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The Accidental Bestseller | [Wendy Wax]

The Accidental Bestseller

Once upon a time four aspiring authors met at their very first writers' conference. Ten years later they're still friends, survivors of the ultra-competitive New York publishing world. Mallory St. James is a workaholic whose best sellers support a lavish lifestyle. Tanya Mason is a single mother juggling two jobs, two kids, and too many deadlines. Faye Truett is the wife of a famous televangelist and the author of inspirational romances: No one would ever guess her explosive secret.
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Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time four aspiring authors met at their very first writers' conference. Ten years later they're still friends, survivors of the ultra-competitive New York publishing world. Mallory St. James is a workaholic whose best sellers support a lavish lifestyle. Tanya Mason is a single mother juggling two jobs, two kids, and too many deadlines. Faye Truett is the wife of a famous televangelist and the author of inspirational romances: No one would ever guess her explosive secret.

Kendall Aims' once-promising career is on the skids - and so is her marriage. Her sales are dismal, her new editor detests her work - and her husband is cheating. Barely able to think, let alone meet her final deadline, Kendall holes up in a mountain cabin to confront a blank page and a blanker future.

But her friends won't let her face this trial alone. Together they collaborate on a novel using their own lives as fodder, assuming no one will ever discover the truth behind their words.

No one is more surprised than they are when the book becomes a runaway best seller. But with success comes scrutiny and scandal...as these four best friends suddenly realize how little they've truly known each other.

©2009 Wendy Wax (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Wax sheds insight on the writer/reader relationship and nurtures this invisible bond throughout. Sure to appeal to fans of women's fiction and aspiring writers." (Library Journal)

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    S new york, NY, United States 02-19-13
    S new york, NY, United States 02-19-13
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    "Meh....just okay."
    Any additional comments?

    this is another one of those "middle of the road" books. Nothing actually bad and not exactly boring, but....not much happens. A group of women that are friends, help one of them out, have problems that each are struggling with individually, get caught for helping the friend, get in a fight and then make up. The End.

    At times, I felt that the author just skimmed over each character and didn't make their struggles interesting enough to engage me.

    It passed the time, but is not memorable. Narration was probably the best part of the whole experience.

    Eh.

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    E. Lanier Maryland 12-08-12
    E. Lanier Maryland 12-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Book within a Book"

    This is not your ordinary "triumph over adversity" book. Wendy Wax has created a story about writing a book and the publishing industry into a believable story about the lives of four diverse female authors. I really loved the insights into writing and publishing, but most of all I enjoyed the individual voices of each character. You can almost believe that this is something that really happened. You won't regret the credit or the time you spend on this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Jackson OXFORD, GEORGIA, US 02-05-13
    Dana Jackson OXFORD, GEORGIA, US 02-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "More like "the accidental use of my credit.""
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it was marginally good.


    What was most disappointing about Wendy Wax’s story?

    It just spent too much time describing fairly unlikable women. I found it difficult to empathize with these self involved, self important, boring women. I'm usually not so critical of books. But I was really disappointed after reading such favorable recommendations. I couldn't even finish it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was the only redeeming quality.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J Summit, NJ 01-14-14
    J Summit, NJ 01-14-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Could it be much more formulaic?"
    What disappointed you about The Accidental Bestseller?

    Everything was so predictable. The characters really seemed to have been picked out of a catalogue--each to cover a trope. Totally two-dimensional.


    What could Wendy Wax have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was kind of a cute idea, but beyond the premise, it was really tiresome.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine United States 10-12-13
    Katherine United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Been done before"

    The genre is pretty hit or miss, so I have nobody but myself to blame for this pick. (Usually love something fluffy to listen to during walks with the dog.) The author seems to think that the concept is new. When are writers going to figure out that there have been a ton of books written about writers and the books they write? Oh, she wrote a novel about authors writing about their lives, therefore duplicating the novel itself? How CLEVER! As another review mentioned, everything was absolutely predictable (both story lines and the outcome). It was also impossible to like/sympathize with the characters, who were unbelievably idiotic. *SPOILER ALERT* How can anyone with a triple-digit IQ think it's a good idea to: 1) write an autobiographical story with enough identifying information for the public to figure out who it's about; 2) use it to spill all of your potentially-devastating secrets; and 3) "disguise" the characters with pseudonyms nearly phonetically identical to their real names?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    barbara HUDSON, FL, United States 03-30-13
    barbara HUDSON, FL, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Good book, but not quite as good as the Ocean Book"
    If you could sum up The Accidental Bestseller in three words, what would they be?

    A group of women that all have writing in common come together for a writing awards ceremony. They are all facing difficult situations and possible failing writing careers. These women become supportive of each other as they come to understand the challenges that each other face.


    What other book might you compare The Accidental Bestseller to and why?

    Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach just because it discussed the lives of four completely diffferent people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Perhaps looking into the life of the character that lived with her mother and children.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not as much as I did the other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I was slightly disappointed in this book. Perhaps because I had high hopes compared to the other two books I'd read. It is still a good read and I would recommend it, just not as highly as the other ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennah PARKER, CO, United States 02-11-13
    Jennah PARKER, CO, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great chic lit!!"
    Where does The Accidental Bestseller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to my books in the car. Found myself not wanting to get out when I would arrive at my destination because I was so into the story line.
    My only complaint is that the narrator doesn't take breaks between chapters so I never really had a good place to stop.


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    allison MONTEREY,LA United States 02-07-13
    allison MONTEREY,LA United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Easy and enjoyable Chick Lit"

    As per the summary this book is about 4 writer friends. 1 of the friends has hit hard times and owes 1 more book to her publishing house before they drop her for good. For several reasons she has trouble writing the book so her 3 friends join forces with her to help her write it. This story is told from the POV of all 4 characters which I always like. Each woman has her own set of life issues she is dealing with which all come to a head when the book they write becomes a bestseller.
    I found this book thoroughly entertaining, though it is pretty predictable chick lit. But, it's aways motivating to see women find their own inner strength and sense of self and this book does not disappoint in that aspect.

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