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The Wedding Writer [Kindle Edition]

Susan Schneider
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Four talented women, one glossy wedding magazine: life should be as perfect as a bridal catwalk… right?

Lucky Quinn writes up weddings for one of the hottest bridal magazines. And it wasn't easy to get there. From humble beginnings, she outsmarted her way into the center of New York's glamorous magazine industry - making up for her background with a sharp mind, whip-thin physique, and ceaseless ambition.

Then, in one day, her life is utterly transformed; two of the magazine's major competitors fold, and Lucky is named Editor-in-Chief, replacing the formidable, but aging Grace Ralston, who had been at the magazine's helm from day one. Grace taught Lucky everything she knows, but now it seems that she taught her too well…

As the ripples of Lucky's promotion spread, the intricate lives of four women begin to unfold. Felice, Your Wedding's elegant and unshakeable Art Director is now being shaken for the first time by troubles at home. Sara, the Fashion Director, is famed for her eagle eye for fashion trends and exquisite hair. But, for all her know-how, "the Angel of Bridal" has never come close to starring in a wedding herself - she's picked the dress, but where's the groom? Grace, recovering in the wake of her sudden, humiliating fall from power, must learn to accept herself - and love - after a life dedicated to fulfilling other women's dreams. And, through it all, Lucky begins to discover just how lonely the top really is.



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“Schneider, a bridal-magazine editor and writer, gives readers a good view of what life is like in the world of tulle, taffeta and the quest for a fairy-tale wedding." – Kirkus

“In this Devil Wears Prada-like send-up of the bridal magazine industry, a former executive editor of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride takes readers behind the scenes of the fictional Your Wedding... The workplace drama is enhanced with fantastic fashion, tawdry affairs, secrets, and revelations. Schneider certainly writes from experience, and readers will be interested in what’s behind all those frothy covers on the newsstand.” – Booklist

"A juicy combination of bridal fashion, love and cutthroat drama set in the greatest city in the world!" – David Tutera, star of WEtv's "My Fair Wedding"

“A juicy, scandalous page-turning novel with a true window into the world of weddings in New York City and all the colorful characters who are part of it.” – Colin Cowie, Wedding Designer and Producer

“Call it The Devil Wears Vera Wang or Alex Witchel Channels Jane Austen, Schneider’s roman à clef about the Big Business of Bridal is as sharp as her protagonist’s Louboutins.” – Katherine Ball Ross, creator of The Quiet Center: Women Reflecting on Life's Passages; former Literary Editor of Victoria Magazine

“Schneider invites us behind the scenes of two exclusive worlds—the bridal industry and magazine publishing—and shows us the glamour and the grind of making dreams come true.” – Karen Bussen, author of the Simple Stunning Weddings series

"In this often hilarious peek into the inner sanctum of bridal fashion, the author captures with exquisite precision and wicked detail the hidden workings of  this exclusive and intriguing world. The story of the disastrous love lives of four women whose job it is to create perfection for brides-to-be  is filled with keen observations into human nature and is so real, you can practically  hear the taffetta swishhhhhhh..." – Martine Aerts-Niddam, Fashion Director, Inside Weddings Magazine

“An insider’s look at the polite but lusty gloves-off games of the bridal magazine world. Even though the author disguised every player, the characters ring hyper true... Funny and sad, often at the same moment, The Wedding Writer is a send-up to savor.” – Margaret Kennedy, former Editor in Chief, Elegant Bride Magazine and Victoria Magazine

Review

“Schneider, a bridal-magazine editor and writer, gives readers a good view of what life is like in the world of tulle, taffeta and the quest for a fairy-tale wedding." – Kirkus

“In this Devil Wears Prada-like send-up of the bridal magazine industry, a former executive editor of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride takes readers behind the scenes of the fictional Your Wedding... The workplace drama is enhanced with fantastic fashion, tawdry affairs, secrets, and revelations. Schneider certainly writes from experience, and readers will be interested in what’s behind all those frothy covers on the newsstand.” – Booklist

"A juicy combination of bridal fashion, love and cutthroat drama set in the greatest city in the world!" – David Tutera, star of WEtv's "My Fair Wedding"

“A juicy, scandalous page-turning novel with a true window into the world of weddings in New York City and all the colorful characters who are part of it.” – Colin Cowie, Wedding Designer and Producer

“Call it The Devil Wears Vera Wang or Alex Witchel Channels Jane Austen, Schneider’s roman à clef about the Big Business of Bridal is as sharp as her protagonist’s Louboutins.” – Katherine Ball Ross, creator of The Quiet Center: Women Reflecting on Life's Passages; former Literary Editor of Victoria Magazine

“Schneider invites us behind the scenes of two exclusive worlds—the bridal industry and magazine publishing—and shows us the glamour and the grind of making dreams come true.” – Karen Bussen, author of the Simple Stunning Weddings series

"In this often hilarious peek into the inner sanctum of bridal fashion, the author captures with exquisite precision and wicked detail the hidden workings of  this exclusive and intriguing world. The story of the disastrous love lives of four women whose job it is to create perfection for brides-to-be  is filled with keen observations into human nature and is so real, you can practically  hear the taffetta swishhhhhhh..." – Martine Aerts-Niddam, Fashion Director, Inside Weddings Magazine

“An insider’s look at the polite but lusty gloves-off games of the bridal magazine world. Even though the author disguised every player, the characters ring hyper true... Funny and sad, often at the same moment, The Wedding Writer is a send-up to savor.” – Margaret Kennedy, former Editor in Chief, Elegant Bride Magazine and Victoria Magazine

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  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (June 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TLJ7R8
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So awful I was inspired to write my first review... August 2, 2011
Format:Paperback
....in hopes of saving someone else from wasting time on this book. The number of positive reviews on this site makes me concerned about whether I can trust amazon.com reviews in my own search for decent reading material. At least one person writing a positive review acknowledged knowing the author--I can only assume the rest were her friends or immediate family members as well . The characters had no depth, the dialogue was laughable and the made women in general look and sound horrendous. There wasn't any inside information, just the same old Vera Wang and Louboutin name-dropping. I picked it up as a beach read, knowing it would be light and I just kept hoping it would improve or begin to tie the characters together in some way beyond gender. I only kept going because I have tremendous difficulty abandoning any book I've begun without finishing it. Do yourself a favor and don't pick it up.
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Chick lit? With a cover like that? You bet. Light and fluffy but not necessarily frothy. The dark side behind all those gorgeous and lavish bridal magazines - the ladder climbing, the back stabbing, the pressure for perfection - no magazine subject matter would appear to be immune.

The bridal magazine is 'Your Wedding'. Grace is the editor, probably modeled on Anna Wintour or Amanda Priestly, has been at the helm of the magazine for many years. Not old - 56, but perceived as being past it by the men who run the show, she is brutally replaced by Lucky (annoying name), who is young, ambitious, talented and far too skinny. From the start she charges through with the changes she wants to make, in the process alienating the other staff. There are two other women who have been on the magazine for a long time - Sara, early 40s, looking for love, and Felice, similar age, married with a teenage son going through his own teenage dramas. The magazine, the changes taking place and the impact these have on the lives of these four women are the core of the book. But we also learn quite a lot about the back stories of each of these women. As well as a fair bit about the nasty world of magazine publishing.

It's hardly literary fiction, but it is not so bad as to not be an enjoyable read. There is quite good commentary on the ageing process while working in the beauty industry which is essentially what bridal magazines are, being single/married/a mother/ working in such a ruthless industry. And how we define our own personal image when we are surrounded by fantasy images which of course is what us average mortals face every day, but much more so in a bridal magazine where everything is about creating a fantasy. And finally, is it all worth it really?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read! September 6, 2011
Format:Paperback
The Wedding Writer by Susan Schneider is one saucy and juicy read! It's a behind the scenes look at the goings on at a bridal magazine publishing house including all the fighting, back stabbing, job stealing, and gossip that goes along with it. We also get a better look into the lives of four women: Lucky, Grace, Sara, and Felice who work there, or in Grace's case - who had worked there. Now, I'm single and I've never, even as a young girl, been interested in a wedding but I loved this book! I do enjoy reading books that describe the workings at magazine publishing houses and I loved the mentions of all the top designers, shoes, and dresses - all that goes along with the wedding. As well, any novel that delves into the lives of women always manages to catch my attention and this novel definitely had that.

Lucky, who has had a bit of a rocky life, is writing wedding stories for a huge bridal magazine called Your Wedding and she's good at it. However Lucky is hungry for more and has always been driven and ambitious. She wants to get to the top and sometimes to get there you have to walk on some toes that maybe you'd rather not. So when Lucky is offered the top position of Editor-in-Chief she jumps at it, even though it means ousting her best friend Grace. She rationalizes it by thinking that Grace is up there in years now and she's had her chance; now it's time for Lucky to shine and show what she can do.

For Grace, losing her job is devastating. She has based her whole life on working at the expense of friends and even her daughter Isla, not to mention a life of her own. Yet she thrived on it and loved it. Without her job, who is she? She is beyond stressed and to top it off her body starts rebelling against her and her hair is falling out. What else could possibly go wrong?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Scenes June 24, 2011
Format:Paperback
I don't know about you but I love reading bridal magazines. I'm not a huge fan of the wedding shows on TV but give me a copy of Modern Bride any day. Even old issues are still fun to go through and have tons of useful information. I had a year subscription prior to the year I got married and I've kept all those issues. I still pull them out every now and then for "light reading." Therefore, I was really looking forward to this book which gives the behind the scenes look at what goes on in putting together one of those magazines.

The book is written in the present tense. This might be a bit hard to get used to in the beginning. However I soon found myself pretty much ignoring the tense and actually reading the book in third person past tense which didn't really affect how I viewed the story at all. The story focuses on four women who work or have worked at Your Wedding. I felt that it was a bit awkward at how each women was presented. The chapters would list the name of the woman whose POV we were looking through but then halfway through a chapter it would shift to another woman. This got very confusing at times because I kept mixing up characters and couldn't figure out who exactly was the focus of a chapter. I do wish that all four women actually had time in the book to get together as a group. They splinter off into sections but are never together as a whole.

I still enjoyed learning about Lucky, Grace, Felice and Sara. Throughout the story we learn more about their characters and what led them to working at the magazine as well as their lives outside of their work. They aren't always likable characters, in fact there are times where I sighed heavily due to annoyance at them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious and insightful insider's view of the NYC magazine world
Delivers all the seductive pleasures of The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City -- but also goes much deeper, plumbing women's relationship to work as a source of fulfillment,... Read more
Published on November 1, 2011 by Mimijo
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cut Throat World of Publishing
"The Wedding Writer" follows the lives of various women who work in publishing for a bridal magazine, "Your Wedding". Read more
Published on August 13, 2011 by JerseyGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for those brides...and magazine editors!
No one knows tulle, ruching, or veils better than those who work directly in the bridal industry. No one, of course, except for the editors, writers, interns, advertisers, and... Read more
Published on July 25, 2011 by The Write Edge
5.0 out of 5 stars Wedding Writer - Not my genre until now
In the world of weddings and publishing a handful of women battle through corporate back-stabbing, relationship issues, self discovery and fashion within the Bridal industry. Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by Gracey Castro
5.0 out of 5 stars Kritters Ramblings
A great girlie chick lit to get an insider's look into the magazine world and more specifically the bridal magazine world. Read more
Published on July 1, 2011 by Kristin Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars So true....
If you've ever wondered what it's like to toil in the lady-mag trenches, read this book. As someone who's worked in women's mags for years, I can tell you that The Wedding Writer... Read more
Published on June 18, 2011 by MKC
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Want an insider's look at the bridal industry? Schneider's book is whipsmart and readable and so much fun to read. Highly recommended.
Published on June 16, 2011 by JT
1.0 out of 5 stars There are better ways to spend one's time!
My copy of this book arrived having had an encounter with a sharp object that pierced the wrapping, the cover and the first 50 pages. Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by Jackie M. Musgrave
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Chick Lit: witty, bordering on satirical, and genuinely touching
You know it's Chick Lit because: (a) The word wedding appears in the title (this is not always a giveaway --- think Carson McCullers --- but it's usually a clue); (b) The cover is... Read more
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More About the Author

Susan Schneider has over 10 years of experience as a bridal magazine editor; currently she is executive editor at Bridal Guide Magazine, a national consumer magazine for engaged women, and she was also executive editor at Conde Nast's Modern Bride and at Elegant Bride. She covers everything wedding, from fashion to flowers to food to stationery, etiquette, registry and honeymoons. She especially enjoys writing true-life wedding stories. Her first novel, The Wedding Writer, draws on her expertise as a wedding writer and from her day-to-day contribution to the business of bridal. Visit her website at www.susanschneiderauthor.com.

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