5 May 2015

Review #206: The Publicist (The Publicist #1) by Christina George with giveaway

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Being a publicist is like management in a lot of ways - you're their friend, you're their mother, you're their confidante."

----Deborah "Debi" Mazar, an American actress and television personality

Christina George, an American author, has penned an insightful as well as passion-stirring love story, The Publicist which happens to be the first book in the The Publicist series. This book shows us behind the closed-door drama of the publishing world.


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.

Katherine Mitchell, 34-years old, single, lives in NYC- No, this is not a character from Sex and the City, where a Carrie works as a writer in some top-shot fashion magazine office, instead Kath is a regular New Yorker who works as a publicist in a reputed publishing company and moreover her life is no where near to glamorous or happening as compared to Carrie's. Anyhow, Kath is quite unfortunate when it comes to love, she falls for the wrong men in her life.

But a top-shot editor from her firm has his eyes fixed on Kath, and on the same time Kate too have a crush on this guy, but one problem- he is married and he will stay married as long as he lives! Whereas Kate is falling hard for his forbidden dude.

So apart from handling some crazy and suicidal authors, Kate's life is nothing too glitzy or charming, and Kate works her ass off to climb the corporate ladder on building a successful name in this publishing house.

Two things that I would like to mention is that the storyline is nowhere closer to reality and everything sounds fictitious, especially Kate's relationship with this guy, Mac. And second, this author is a great story-teller, who can thrill you and fill you up with desire and longing and can enlighten you with her story.

The writing is quite fine, especially the narrative which is kept catchy and free-flowing. Thanks to the author, because of whom, I got to see a lot of things behind the glossy and sliding doors of a top-shot publishing house which have a large number of imprints under it's name. (Aah, sounds like Penguin!!)

The life of a publicist is really hard and Kate fits the bill perfectly. The characters are all very well-developed, especially the supporting cast which are very striking. The narrative shifts from Mac to Kate and because of which we could get to see the story from both Mac and Kate's POV.

The author have layered the plot with some deep emotions that are surely going to impact you. The pacing of the book is really good and I've already started reading the next book in the series where Kate fulfills the challenge given to her by a dead author.

Verdict: Go ahead, it's a must read if you want to know about all-that-fuss in the life of a publicist.

Courtesy: I received the book for a blog tour. 

Author Info:

I’ve worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what The Publicist 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, hell it’s more fun to guess, right? I continue to work in publicity and help authors because at the end of the day I do love books, I love publishing, and I love authors. I hope you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as I enjoyed creating it.
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