Other writers have given a sneak peak into their writing world. Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird, Stephen Kings’ On Writing are two great examples. Janet Evanovich pulled the curtain back in her book, How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.  Recently though, my writing buddy, Sharon recommended The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax.  Touted a a great summer read, the story moves at a fast pace and I was quickly engaged by the four main characters — all published novelists.

Kendall, Faye, Tanya and Mallory meet at a writers’ conference with wild hopes and dreams.  They stay in close contact and as the years pass, they each become published, some to greater acclaim than others. Then of course, life steps in to mess things up.

Layered within this compelling story, are insider views of how the publishing world works–from a variety of POVs: the midlist writer, the best-selling author, the agent, the editorial assistant, the overbearing editor.

You won’t feel guilty taking a break from pounding away at your novel (the first one or the 50th) to enjoy this summer read. I’m crediting my time toward those 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell suggests are necessary to become a world-class expert — in whatever your chosen field.

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