Author Archives: Marlena Bittner

On the Road with Eowyn Ivey

Last weekend I went to Denver for a fantastic event that Tattered Cover hosts once a year: Writers Respond to Readers.  The program brings four writers together for a day of readings, book discussions, and general merriment, with an audience of seriously dedicated book fans.  This audience!  I could talk about them for days.  They […]

Pitches and Noes

There is no shortage of reports on how bad book publicists are. The thrust of most of these essays is this: in-house publicists will do a crappy job on your book.  They won’t take your call for more than a few weeks, they don’t have the time or inclination to listen to your ideas, and […]

Vacation, here I come!

I have about ten books I’m hoping to start or finish over the holidays. But since that’s unreasonable and blog readers don’t have that sort of attention span, here are the top five non-RAB books that I’m looking forward to reading: 1. Tana French’s IN THE WOODS. Our own beloved Emma Rathbone suggested this one […]

What is totally fantastic, Alex?

With Gossip Girl under his belt, Joshua Ferris has developed a taste for TV. Friday’s Double Jeopardy $2000 answer: When he shows up in an Episode of Yo Gabba Gabba, we’ll know he’s gone too far.

All I Want For Christmas

1.  To travel around the world in 108 days on the Queen Elizabeth with my sisters and my cousin on a “let’s skip out on life for a third of the year” type vacation.  We would require the $77,000 suite, obviously. 2.  To find the perfect brown flat boots that will come up to my […]

You know you love it

Well, what do we have here? Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End made a totally scandalous appearance in Gossip Girl last night.

The Glamorous Life

Hot on the heels of Kathleen Kent’s perspective on reading for an audience, I wanted to add my two cents about touring. I spent the last week on the road with an author, let’s call him Ted, who was out promoting his latest title—we hit Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas before returning to New […]

Bragging Time!

Has everyone seen the latest reasons for us to do a little embarrassing dance around the office? Did you know that Tina Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for Humor last night? Well, she was! We cannot wait to publish her first book, Bossypants, in April, 2011. If the bordering-on-absurd number of excited emails […]

Green Room

As part of my ongoing campaign to convince the world that a book publicity job is fabulous all the time and never ever about spitting out half-masticated food so that you can answer the phone before it goes to voicemail—let’s talk about green rooms. Oh, how I love a green room! Never is food more […]


Hi there! I’m Marlena, the publicist for Reagan Arthur Books.  I’ll be writing here with some regularity going forward, so I’m sure you’ll be tired of me soon enough. When you have a job that people outside of the industry quite literally don’t know even exists (“Authors have publicists?? Huh. Who knew?”), you spend a […]