My review of Best Seller: A Tale of Three Writers by Terry Tyler

This book is hot off the press 

or whatever the ebook equivalent is as it was just published yesterday.
I like Terry Tyler's writing alot and read three of her novels towards the end of last year.
I'd just finished reading her debut novel "You Wish" when I realised "Best Seller: A Tale of Three Writers" had been published. With the immediacy of my Kindle UnLimited subscription I downloaded the book straightaway and just thought I'd read a few pages to see what it was like.

An hour or so later I was hooked 

and my plan to clean the bedrooms was on hold.
"Best Seller" is a novella (about forty thousand words) so it doesn't take much more than a couple of hours to read but what is amazing is that by the end you feel like you've read a full length novel. The writing is so concise and the detailing so precise that every line of the book is at maximum capacity.
It's in the author's trademark style of  writing separate but interconnected characters whose lives are woven together in a full and engaging plot that throws up surprises right to the end.

The book is set in the exciting and fast changing world of contemporary publishing 

and the three writers of the title share the same ambition: to become a successful author. The book description tells you who the writers are:

Eden Taylor 

has made it—big time. A twenty-three year old with model girl looks and a book deal with a major publisher, she's outselling the established names in her field and is fast becoming the darling of the media.

Becky Hunter 

has money problems. Can she earn enough from her light-hearted romance novels to counteract boyfriend Alex's extravagant spending habits, before their rocky world collapses?

Jan Chilver 

is a hard up factory worker  who sees writing as an escape from her troubled, lonely life. She is offered a lifeline—but fails to read the small print...
The three women are very different from each other but each is a strong character in her own way. However they all share a common trait in their relations with the dominant male in their lives and this is the source of many of the difficulties they encounter.
It's fascinating to read in an objective way about the ins and outs of publishing.
The book description sets the background: "In the competitive world of publishing, success can be merely a matter of who you know—and how ruthless you are prepared to be to get to the top." I've read books set in publishing before but never one where self-publishing is explored so thoroughly and positively. With self-pub books now challenging the big five traditional publishers for book sales this exploration is timely. (Check out this post for more about ebook sales). At the start of the novella it's pretty clear who has the connections and the single mindedness to succeed. As the story evolves, the characters face challenges that  completely alter the reader's take on them. Although hugely entertaining, the novella has a darker side and poses some serious moral dilemmas.
Terry Tyler is an excellent writer and "Best Seller" is another highly readable and enjoyable book. You can get details of this, and all her other books, on Terry Tyler's author page at Amazon.





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