The Publicist: Christina George
The publishing industry for those that do not know is quite cutthroat. Getting the right publicist and signing with a reputable publisher requires research, luck and having the right agent. Knowledge is power and the more you know about the industry, what is required and how to go about marketing yourself and your book the more apt you are to having a success. But, what happens when your so-called best seller is anything but? What happens when your best seller is one that the publisher does not feel warrants signing a contract and you are left out in the cold? What happens when you are supposed to be on Oprah and she cancels at the last minute? Well if you are Haley you pull a stunt that brings out the press, the world’s best publicist to talk you down and you leave the scene at the end in a whirl and never look back. Kate Mitchell is one of the best publicists in the business on the payroll of Morton and Dean. But, being the best does not mean she gets the top quality authors, books or titles to promote. Yet, she manages to pull many rabbits out of hats, miracles that help her clients and convinces this self-absorbed third-rate author that things will be better and that she will figure out a way to get her on the bestseller list. The Publicist by Christina George takes readers inside the dark side of publishing where we meet the unscrupulous CEO of the company, the hot editor that vies for Kate’s attention and is cheating on his wife, plus the inside scoop of what the word Publicist really means.
Getting to know the characters we realize that basically Kate is dedicated to her job but very lonely. Mac, is bored with his wife and his private life and tends to branch out a lot but when he is given the sequel to a number one bestseller he jumps at the chance to bring Kate in as the publicist for this new title.
Then we meet Mac, the editor in a more confined and closer situation as he and Kate connect in many different ways. Not wanting to leave his wife yet wanting a relationship with Kate, she has to decide if this is what she wants or if she can learn to care for someone else. Nicholas, or Nick is the nephew of one of her favorite clients who Morris and Dean have been trying to disconnect with for a long time. Allan Lavigne had one bestseller and has not written anything since. When Kate approaches him about his contract and the fact that Morris and Dean want him out he has not problem signing off and really knew it was coming. Added in we meet Janet and author of romance novels whose flavor and style is anything but raunchy and who Edward the CEO would like to be rid of too. But, sometimes things do not go as planned and Kate works her magic, does a 360 and comes up with plan that not only saves Janet’s contract, sells out every book at her signing and scares the daylights out of Edward when he realizes what he might have done. Kate is smart, savvy and understands the business so why does she fall for Mac and allow herself to be one of his women? Stating that he cares for her yet will never divorce, meeting Nick and connecting with him which one will she choose? Two men, one woman the Publicist brings the reader up close into the world of publishing and much more.
Authors wanting their books on the top lists, Mac wanting Kate for himself and Nick hoping to change it all for himself. Some authors that were great to work with others that might cost Mac more than just his job and embarrassment to the company. Kate is someone that you definitely want on your side yet when she begins to find herself embroiled with Mac, at times not focusing on her responsibilities and wandering off her mark, the reader wonders just where she will wind up at the end. Caring about Nick yet allowing herself to be drawn in at every step of the way with Mac the conflict does not resolve itself and the answers will not be revealed until The Publicist Two comes out.
Told in the third person narrative we do not really get to hear her voice and her inner most thoughts about many of the situations. Added in it would have been fun to see and hear Kate on a show with one of her authors, I loved what she did when she goes to a quaint bookstore and learns more about Mac and his kindness to the woman who owns the store. Childhood memories flood back for him and we get to see for a moment is vulnerable side.
I think the book would have been stronger is we heard from more of the authors and if Kate would have been allowed to show her real talent as a publicist in other situations and if we got to hear her make the deals with shows, interviews and used her talents more to showcase her work. Getting the Continued Promise the sequel to the Promise was great but I would have liked to learn more about the book, what type of books she and authors she represents. I like the character and would love to see her develop more backbone regarding Mac, maybe learn more Nick and hope that book two focuses more on the industry and less on the romance. Even the first scene does not seem like something a publicist would be asked to do. Hoping that most authors would not pretend to try and do a grandstand play by saying they are jumping to their death, I find that there should have been someone there to take Halley to a hospital for some therapy. The end of that scene did not seem plausible since someone tried to kill herself and just goes on her merry way.
I love the premise of learning about the job of a publicist since I would with so many every day. I also know that they work really hard to promote titles, get signings, interviews, and make sure the authors are well taken care of. But, the side plot or subplot about her and Mac seemed to take away from the fact that she is truly good and dedicated to her job.
In the end you have to decide for yourself just where she might wind up whether Nick or Mac. They are both strong characters and strong men but one is single and the other married with no chance of divorce in the picture. Can she realize that he might eventually bring her down? Can she realize that Nick is right for her or maybe someone else? Will Kate listen when her friend Grace tells her she needs to delete Mac as a lover and focus on other things? What about the author that was supposed to show up for an interview at the end? These questions will remain unanswered for the readers until The Publicist: BOOK 2 comes out. What would I rate this book? Four out of five stars.
Fran Lewis: reviewer