Saturday, June 6, 2009
The Accidental Bestseller
Author Wendy Wax http://www.authorwendywax.com/
Berkley, Published by the Penguin Group in trade paperback
Genre: Women’s Fiction
The Accidental Bestseller is a must-read for any aspiring or experienced author. It reveals everything you ever wanted to know or never wanted to know about the publishing industry and the harsh realities, as well as the joys, of the writing life.
At the beginning of the book, the main POV character, author Kendall Aims, takes a downhill slide after she loses the Zelda award (aka the RITA) at a national writer’s conference. The “book within a book” tells the story of four friends who collaborate to help one of their “peeps” fulfill a book contract and help save her writing career from ending up in the toilet and the resulting havoc the book’s ultimate success wreaks on all of their lives and their friendship.
The novel has all the right ingredients: An evil editor, a fairy godmother editorial assistant, a publishing house that wants to dump Kendall, a cheating husband who also wants to dump Kendall for his young, blonde Realtor girlfriend, a ball-squeezing divorce attorney, comedy, budding romances, a hot love affair, secrets, shocks and confessions and a dangerous power tool obsession, 101 ways to avoid writing and big-time payback.
Life lesson: You can survive anything life throws at you if you’ve got your “peeps.”
The Accidental Bestseller was hard to put down and I couldn’t imagine how Wendy was going to pull out a happy ending for all of the characters, but, lucky for us, she managed it. Actually, luck had nothing to do with it because writing that good is no accident!
Reviewed By: Marilyn Baron
Ratings: 5 Petit Fours & 3 Hot Tamales