Synopsis: Behind every book, there’s always more to the story.
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 always sell (at all) 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. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be driving her decisions. Then there’s Allan Lavigne, once a revered author, now as forgotten as yesterday’s news; and his nephew Nick, who wants to sweep Kate away from New York for another coast, California. As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, the 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 celebrities, and more scandal.
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The Publicist had such a unique concept, I found the publishing concept interesting, which was what made me interested in The Publicist in the first place. As a reader, we follow on Kate Mitchell's journey on working with New York Publishing house called Morris & Dean Publishing(MD). We get to see an insider look on her life, which I found fascinating. She's nowhere near the bottom of the ladder, but she is not exactly a big time publisher either even though she has been working in the publishing company for the past seven years. She doesn't seem to get the "big books," and is trying to reach the master level of being a publicist. However, she is considered creative and determined. The world of publishing seems brutal with it's never ending chaos with editors, and authors, Kate struggles to become her own person so she could fight her own battles.
The beginning was rather slow at first, but afterwards the book became fast paced, but I wasn't a huge fan of Kate and the rest of the characters. I did like Nick the most though, I dislike Mac who is actually married and wants to get to know Kate on a "different" level. I'm not sure how to feel about dating a married man, unless he's separated from his wife - that is fine, but I would never want to be the "other woman" in his life.
Overall, the plot was predictable though.. It is an entertaining story, and some of the parts were quite hilarious. I do wish Kate's romance had more build up and depth though. I did like the overall excitement of the novel, and I look forward to the next installment in the series as the book is incomplete, and it ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger. I would like to see Kate become her own person soon. I would rate The Publicist 3.5 butterflies.
Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book 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, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.
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