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By Olivia Goldsmith

At Davis & sprint, one in all New York's such a lot prestigious publishing homes, 5 new authors can be published--but just one of them can be a bestseller. they've got labored hard and long to put in writing their novels of romance and homicide, drama and love. however the tale at the back of the tales is much more interesting. And the vicious pageant to get the suitable agent, the fitting editor, and the alternative spot at the bestseller checklist has to be obvious to be believed.

grasp novelist Olivia Goldsmith, bestselling writer of The First better halves Club and Marrying Mom, takes a scathing and hilarious within examine the deviously cutthroat international of publishing. She pierces egos, produces the dish, and punctures various careers during this exclusive novel the place goals come real and writing is its personal reward.

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