“Jocelyn Kelley was fantastic in working as a publicist for me when Still Alice was self-published, and her tenacious/smart efforts led directly to press that led me to an agent and then a publisher. She is completely worth the investment. I have absolutely no reservations recommending her.” –Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice
“I have loved working with you and I fully plan to contact you whenI have finished my third Edwina mystery. I am so pleased that Kelley & Hall put the book on the map!
–Elissa Grodin, author of Death By Hitchcock
The following is a quote from Brunonia Barry in an interview with Amy Andrews from Absolute Write. Brunonia hired Kelley and Hall to promote her self-published novel, The Lace Reader (Flapjacket Press, July 2007). Our publicity for this novel was so successful that Brunonia succeeded in selling her debut novel to William Morrow for more than seven figures.
Amy Andrews: You have experience coordinating promotional campaigns for Second City, Ivanhoe, and Studebaker theaters—what made you decide to work with a book publicity firm for The Lace Reader? What qualities or criteria did you rely on to make your decision?
Brunonia Barry: Well, first of all, my PR experience was many years ago, so things have changed. Also, I think it’s difficult for a writer to do his or her own publicity. Everyone believes that The New York Times should review their book, but we all know that it’s not likely. I think people working for an agency not only have better contacts, but they can be more objective about the promotional angles of your book. They also give you more credibility in the industry. It was important to me to have an agency that understood and really liked my book. That might sound ridiculous, but it is not always the case. They need to be able to maintain that enthusiasm.
“If you haven’t been patting yourselves on the back…you certainly should…thank you all so much…We love you guys!”
—Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader
“Just wanted to follow up on our meeting last week, but first I wanted to profusely thank Jocelyn for not only getting the Publishers Weekly review for us in time to update the cover (very, very important!) but for her exuberant commitment to do so. Very inspiring. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
—Gary Ward, Flapjacket Press, original publisher of Brunonia Barry’s self-published book, The Lace Reader
“Working with Kelley & Hall on the publication of my novel Still Summer was both a personal pleasure and a professional delight. It was the first time that I had employed an ‘outside’ publicist and could not have been more pleasantly surprised. They helped to secure major magazine essay assignments to coincide with publication and reviews for the novel, were wise in the ways of social marketing, cooperated beautifully with the publicists at Warner Books/Grand Central and maintained an atmosphere of cheer and optimism throughout. Their ideas for promotion and ‘new angles’ were fabulous. Whether you are a beginning writer or a seasoned professional, I would not hesitate to recommend Kelley and Hall’s energetic professionals as part of your publication team.”
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times best-selling author
“Kelley and Hall were professional, tenacious, and enthusiastic champions of my book. In the short time we worked together, Still Alice was featured in major newspapers, on radio and television, and in many Amazon reviews. I was still vibrating from all the buzz when, less than a month later, I signed with a literary agent, and this self-published title sold at auction to Simon & Schuster!”
—Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice
“Kelley and Hall are the first publicists I have ever hired. With the success of The First Patient, they have made a worthwhile difference. They worked well with the publicist and marketing people from St. Martin’s Press, and also established a significant on-line presence for me on Myspace and Facebook, as well as other sites, which I know translated into book sales. I will almost certainly be using them again when Second Opinion is on the launching pad.”
—Michael Palmer, New York Times best-selling author
“Kelley and Hall takes the fundamentals of book publicity to an exciting new level with their no-nonsense approach to expertly showcasing their clients’ strongest attributes. As they strategically obtain media exposure so critical to boosting book sales, they are constantly able to deliver what the client wants and then some. Through savvy internet marketing proposals and interviews in the most sought-after publications, it makes perfect sense that their firm is the one that has everyone talking! Fresh, innovative, and driven to succeed…K&H is the one to watch.”
—Jennifer Vido, book reviewer and author www.jennifervido.com and www.freshfiction.com
“I loved working with Kelley and Hall. Jocelyn worked 24/7 on my behalf, and was a pure joy to work with.”
—-Brenda Janowitz, author of Scot on the Rocks and Jack with a Twist