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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Book Review - The Publicist by Christina George

Welcome to the world of publishing. The ego has landed.

Can one woman change an age-old institution like publishing? Probably not, but Kate Mitchell sure wants to try. As a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house, Kate finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t sell, and author egos that are often, well, as big as the island of Manhattan.

Enter the star Editor, MacDermott Ellis: Tall, handsome, charismatic, married, and ready to save the day. Then there’s Allan Lavigne, once a revered author--now as forgotten as last year's bestsellers and his nephew Nick: Tall, gorgeous, sweet, single and ready to sweep Kate off her feet. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be driving her decisions.

As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, over-the-top author expectations, and the careful dance of “I’m sorry, your book isn’t on the bestseller list this week,” she also finds authors who are painfully overlooked by a publisher wanting more sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.

The story only an insider could tell.

As a book reviewer, I deal with a lot of publicists - a lot!   Some of them I count among my dear friends. And some, a very very few,  I'd like to kick to the curb.  But most of them do their job, and do it well, and I appreciate them for a job done with professionalism and grace.

So I was excited to review this novel featuring a book publicist by a book publicist.  Christina George (not her real name, for obvious reasons!) does a fantastic job of describing the world of publicity in the book industry.  She captures all the nuances of the job in a fast-paced, lively story that features a bit of romance, a bit of laughter, and a great deal of wonderful storytelling.

"The Publicist" is listed as Book One, and I, for one, look forward to reading more in future installments! 

I highly recommend this book as an entertaining fiction read.

In the Author's own words:

I’ve worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what The Publicist isn’t. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, hell it’s more fun to guess, right? I continue to work in publicity and help authors because at the end of the day I do love books, I love publishing, and I love authors. I hope you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as I enjoyed creating it.

I received a review copy of this book from the author. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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