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The Accidental Bestseller

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  1,783 Ratings  ·  289 Reviews
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 bestsellers 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 ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Berkley Books (first published May 5th 2009)
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Barbara Boutin
I did not love this book. I felt the characters were very weak willed and used avoidance as a way to deal with unpleasantness. I spent most of the book saying "get a grip!" The story had potential as a friendship tome, but the spineless ness of the women was distasteful. I finished it, but felt myself skimming some parts
Chrissi Sepe
I like any books that are about the lives of writers, particularly women writers. Books that deal all about both the process and the struggles of being a writer. This book had an interesting premise because it was not only about one writer, but about four who agree to write a book together so that the lead character, Kendall, can fulfill her book contract before hopefully moving on to another publisher that will treat her better and stand behind her books more. Much to their surprise, the book b ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Uci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ada satu aura misterius dalam kehidupan penulis, walaupun ini mungkin profesi yang paling sederhana di dunia. Berjam-jam menghabiskan waktu di depan komputer sendirian; keraguan yang menyelip; dan naik turunnya bisnis itu sendiri. (hal. 246)

Profesi penulis dan kehidupan para penulis tampaknya selalu menarik untuk disimak. Terlihat dari acara temu penulis terkenal yang selalu ramai, juga workshop-workshop penulisan yang pesertanya membludak. Sebuah bukti bahwa banyak orang yang menyimpan impian u
Aug 13, 2009 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading about the book publishing industry and writers. I did not like the storyline. I did not connect to the characters. The relationships did not go far enough. I will not read this author again.
Jessica Lawlor
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica Lawlor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
The Accidental Bestseller tells the story of four writers and best friends. The story opens in NYC at a writers conference where author Kendall Aim’s is up for the prestigious Zelda award. She is counting on this award to boost her career and give her a renewed sense of purpose in writing.

by Mallory St. James, a NY Times best selling author, is secretly struggling with writing her next book and her relationship with her husband. Faye Truett, an inspirational writer with a televangelist husband h
Feb 07, 2010 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2010
Wendy Wax's "The Accidental Bestseller" is a novel about friendship and the craft of writing. It is the story of four writers: Kendall, Mallory, Faye, and Tanya who met a decade ago at a writers' conference. They become fast friends over their common goals and watch each achieve various levels of writing success: Tanya still works as a waitress at a diner and as a laundromat attendant while churning out pages at night for her agent while Mallory produced 13 books in ten years and is a New York T ...more
Nov 20, 2009 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four aspiring writers who met at a writers' conference maintain their friendship several years later. Their individual writing careers are varied, but problems of one kind or another plague each of them.

Mallory St. James has "bestseller" status, but she has hit a glitch. Writer's block. Kendall Aims has failed to win an award that would have made a difference, and her publisher is dumping her. And so is her husband. But she has to write one more book, in the midst of the chaos of her life. Tany
Cara Bristol
Aug 01, 2010 Cara Bristol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just after she fails to win an award, the publisher of midlist author Kendall Aims informs her they're dropping her, and her husband announces he's leaving her for another woman. With her career and marriage on the skids, she goes into a tailspin, unable to face producing an entire manuscript she's still contracted to produce. Her three friends rally to the rescue, each volunteering to ghostwrite a portion of the manuscript, knowing that the publisher will bury it and it will die in obscurity. F ...more
The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax was a cute story but not one of my favorite's by this author. It is about the lives of four writers, who happen to be good friends, and the struggles all of them encounter not just in their professional lives but in their personal lives. It also gives just a glimpse into the workings of the publishing world. I must admit, though, that the story tend to drag when the four of them were together and there was just too much whining. In this case the sum of the ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of 4 authors who help one of the group who has a deadline due but no story. Each takes from her own life and puts it in the one's book and it becomes a best seller. The fallout begins between them and their families. I loved the support that they gave each other. Each woman was well defined. The others in their lives were also well defined. What I most especially loved was that each woman became stronger through this experience. They all needed to learn to communicate with each other a ...more
Oct 04, 2010 Jeanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My mom recommended this one so I read the whole thing. Otherwise, I definitely would have quit on this one. The problem for me is that it is a writer writing about the book just like the one in your hands that she is touting as a work of brilliance that makes the NY Times Best seller list. The self-promotion was completely annoying to me.
May 03, 2011 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't make it past the first twenty pages. : ( I gave myself permission to put it away!
Jun 30, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute story (within a story within a story)! It was a fun and easy read with four strong female characters. Well written, with an interesting glimpse into the writing/publishing world.
Seorang wanita harus membangun pelabuhan amannya sendiri, juga tempat untuk kabur dalam hidup ini.
Nov 08, 2016 Denise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I read almost 100 pages of this book and just didn't like it. All of the characters felt like clichés. I kept finding mistakes in the writing, too. Like Kendall is one of 5 nominees for this award, but then there is 1 winner and 5 "losers," so there were really 6 nominees? What? I'm fine with leaving this one unread, even though I liked another book by this author.
Feb 26, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Like many readers and writers, I have always enjoyed reading books ABOUT books and reading and writing. And especially with all the excited talk about BEA and the book blog con coming up I thought it would be fun to read a book about a group of friends who meet up at a writing conference and then work on writing a book together!

In Wendy Wax's novel, The Accidental Bestseller, four writer friends start out at an awards ceremony hoping that one of their foursome will win the coveted writing award.
Keruntuhan Kendall Aims dimulai pada malam penghargaan Zelda Awards. Nama pemenang yang dibacakan Mallory St. James—sahabatnya, ternyata bukanlah namanya. Editornya, Jane Jensen, yang telah lama membencinya, semakin membencinya. Tapi biar bagaimanapun, dia masih memiliki utang satu buah buku untuk diselesaikan sebelum ia benar-benar didepak dari Scarsdale—penerbitnya. Dia harus menguatkan dirinya untuk kontrak—yang uang mukanya telah ia tabung—itu. Tapi ketika ia pulang ke Atlanta, berharap dap ...more
A friend is defined as: a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. This is the story of 4 writers who have forged a bond of friendship through their experiences of being a writer. Wax takes you on an emotional journey with each of these writers, Kendall, Tanya, Mallory and Faye, and asks the questions that plagues friendships every day. Are we really as close as we think we are? Are we true friends? Will they be there for me? The Accidental Bestseller appeared to b ...more
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
Kendall Aimes: Her husband has been cheating on her, her women's lit publishing house is about to drop her, and she just can't seem to catch a break. She has one last book to write to fulfill her contract, but doesn't have the will to sit down and write it.

Tanya Mason: A single mother of 2, she works two jobs in addition to writing romance novels. Though she writes happily ever after tales, she won't let herself experience one, even though the perfect man is trying to convince her otherwise. Her
Trupti Dorge
Jun 15, 2009 Trupti Dorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, review-copy
Reading this book was like reading a book within a book or reading about how the book was written. Well, kind of. Confused? Keep reading.

It’s a story about 4 friends, their happiness, their loss, their struggles, but most of all their friendship. Four women, Mallory, Tanya, Kendall and Faye meet in a writer’s conference 10 years ago when they were just aspiring writers. 10 years later each is successful in her own right. But even though they have been friends for so long they have things they ha
Sue Stewart
Mar 06, 2017 Sue Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW What a great book - loved the 4 friends - their ups and downs as writers and their steadfast friendship and their roller coaster journey. Truly captivating!
Jun 16, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Accidental Bestseller is a great book from start to finish. Wendy Wax’s novel is a light and enjoyable read that focuses deeply on four writer friends. While some authors struggle with giving one main character depth, Wax is able to get up close and intimate with her four, strong female heroines.

Kendall, Mallory, Faye, and Tanya are all published authors in different locations, with varying degrees of success. Above all else, the four are close friends. The book begins with Kendall’s falt
Vira Cla
Jul 16, 2012 Vira Cla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, favorites
I think a book which tells about a writer's story is never boring. Every writer has own background or history for why not only how to write.

The Accidental Bestseller bacaan ringan yang terlalu tebal (tapi ketebalannya tentu wajar utk ukuran 'perbukuan' di Amerika). Saya menghabiskan tiga hari utk membacanya sampai tamat. Ceritanya seru, penuh konflik dari masing2 keempat tokoh utama. Tokoh2 pembantu lainnya juga mewarnai cerita menjadi lebih menegangkan. Well, buku ini layak baca, setidaknya ba
Mar 23, 2011 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never been comfortable steering off my course. I like fantasy and I like the world of which only fantasy could offer. But, I’m glad I did or else I wouldn’t have found myself pinned on a book that was fiction but so far off from my fantasy world. The Accidental Bestseller, the title alone was enough to make me giggle silly. How can anyone be an accidental bestseller in the first place? I sure don’t know the answer to that and I doubt I ever will, seeing that I have no part in the publishi ...more
Rebecca Johnson
Jul 13, 2009 Rebecca Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
One day, four aspiring writers met at a writer’s conference. Coming from four very different worlds, these women form the unlikeliest of alliances in the dog-eat-dog world of publishing. Ten years later, Mallory St. James is a workaholic sophisticate, Tanya Mason a single mother working three jobs to support her two children, Faye Truett the wife of well-known televangelist ‘Pastor Steve’, and Kendall Aims a struggling mid-list author with a rocky marriage and empty-nest syndrome. But more than ...more
Sep 23, 2013 Lissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fresh-fiction
Reviewed by Lissa Staley
Posted May 17, 2009

Women's Fiction

Kendall Aims' life is falling apart. She didn't win a much- anticipated writing award, and now her agent and her editor are avoiding her. Her husband is leaving her for the young realtor who is putting their house on the market after the divorce is final. Kendall runs to the mountains to hide from the world, but she still owes her publisher a book she hasn't even started. Her three closest friends and fellow writers, Tanya, Faye and Mal
Thoughts as of page 123 - a bit of language, some foreplay between married couples, interesting story but hard to follow as there are several similar points of view. All the women are writers and it's hard to tell them apart based on just their names. It takes me a couple pages to figure out which character is narrating now.

Thoughts as of the end - Have you ever looked into a mirror and seen the reflection of another mirror, thus giving you an infinite view of yourself fading into the distance?
May 24, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for a chick lit book club. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when I started the book and even was hesitant about the story a few chapters in. The book tells the story of four friends and a book editor, all through third person narration. As someone who generally reads first person narration stories - this was confusing at first for me.

As the story progressed, I found myself more and more interested in reading the book. With most books that I cannot put down, there is some asp
Aug 08, 2012 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Ms. Wax's style of writing and have read several of her books. The Accidental Bestseller is in keeping with the subject matter in her Ten Beach Road/Ocean Beach books- women banding together to help one another through good & bad times. I love how the author fleshes out her characters making them dynamic and with traits that the reader can easily identify in themselves or their friends.

What makes the Accidental Bestseller unique (and fun to read) is its look at the ins and outs
Apr 21, 2010 Elisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
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I write novels that explore friendship, self-discovery and the challenges life brings us, leavened with a touch of humor. I'm proud of all my books and perhaps best known for my "Ten Beach Road" titles including the USA Today bestsellers, Ten Beach Road and The House on Mermaid Point, and for While We Were Watching Downton Abbey.

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