31 December 2012 ~ 0 Comments

The Publicist by Christina George

Ever wish you could step behind the curtain and see what really happens at a publishing company? As an avid reader, I was happy when I saw this book and that it’s backdrop was a NY publishing house. Even better, it falls into what I would call “chick lit” or “women’s fiction”, a genre that I enjoy because it’s usually easy to ready and there’s usually a strong female lead character. It was the perfect storm of a book for me right about this time of the year when I’m totally brain dead and just wanting good juicy reads.

So, the obvious thing that struck me was the publishing industry angle. Publishing is changing – and fast. Heck, I’d daresay it HAS changed and is still morphing. I run a very small review blog, for fun, and it’s interesting to see how I’m contacted by publicists for small books. More often than not, it’s the author that contacts me directly, which is fine. BUT, the egos sometimes are amazing. The way the author of this books portrays the ego-laden authors made me giggle. I don’t even do anything but read their book and tell the world if I liked it or not, but it’s still amusing to me. There’s simply no way I could do the job of book publicist. I’d be completely insane. It was an interesting look behind the scenes. It felt mostly real, if not a little sanitized. Luckily, I’ve dealt with more nice and humble authors than crazy ones, but I suspect it’s the opposite for the large publishing houses.

The story itself was a bit of spin on many other chick lit books we’ve seen before. Married dude, loveless marriage, strong woman doing stupid things, another dude. Etc Etc. The intriguing part, for me, was that the author was able to spin the old tired threads into her main character’s career and make it a little fresher than usual. I genuinely cared about the characters (although several times I wanted to step through the pages and punch Kate).

…. which brings me to the most interesting part of this book. It was self-published. Interesting, indeed. While there’s not a lot of information about the author or anything else, I’m willing to bet it was professionally edited – and it shows. It’s a well-put-together book.

I didn’t like that it was Book 1. I hated that we were left with a cliff hanger of an ending. I really do need my books to be all tied up nice with a bow and a settled ending. The “preview” to book 2 just made it worse. So, I’m left hankering for book 2. Of yet another series. Sigh.

Highly recommended for those not only interested in the publishing industry, but women’s fiction fans.

Description:
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.

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

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2012: 44

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