Book Review: The Publicist

Posted by Katrina Roets at 12:30 PM

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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.

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Whew! Talk about jumping into a story headfirst! This book does just that. There's no introduction, no leading up to anything, it's right there right from the beginning and I loved it. Kate was a character that most anyone could relate to and as I read the book (which I couldn't put down), I wasn't sure if I should laugh or cry at some of the crazy things that she had to deal with as a publicist. I mean, I've met crazy, but some of these folks were their own special brand. I'm not going to give too much away because I really think that this is one of those books that you need to pick up and read for yourself. This is the first part to a series, but have no fear, I have the second and third parts just waiting to be read!

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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts, comments, and opinions are my own.

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