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Books can be a dangerous business...

Angel Robinson loves books, loves reading, loves anything to do with the written word. But when Blue Moon Books, the Bay Area bookstore where she has worked since college, is squeezed out of business, Angel is forced to find a new job. She lucks into a position as the assistant to the world-renowned literary agent Lucy Fiamma.

Angel soon learns that working for Lucy is no picnic. The agent has a blockbuster ego to match her blockbuster success and Angel must juggle both her boss's prima donna demands and the strange quirks of her authors. But Angel soon becomes indispensible to the agency and develops a keen understanding of big projects and the writers who create them.

What she doesn't realize is just how far one of them will go to get published.

One day, a chapter from a mysterious manuscript by an anonymous author arrives at the office. Set in a New York literary agency, the novel, titled Blind Submission, centers on the ambitious assistant to a successful literary agent. Angel is pulled in by the plot—but her initial curiosity soon turns to panic. As the story unfolds—with chapters e-mailed in one by one — it becomes clear that the mystery author is writing the story of Angel's own life, including secrets she thought were deeply hidden. Someone is watching her, even plotting against her. Could it be her backstabbing coworker, her jealous boyfriend, or her seductive new client?

When the novel's plot turns to murder, Angel knows that if she doesn't discover the author's identity before the final chapter is written, more than just her career will be cut short.

Review:

"Memoirist Ginsberg (Waiting; Raising Blaze) gracefully transitions into fiction with a fresh twist on the aggrieved publishing assistant. Angel Robinson is a voracious reader excited to land a job at the prestigious Lucy Fiamma Literary Agency in San Francisco, but she quickly finds herself overwhelmed in the maelstrom of an office. Angel, forever lugging manuscripts home, discovers she has a knack for turning mediocre manuscripts into moneymakers, a talent Lucy handsomely capitalizes on. When an anonymous submission set in a Bay Area literary agency is e-mailed in, Angel begins hammering it into salable shape. At first, the parallels between the manuscript and her life are innocuous enough, but as subsequent chapters appear in her inbox and she corresponds via e-mail with the author (coyly called 'G. A. Novelist'), the story begins to reveal intimate details about Angel's life and to contain thinly veiled threats. Could her foundering writer boyfriend be the culprit? A jealous co-worker? Another of Lucy's clients? A game of e-mail cat and mouse unfolds as Angel continues working on the manuscript and her dragon-lady boss angles to sell it. Though not nail-bitingly suspenseful, the plot is twisty enough to keep readers guessing to the end." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Angel Robinson, an intelligent, beautiful Northern California woman in her 20s, suddenly finds herself out of a job when the independent bookstore where she works goes belly-up. Malcolm, her hunky-enough boyfriend, who works as a waiter while writing his novel, serendipitously finds her what he says must be the perfect job: assistant to the most famous literary agent on the West Coast — Lucy... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[A] cleverly told, genre-bending tale that combines intrigue, romance, a touch of mystery and strong female characters....Book lovers will enjoy Ginsberg's dead-on look at the publishing industry." USA Today

Review:

"The book-within-a-book hook adds a clever twist to this tale of entry-level angst." Library Journal

Review:

"Ginsberg's blithe blend of mystery, romance, and satire is smart, classy, and fun." Booklist

Review:

"Juicy, if superficial and guilty of many of the very tricks it skewers." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"With savvy plotting and writing that hits its stride after the first dozen or so pages, Blind Submission delivers on its promise of a smart, fun ride through the publishing world." San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"Ginsberg may occasionally resort to cliches or echo her mystery novelist's overwrought language, but the industry send-ups are chucklers...Ginsberg makes a lively jump from memoir to fiction with this witty, rollicking ride." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"The prose is cliché-ridden and on the level of a drugstore romance novel; the characters one-dimensional; the sex scenes execrable; and many of the plot twists convenient or unbelievable....A trashy read for those interested in the world of book publishing." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"Wicked fun and suspense from a talented new writer with an original, clever voice." Lisa Scottoline

Review:

"If you've ever considered a career in publishing, read Blind Submission, a 'boss from hell' story that's as funny as it is frightening. It will make you love your job." Harley Jane Kozak, author of Dating Dead Men and Dating Is Murder

Review:

"A wonderful read from start to finish. Ginsberg's writing is clever and seductive as she spins this tale of psychological peril and illumination." T. Jefferson Parker, author of The Fallen

Synopsis:

Angel Robinson lands a job as the assistant to literary agent Lucy Fiamma, and soon discovers that working for Lucy is no picnic, particularly when she's ordered to whip a mysterious manuscript into shape. But when the chapters take a disturbing turn, Angel finds her sanity in danger.

About the Author

Debra Ginsberg is the author of the memoirs Waiting, Raising Blaze, and About My Sisters. This is her first novel. She lives in southern California.

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Rachael, May 24, 2007 (view all comments by Rachael)
Blind Submission is a book that book lovers will adore! At first it did feel a bit like The Devil Wears Prada, but this book was so unique and entertaining that I forgot the comparrison rather quickly. The writing flows beautifully and there is never a dull moment. I loved reading the book within this book along with the main character Angel. I loved the title of the book and the book cover, and the premise hooked me within seconds of reading what it was about. Excellent book and I look foward to more by this wonderful author!
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Indira, December 4, 2006 (view all comments by Indira)
I'm not done with the book yet, so I know this is risky.... But, it has been months since a book has captured me this way. I really thought about calling in sick so I could finish the book! It starts out a bit too "chick lit"-y for me, but quickly (20 pages, maybe) I was hooked on the story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307346049
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Shaye Areheart Books
Author:
Ginsberg, Debra
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary agents
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.32x6.46x1.22 in. 1.46 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Shaye Areheart Books - English 9780307346049 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Memoirist Ginsberg (Waiting; Raising Blaze) gracefully transitions into fiction with a fresh twist on the aggrieved publishing assistant. Angel Robinson is a voracious reader excited to land a job at the prestigious Lucy Fiamma Literary Agency in San Francisco, but she quickly finds herself overwhelmed in the maelstrom of an office. Angel, forever lugging manuscripts home, discovers she has a knack for turning mediocre manuscripts into moneymakers, a talent Lucy handsomely capitalizes on. When an anonymous submission set in a Bay Area literary agency is e-mailed in, Angel begins hammering it into salable shape. At first, the parallels between the manuscript and her life are innocuous enough, but as subsequent chapters appear in her inbox and she corresponds via e-mail with the author (coyly called 'G. A. Novelist'), the story begins to reveal intimate details about Angel's life and to contain thinly veiled threats. Could her foundering writer boyfriend be the culprit? A jealous co-worker? Another of Lucy's clients? A game of e-mail cat and mouse unfolds as Angel continues working on the manuscript and her dragon-lady boss angles to sell it. Though not nail-bitingly suspenseful, the plot is twisty enough to keep readers guessing to the end." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] cleverly told, genre-bending tale that combines intrigue, romance, a touch of mystery and strong female characters....Book lovers will enjoy Ginsberg's dead-on look at the publishing industry."
"Review" by , "The book-within-a-book hook adds a clever twist to this tale of entry-level angst."
"Review" by , "Ginsberg's blithe blend of mystery, romance, and satire is smart, classy, and fun."
"Review" by , "Juicy, if superficial and guilty of many of the very tricks it skewers."
"Review" by , "With savvy plotting and writing that hits its stride after the first dozen or so pages, Blind Submission delivers on its promise of a smart, fun ride through the publishing world."
"Review" by , "Ginsberg may occasionally resort to cliches or echo her mystery novelist's overwrought language, but the industry send-ups are chucklers...Ginsberg makes a lively jump from memoir to fiction with this witty, rollicking ride."
"Review" by , "The prose is cliché-ridden and on the level of a drugstore romance novel; the characters one-dimensional; the sex scenes execrable; and many of the plot twists convenient or unbelievable....A trashy read for those interested in the world of book publishing."
"Review" by , "Wicked fun and suspense from a talented new writer with an original, clever voice."
"Review" by , "If you've ever considered a career in publishing, read Blind Submission, a 'boss from hell' story that's as funny as it is frightening. It will make you love your job."
"Review" by , "A wonderful read from start to finish. Ginsberg's writing is clever and seductive as she spins this tale of psychological peril and illumination."
"Synopsis" by , Angel Robinson lands a job as the assistant to literary agent Lucy Fiamma, and soon discovers that working for Lucy is no picnic, particularly when she's ordered to whip a mysterious manuscript into shape. But when the chapters take a disturbing turn, Angel finds her sanity in danger.

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