Blind Submission

Blind Submission

by Debra Ginsberg

I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg

There is a new class of fiction which has sprung up; the author of this book calls it Assistant Lit. I read this book the week I saw The Devil Wears Prada, and comparisons are unavoidable. It’s set in a small but successful publishing house in San Francisco, run by the world’s worst boss, Lucy Fiamma. She’s demanding, irrational, petty, a tyrant, and dresses like a lunatic. Her newest victim-assistant is Angel, a book lover who has no idea what’s she’s in for. Blind Submission refers to the mystery book submitted by email that starts to mirror Angel’s life. Who’s writing it? And why? The writing is wickedly funny, and sometimes just mean — which I liked — I also loved the long, bizarre and often accidental journeys the writers in this had to take in order to get on the shelf. Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg.

Set in the world of book publishing, this novel features the world’s most evil boss, Lucy Fiamma. After reading what she puts her new assistant Angel through, you will realize how good you have it, no matter who you work for. ¬†Angel is also saddled with a writer boyfriend, which is usually shorthand for insecure and unemployed. I loved the submissions for publication that Angel has to go through, from writers of wildly different ability. It’s Angels’ job to spot the winners, and I tried to do the same. Blind Submission refers to chapters of a novel that come in by email and start to get creepily close to Angel’s real life. As she tries to figure out who is stalking her, Angel starts to trust her own talents, and finally gets the nerve to stand up to ¬†both the boyfriend and the boss. Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Take Five, XM155.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg.

You only think you’ve had a bad boss. Lucy Fiamma, of Fiamma Book Publishing — now, she’s bad. She’s nosy, petty, jealous, deceitful, demanding, and that’s before breakfast. Angel is her new assistant, and she has to deal with unhelpful co workers, an 18-hour day, a morose unpublished writer boyfriend, and what to do about the sexy Italian ex-heroin addict and great writer who keeps sending gifts? Blind Submission also has a mystery which I did not figure out, a novel that comes in by chapters through email which seems to be the story of Angel’s life. Is someone stalking her? Going through mountains of submissions only to have your boss take credit for the occasional winner may seem glamorous, but this funny, smart book makes me think publishing is a little more like sausage making than I realized. I’m glad I’m on the reviewing side! Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


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