"Holly Watson is super-connected, creative, indefatigable and smart. Her network and her persistence paved the way for my book Big Chicken, getting us onto highly influential TV and radio programs and podcasts that I could never have managed on my own, from Fresh Air to Dr. Oz and Science Friday to 1A. She managed a six-month campaign with good humor, energy and flair; she never stopped trying new strategies for getting the book the attention she thought it deserved, and I always felt she was on my side."
-Maryn McKenna, author of Big Chicken, Superbug and Beating Back the Devil
"Holly Watson made all the difference to the success of my book Ten Restaurants that Changed America. Her contacts, as well as her persistence, got me major media interviews, especially in programs not specifically dedicated to food, for example APM's Marketplace. In addition to her unique access and well-organized efforts, Holly pushed the publicists at my publisher, reminding them of leads, tentative arrangements and other pending developments they didn't always catch. Holly was a pleasure to work with and I always felt as if I was the center of her attention. And it was fun."
-Paul Freedman, author of Ten Restaurants That Changed America
"Holly Watson was my publicist for many years while she was at Viking/Penguin. I found her to be a very effective publicist, easy to work with, on top of scheduling details: every author’s dream of an ideal publicist."
-Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World until Yesterday
"Holly is a pleasure to work with. Always professional and responsive, she is an extremely knowledgeable and dedicated publicist who knows how to get results. She is very conscientious and detail-oriented. Holly is a fantastic writer of press materials and pitches. Her knowledge of book publicity is extensive and she has great relationships with all facets of media from reviewers and feature writers to broadcast journalists and online / bloggers. She executes flawless publicity campaigns and ends up with authors loving her. She is terrific and any author would be lucky to have her on their team."
-Louise Braverman, Director of Publicity, Penguin Books / Penguin Classics
"Holly Watson has worked with me on both editions of Getting Things Done, from the original hard cover that came out in 2001 as well as the updated 2015 paperback, and has shown enthusiasm, attention to detail and great organizational skills during the promotion of each book. She helped make GTD a national bestseller in its early days and handled the media campaign for the revised edition with dedication and focus. Her efforts were critical to the book's coverage in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Dr. Oz, and many other media outlets during each publicity campaign; and she successfully coordinated both a national book tour for the first edition, as well as a remote media campaign for the new edition from my new base in the Netherlands."
--David Allen, bestselling author of Getting Things Done and Chairman of the David Allen Company
"Holly is every author's dream publicist! She's creative, supportive, enthusiastic, steady, and wonderful to work with in every way. With her years of experience in the industry, she knows the business of selling books inside and out. She's constantly provided the kind of stability and support an author needs when bringing a book into the world, and I'm deeply grateful to her."
-- Ruth Ozeki, bestselling author of the LA Times Book Award Winner A Tale for the Time Being
"Holly was my publicist at Viking for many years, and was especially instrumental in promoting my novel West of Sunset, about Fitzgerald's time in Hollywood. She knows the territory. Her tireless behind-the-scenes legwork and the amazing dinner she put together at Musso & Frank's with L.A. booksellers helped catapult me onto the L.A. Times bestseller list. I'll always be grateful to her."
-Stewart O'Nan, award winning and bestselling author of West of Sunset, Emily, Alone and many others
"Holly booked me on Diane Rehm's nationally syndicated NPR show three times in a row, for each book that I've published in the US, and also helped coordinate national book tours and review attention for each title. She garnered media for me everywhere from The Wall Street Journal to fantasy websites that wanted to hear more about the connections between Game of Thrones and the actual medieval history of Britain. She left no stone unturned when it came to booking media tours and adeptly managed my book tours in the States. I highly recommend her."
--Dan Jones, historian and bestselling author of The Plantagenets, The Wars of the Roses, and Magna Carta
"Holly Watson was my publicist at Viking Penguin for fifteen years. During that time we promoted a new book together nearly every year, in the course of which we traveled together, set up public readings, book signings and other events, and became close friends. Never once, in all the many hundreds of events Holly set up, did anything ever go amiss, and there were always good crowds at each and every event. This is called a minor miracle. Holly is the very essence of what one would want a publicist to be: precise, optimistic, cheerful, brilliant and persuasive. I owe a large part of my success to her efforts and I look forward to working with her in the future."
-T.C. Boyle, author of Drop City, When the Killing's Done, The Women and many more
"Holly was a life saver when I came to her last minute for a project. Not only did she produce excellent results with an incredibly short turn-around time, but she did so with the utmost professionalism and thoroughness. I can't wait to work with her again."
--Peter Miller, Director of Publicity, Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company
"I found Holly to be incredible: conscientious, positive, driven, & extremely well organized. Although time was of the essence, she listened deeply to everything I hoped to accomplish, and executed a detailed plan without a moment's hesitation. I remain amazed by all Holly has been able to do for my book, and I very much look forward to working with her again in the future."
--Ryan Gatts, author All Involved