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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
Sheila
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
Cindy
This book was very well written and gave me quite a glimpse of the publishing world! I loved all the secrets and drama in this story. I really had no idea at all how this book was going to end, what couples would split up, who would get together and what families wouldstand by the lady authors. The friendship between the women is what I liked best about the book, but what happens to their friendship when put to the test is even more interesting.This review was originally posted on [http://booksp ...more
Laurel-Rain
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
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Jessica Lawlor
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
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Cara Bristol
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
Uci
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
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Michelle
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

I've never used this phrase to describe a book before, but this book is very meta.

The book is about four friends who are all writers. Kendall has a meltdown due to her personal life and her friends help her. They suggest that they all write a book together, a book about four friends who are writers.

Each one of them writes about herself, but in code. They want Kendall to get complete credit for the book and they do not want to break their own contracts
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Jeanne
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.
Denise
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.
Donna
4.5 stars. The Accidental Bestseller tells the story of four writers who first met ten years ago at a writing conference and became best friends. They come together again as one's life begins to suddenly fall apart with the ending of her marriage and fast approach of an impossible deadline. However, all the friends have different types of problems in their lives.
I found this story to be a heartwarming tale of friends helping each other face adversity. Because the chapters alternated between the
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Kathy
I didn't make it past the first twenty pages. : ( I gave myself permission to put it away!
Lana
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a honest review.

I loved this book. I found the first couple chapters a bit slow, but once the story picked up, the book was wonderful. I loved the introduction of the characters and description of their individual lives. The book had a wonderful plot that I hadn't read before.

Each of the characters are strong in their own way and each have been hiding secrets from everyone. I can't imagine how exhausting that must have bee
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Melida
The concept of the book was very good however I did have to put it down for a long while because the main character, Kendall, began to get irritating. I totally understand the need to wallow after devastating news. However the chapters of her sadness went on longer than I could handle. I think I was less than 30% through the book when I put it down. I finally finished it in less than 24 hours just so I could say I finished it. I like the way the author ended the story with the character updates.
Amaya
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
Rebecca
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
Violet Crush
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
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Cassandra
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?
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Vira Cla
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
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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
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Lissa
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
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Jenny
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.
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Lauren
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
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Jacqie
I picked this up for a light, fluffy, change of pace. The premise is that a midlist author fails to win an award at the same time that her publishing house is dropping her and her husband is leaving her. Don't think those are spoilers, since they all happen early in the book. Now she and her friends must rally together to create a new book and pull her out of her slump. The friends were interesting, but not compelling. The main character entirely falling to pieces for a week, not showering, not ...more
Laura
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
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Crystal
The concept of this book pulled me in from the start – a book about authors writing a book about authors! As a reader who is also interested in the industry, the insight from inside was both fascinating and valuable: I don’t think I’ll ever romanticize the idea of becoming an author again after reading this fictionalized account of what it takes to become published.

The four major characters in this novel feel like friends to the reader from early on. Mallory is that person that has everything so
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Karalee
This is the first book I've read by this author. It centers on 4 women authors who met at the beginning of their careers and act as a support and critique network for each other as their careers progress. One of them, Kendall Aims, is in personal and professional crisis and she retires to her mountaintop home to attempt to write a book that will resurrect her career. When she is stuck, her three friends swoop and in and they secretly collaborate on a book that incorporates real details of all fo ...more
Cathy
Fantastic novel! I really couldn't have asked for anything more in this book. This was a tale of four writer friends, each at differnet stages in her writing career and each with a secret that they hold so deeply and so dearly to their heart, they don't dare share it with anyone, including each other. That is until one day when one of the women, Kendall, is in desperate need of their other three women's help and they come to her aid in the form of collaborating on a story so that she can meet he ...more
Jackye
This was a book I wanted to read late and night and first thing in the morning. I finished it in 4 days.

The book is about 4 women writers - all who face a crisis in their life and the book they write together to help one of the women make her deadline. The book they write is actually the book you are reading - kind of like looking in a mirror and seeing another mirror and another and another....

Kendall is the one who can;t meet her deadline - she loses a book award, her contract is not renewed
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The Wendy Wax who writes Children Books is my cousin. She’s at www.wendywax.com/. See the PW Article about the 2 Wendy Waxes.I'm the Wendy Wax who writes women's fiction exploring 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 ...more
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