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 sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.
Where to buy the audiobook: Audible
I read this series and was delighted to be able to listen to the audiobook versions
Lisa Cordileone does a fabulous job of bringing the words to life.
I enjoyed it from the very beginning and can't wait to continue with Shelf Life.
Kate is a smart, strong career woman. The book opens with her literally handling a life or death situation. Who knew that a book publicist had to be a super hero.
Between everyone wanting her attention focused solely on their book or project and a constantly clamouring smartphone Kate has no time for a social life.
Throw a couple of handsome and intelligent men in her path who want her to "socialize" and even the strongest woman may waver a bit. Thank goodness for best female friends to offer advice.
I was also intrigued by Kate's friendship with aging author Allen who had yet to fulfill his contractual obligation to write one more book. There was a very pleasing mix of business and pleasure in this novel.
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.