It is a truth universally acknowledged that writers often express mixed feelings about publicists--their own, and others'. (If you're reading this, Cheryl, I love you. I honestly truly do!)
Yesterday, Marci Alboher of NYTimes blog Shifting Careers fame posted an excellent list of "Do's" and "Don'ts" for publicists--aka other authors' publicists--who seek her attention. Marci is my hero. It's really a very good list.
(Note: Marci's post is inspired by Wired magazine editor and book author Chris Anderson's, which has inspired much ado. You see, Anderson very publicly published a list of e-mail addresses of publicists he never wants to hear from again.)