As many of you know, over the past few years I’ve expanded the reach of my business model beyond traditional book publishing since most of the big publishers these days are focused mostly on acquiring books by sure-bet authors with high public profiles, meaning that a lot of important new voices simply aren’t getting heard. The reality is that some of the great books I edited at Dutton two decades ago or sold to Random House or Penguin a decade ago wouldn’t be published by these publishers today. But there’s another reality that is somewhat obvious and very cool, and that is that we don’t always need these traditional publishers to publish successfully. Indeed, with so many smart self-publishing production and distribution services available now and so many talented freelance editors and marketing folks eager to work on anything that excites them, authors, or authors in conjunction with their savvy agents, can release their work to the world with professionalism, creativity, and just good basic positive energy.
So from time to time, I’m going to toss on my publisher’s cap, and I think it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun, especially when the first thing I’m releasing as a publisher is a fast-paced novel involving presidential politics, a subject that anyone who knows me knows is near and dear to my political-junkie heart.
What Makes It Worthy, by political journalist David Paul Kuhn, is perhaps the most accurate depiction yet written about how the relationship between the media and the modern presidential campaign shapes American politics. Bestselling novelist Matthew Thomas calls David’s novel “captivating…part case study, part postmortem, and part love letter to political intrigue,” while novelist Lynn Lauber calls it “a Primary Colors for this generation.”
It’s the story of Taylor Solomon, a rising star at America’s fastest-growing political media machine, and Cait Ellis, a young New York Times reporter who wrestles with the shadow of her legendary mother. Both cover the latest presidential contest, a historic campaign. The Republican, who hails from one of America’s power clans and has long been in the national spotlight, seeks to become the first female president. Her Democratic opponent, a State Department veteran setting the election afire with populism, hopes to make his own history as the first Hispanic president. On the campaign trail, as ethics gray and events envelop politicians, operatives, and reporters—as Cait and Taylor struggle with how much distance must be accepted between their ideals and their choices—the political not only becomes personal, but also threatens to upend their lives as well as the presidential campaign itself.
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm calls the novel “a heartfelt page-turner that proves a good novel can both entertain you and inform you,” and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman says it is both “a love story and an exposé on modern American campaigns.”
Please take a look at David’s novel on Amazon and if compelled, order it, especially today since today is its official release date and Amazon will be tracking sales momentum. If you’re interested in learning more about David, please check out his website: www.davidpaulkuhn.com.