Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Publicist by Christina George

3.5 Star

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.

Kathryn - 3.5 Star

An interesting novel because it certainly gives some insight into the various roles a book publisher takes on-  I wasn’t completely oblivious to the field but I was still somewhat surprised by the perspective of an insider.   I’m sure there is often a human element that makes this business incredibly difficult and this first novel in the series shows that the relationship between publisher and author is very complicated.

It’s an interesting read because it’s gritty in terms of the publishing world but there’s a romantic storyline that also lightens up the narrative and I’m not sure I was entirely on board with how the two mingled on the pages until the end.  I was fascinated by Kate’s different authors and engrossed in trying to keep them straight and remember who was who so when I was given information about her personal life I was thrown off somewhat.  As if she shouldn’t be allowed a personal life!

I actually like MacDermott Ellis from the start despite (or perhaps due to) the bad brush he’s painted with.  I felt for him immensely and tried to see his perspective and how it had come to be.  I hope I’m not the only one (besides Kate) to find empathy for him and I’m certainly curious to see how things pan out in the next book.

The Publicist is a strong first novel and The Publicist #2 is on my to-read list!

Thank you to the author for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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