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The Publicist by [George, Christina]
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"As a book publicist of 15 years, I was immediately intrigued when I heard about The Publicist by Christina George. I began reading it immediately and couldn't put it down. George combines true-to-life episodes with a delightful romantic love triangle, which made the book the perfect pleasure read for me. I'm on pins and needles to read the next installment!" -- Marika Flatt, Founder of PR by the Book

"Love, sex, books, intrigue and humor -- my favorite topics for a juicy read and The Publicist has them all. A highly enjoyable journey into the world of publishing." -- Arielle Ford, Author of Wabi Sabi Love: The Ancient Art of Finding Perfect Love In Imperfect Relationships

"...I've often imagined what it must be like to work in this industry, working with so many people who put their ego on the line and those who have to stroke said ego in all the right ways. I'm sure Ms. George has more than a few industry insiders chuckling at her stories AND cringing at how close to home they hit...I think The Publicist is a nice tease of what I'm hoping will be much more to come from Ms. George." -- Scandalicious Book Reviews

"As a book reviewer, I deal with a lot of publicists - a lot!...most of them do their job, and do it well, and I appreciate them for a job done with professionalism and grace... George captures all the nuances of the job in a fast-paced, lively story that features a bit of romance, a bit of laughter, and a great deal of wonderful storytelling. "The Publicist" is listed as Book One, and I, for one, look forward to reading more in future installments! I highly recommend this book as an entertaining fiction read." -- Sharon Galligar Chance, garden-of-books.com

About the Author

I've 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, 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. Find our more at: thepublicistnovel.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 2471 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AI3B3UK
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Ms. George writes well, but the characters are somewhat cookie cutter, tall, dark, tan, incredible hair? Kate has no obvious faults. What about Bernie? Did he or didn't he? Too many characters brought into play and going no where. But I found the most frustrating part was the fact there is no ending or conclusion. Too many plots left hanging. My fault for reading another Book 1, but this one was probably the worst of that genre, I felt like I had just watched a "season finale" i.e. "Who shot JR" Glad it was free, but then I know why, I should buy Book 2?
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No specific spoilers, but some minor, general character spoilers.

Seriously, there was so much going on and yet so LITTLE actually happened.

The book starts with The Publicist (her name is Kate, btw) getting called to the scene to talk one of her authors from jumping off a rooftop after Oprah cancels on her. Ever cool and efficient, Kate handles the situation and fumes inwardly with disgust about the shallow, idiotic author.

Unfortunately, that was the most interesting part of the book. There is way, WAY too much background info about the publishing industry and a ridiculous amount of name dropping; I found myself skipping pages frequently, and by about 40% I skipped to the end to see if I could figure out what the actual plot is supposed to be.

I'm not 100% sure, but I think this is supposed to be a confusing romance where a woman is hopelessly attracted to whichever of her leading men she is currently standing closest to. Seriously. (not an actual quote) "I'm definitely going to stop seeing Mac. He irritates me because he won't divorce his wife!" Mac comes over. "How could I ever be with anyone else?" Same situation with the guy she meets about 2/3 of the way in.

And of course, because it's all about serials these days, there's no closure.
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I think I know what the author was going for with this -- a witty and breezy take on the book industry with dashes of gossipy "could be true" fictional celebrity stories and lots of sex. But that isn't what was published here, but I think that is what she was going for.

Kate is a striving book publicist for a major publishing house. Her place in the company is unclear -- she's described sometimes as a "lead" who has various people working for her, but most of the time she seems to be rather lowly placed and working alone. I wish this part of the book was clearer, as her job is central to the plot.

Most of the book is made up of unconnected stories about clients Kate is working with. They're clearly meant to connect to real life books and authors, but none of them are as juicy as George seems to think they are. The trivial natures of the stories were a constant low grade annoyance and contributed a lot of dullness to the book.

And yeah, this is a dull book. Even with everything George throws in, it's dull and nothing comes together to form a coherent plot. Part of this is how boring Kate is as a character. Having an iPhone is not a character trait, but if I had to describe her, I'd be pressed to say anything else about her. She has an affair with a married older editor, who is mainly notable for being handsome. And then she starts up with a guy closer to her own age, who is mainly notable for being handsome and tan. All her relationships seem to be more the result of boredom and inevitability rather than actual passion. She also has a best friend, notable for drinking tea and being vaguely artistic, who exists mainly to warn her not to get involved with married men.
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George has talent and she writes carefully with some subtlety. Unfortunately there are a few problems with the novel that will keep some readers from finishing it. But let's begin with the positive.

In the Prologue George's protagonist Kate Mitchell saves Haley, one of her "authors," by talking her out of jumping off a roof to her death. The Prologue ends with this cute couplet between her and "a tall, handsome police officer":

"May I ask who you are? Her friend, sister, lover?"
"None of the above." Kate's mouth turned into a slight smile. "I'm the publicist."

The first problem is that Kate really desperately needs some flaws. She is a very boring character, always doing good and working hard and conscientiously. In Chapter Sixteen she actually does get a flaw. It turns out she can be on the bitchy side. So she's boring and bitchy. The reader wonders what Mac (who is tall, a bit dark and very handsome) sees in her. She must be a knockout, perhaps a frigid one. But we really don't see her yet. She only comes into focus gradually. Since she had struggled on her own for "a number of years" before becoming a publicist ten years ago, she has to be at least in her middle thirties. Apparently she doesn't date, has never been married, yet she is so enchanting that Mac is doing everything he can to get her into bed. And Mac! He's just a cliché of an impossibly smooth, handsome man on the make.

The next problem is the narrative. It is third person omniscient; however the author so closely identifies with her heroine that for the first several pages it appears to be "third person limited" so that we only know what Kate is thinking. So it was jarring to suddenly realize we are getting interior thoughts from Mac.
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