type out the chapter number and underneath write in bullet points everything that happened in that chapter. If it’s something you think will be important to look back on, type the page number down. Don’t waste time typing out the details. So long as you know where to find it in the book later on, that’s all that matters. When you are finished reading the book, print out the pages you’ve typed out. Now you have a log of everything that happened in the story categorized by chapters. If you’re like me and don’t retain information that easily, this is an effective way to look back at your story and get a full picture of your story. From here, you can look back at all the plot points in your book and decide which are important to include in the coverage and which to leave out. Depending on how well you document your pages, you may not need to look back and the book again while you write coverage.