This book is proving to be a good -- though not excellent -- resource, but it's not something to just sit down and read beginning to end.
And it remains uneven. I feel as if the editors just kind of sent out requests for submissions with no real guidelines or follow-up, and then published everything with no real editing. Even making allowances for the writers' different styles, it's very hit and miss.
Liza Cody's essay "A Heroine for Me" is an excellent analysis of the active nature of reading.
And I liked Elizabeth George's admission that she expected her WIP to come in at about 850 pages, or somewhere between 175,00 and 220,000 words.