Welcome to my two reviews and author interview with Christina George, author of The Publicist Series. Particularly fun for the bookworms in your life, this series is fun with a capital F. Please be sure to check out the giveaway: where one US winner can win BOTH titles in the Publicist Series by Christina George, in Paper form – Personalized!! You can’t beat that. So, all you need to do is enter the giveaway tool widget between now and 23.59 EST on 17 April: winner will be notified on 18 April and have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Sponsored by Marketing Experts and Christina George.
I was curious about the ‘insider’ approach to publishing: so often we hear author stories, or as book reviewers only read the title: and we aren’t aware of the struggles to get a title TO the public: we are removed from that part of the journey. Christina George gives us a character in Kate: a publicist with a well-respected NY house that is struggling to keep their market niche.
I really enjoyed Kate: her ability to just tackle things head on at full tilt, without letting all of the ridiculous bad behaviors get her too flustered: at least not that we see. Kate is at the bottom of the feeding pool at her work: the editors get the credit for the titles, the owner takes the accolades and awards, and she is often left to deal with screaming mimi fits at 3 am when an author is having ‘a moment’. I will say that I was more than a bit disappointed in her when she stepped over the line with Mac, the star editor and renown philanderer of the office. There was a bit of “insta-love’ there, falling for all of the safe and secure feelings that she had with him, even though I felt many were based in her fear of commitment – with him married she could enjoy the moment.
Mac is an interesting guy: usually the editor who grabs the best titles: the books that are literary winners and manage to rise to best—sellers, he is entrenched in his marriage, but that will not keep him from choosing a side dish frequently. While one of the catch phrases in the book is “the ego has landed”, when often referred to authors, Mac is the first (yet not the only) character who also has some aggrandized self-import.
While a publisher cannot exist within a vacuum, there are several other characters worth more than a brief mention: the president of the publishing house is more concerned with the NYT list and the bottom line than quality: always seeking to push editors to accept books in the “next hot” phase. Kate’s best friend Grace is a dose of reality: making Kate face her own failings, being there to support her, and even sharing the questions and potential pitfalls in her relationships. In fact, it is Grace who ultimately provides Kate with one of the necessary tools to change her life. Alan, is the other person who gave Kate a Hand. An award-winning author, much like Salinger, he only wrote one book, and then retired from the spotlight. Kate was tasked with bringing him some information from the publisher one day and the two formed an easy friendship: he would answer her questions and provide his insight, she would provide company and conversation and bring him fresh groceries. Alan has also been talking Kate up to his nephew, Nick, and was not so secretly hoping that the two would hit it off, despite Nick’s living in California. Other minor characters develop more importance in the second story, and are often integral to the twists.
Told from Kate’s point of view, with insets of conversations and descriptions, the sense of ‘being there’ is entirely tactile and intriguing. Not only did I enjoy the sense of the publishing world and the frustrations that are common to those in the industry as they were revealed, but the ability to actually apply titles to some of the situations that Kate both sorts and manages was a fun time: while only experiencing some of the pressure that a publicist does, as a book blogger I could SO relate to some of the temper tantrums, gossip and rumors.
To me, this was less of a romance and more of a “week in the life’ of a publicist: although I did have several issues with the romance element. WHY oh WHY do single women ALLOW married men to use trite, tired and patently ‘easy’ excuses to justify their bad behavior, and then become partners in crime? My marriage is in name only, she lost interest in me, I won’t ever divorce her BUT….. **insert eyeroll here**…. Yeah, that just made me cringe more often than not. But, I will say that their connection was real, if I only felt it as a lusty one.
Intriguing, with lots of elements to identify with and a great opportunity for Kate to make huge changes in her life’s direction and work, this was a fun story that I devoured in one sitting, and went straight into the second in the series right after.
Title: The Publicist
Author: Christina George
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Marketing Experts
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Marketing Experts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.