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Natalie Obando-Desai

Natalie Obando-Desai - Publicist

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Literary publicity, marketing & publishing professional. I build websites, social media platforms and guarantee media coverage.

Overview

I'm a publicity, marketing and publishing professional with nearly a decade's worth of experience in the literary PR arena. I build author platforms and garner publicity for their work via innovative campaigns and also build all the necessities that they need in today's competitive market including websites and social media platforms tailored to their target readers. I also help authors self-publish and traditionally publish their books.

I graduated with a BA in Journalism, an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor concentration in Creative Writing. I started working in the literary PR industry in 2008 and my love for books and PR turned into the career of my dreams as a literary publicist. I've been a panelist and speaker at some of the most well-regarded literary conferences in the industry including the San Francisco Writers Conference, The West Coast Writers Conference and the Central Coast Writers Conference. I am also a judge for several book awards including the highly sought Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publisher’s Association.

I work with almost all genres so please contact me even if your genre isn't listed below.

Services
Fiction
African American fiction Cultural & Ethnic Themes Dystopian Fantasy Historical Fiction LGBTQ Literature Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Entertainment Sex & Relationships

Work experience

Director of Publicity

Self-employed
October, 2014 – Present (about 3 years)

I provide a full range of book publicity and marketing services for authors. From building online platforms such as websites and social media platforms, to setting up book/reading/signing events and media interviews/ reviews. My clients have been featured on a variety of media outlets including The Los Angels Times, CNN, MSNBC, TODAY, Playboy Radio, The Huffington Post and a variety of other national, regional and local media outlets.

For authors looking to self-publish, I can help you set up all of your online seller platforms as well as help you launch your book so that it mirrors that of a traditionally published book launch.

Projects

Restless In L.A.

This contemporary romance novel was just another Chic-Lit read until we uncovered and pitched the story behind the author-- an everyday mom that found solace in her writing. She launched her book at Amazon's top book in her genre, becoming an Amazon bestselling author. Take a look at just some of the coverage we were able to garner as well as some of the promotional material we developed.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

What Does the Tooth Fairy Do with Our Teeth?

Denise Barry

What does the Tooth Fairy do with our teeth? What a good question and one clever kids have been asking for ages! Until now, there has never been an answer that comes close to revealing just how playful, creative and clumsy the Tooth Fairy can be! Oh, and let's not forget naughty. Yes, the Tooth Fairy can be a little naughty sometimes too. Just ask the moon!Take a sneaky peek inside the Tooth F... read more

What does the Tooth Fairy do with our teeth? What a good question and one clever kids have been asking for ages! Until now, there has never been an answer that comes close to revealing just how playful, creative and clumsy the Tooth Fairy can be! Oh, and let's not forget naughty. Yes, the Tooth Fairy can be a little naughty sometimes too. Just ask the moon!Take a sneaky peek inside the Tooth F... read more

The Saga of Lyn: The Reawakening

Aric C Carter

The Saga of Lyn - The Reawakening is a compelling tale of a simple man's adventures as he seeks justice for the murder of his wife and daughter, only to find that his entire world is threatened. When a mysterious visitor destroys jovial Tegain Hostler's tavern, killing his beloved wife and daughter, Tegain is devastated. Not knowing how to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, he turns to ... read more

The Saga of Lyn - The Reawakening is a compelling tale of a simple man's adventures as he seeks justice for the murder of his wife and daughter, only to find that his entire world is threatened. When a mysterious visitor destroys jovial Tegain Hostler's tavern, killing his beloved wife and daughter, Tegain is devastated. Not knowing how to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, he turns to ... read more

The Reluctant Copilot

Kelly Durham

Bob Foster is the pilot of a 10-man B-17 crew--until suddenly he isn’t anymore! In a public relations maneuver, Lt. Harmon Roberts III, son of a US Senator, takes over Foster’s crew and Foster becomes his reluctant copilot. Roberts is just what the public affairs office needs: a handsome, articulate and well-connected pilot they can publicize to counter the heavy losses being suffered by the 8... read more

Bob Foster is the pilot of a 10-man B-17 crew--until suddenly he isn’t anymore! In a public relations maneuver, Lt. Harmon Roberts III, son of a US Senator, takes over Foster’s crew and Foster becomes his reluctant copilot. Roberts is just what the public affairs office needs: a handsome, articulate and well-connected pilot they can publicize to counter the heavy losses being suffered by the 8... read more

Getting Back on Top: The Uncensored Guide to Sex, Dating and Relationships After Divorce

Ian Oliver

----------------------------------#1 Amazon Bestseller!! ----------------------------------Are you divorced and not sure how to date again?Want to find love in 2015?In Getting Back on Top: The Uncensored Guide to Sex, Dating and Relationships After Divorce, author Ian Oliver offers readers an intimate, entertaining, and easy to follow guide, giving tried and tested dating advice from someone w... read more

----------------------------------#1 Amazon Bestseller!! ----------------------------------Are you divorced and not sure how to date again?Want to find love in 2015?In Getting Back on Top: The Uncensored Guide to Sex, Dating and Relationships After Divorce, author Ian Oliver offers readers an intimate, entertaining, and easy to follow guide, giving tried and tested dating advice from someone w... read more

The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season (HBI Series on Jewish Women)

Marcia Falk

Winner of the Spirituality & Practice's Spiritual Book of the Year (2014)The Jewish High Holidays—the ten days beginning with the New Year Festival of Rosh Hashanah and culminating with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement—constitute the most sacred period of the Jewish year. During this season, religious as well as nonaffiliated Jews attend synagogue services in unparalleled numbers. Yet much of ... read more

Winner of the Spirituality & Practice's Spiritual Book of the Year (2014)The Jewish High Holidays—the ten days beginning with the New Year Festival of Rosh Hashanah and culminating with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement—constitute the most sacred period of the Jewish year. During this season, religious as well as nonaffiliated Jews attend synagogue services in unparalleled numbers. Yet much of ... read more

The Movie Star and Me (Frank Russell-Pacific Pictures) (Volume 1)

Kelly Durham

Frank Russell is a star-struck young Army veteran when he stumbles into a job at Pacific Pictures studios in Hollywood. Frank, just back from the war in the Pacific, immediately runs into the studio’s biggest stars, including the beautiful, ambitious Vera Vance—and gets off on the wrong foot! But when Frank demonstrates his leadership abilities to studio founder Abe Baum, relationships change ... read more

Frank Russell is a star-struck young Army veteran when he stumbles into a job at Pacific Pictures studios in Hollywood. Frank, just back from the war in the Pacific, immediately runs into the studio’s biggest stars, including the beautiful, ambitious Vera Vance—and gets off on the wrong foot! But when Frank demonstrates his leadership abilities to studio founder Abe Baum, relationships change ... read more

The Far Shore

Paul T Scheuring

Stuck in a dead-end job, single, and discontented, Lily receives a most unexpected visitor: an “heir finder” who informs her she is the sole beneficiary to an unclaimed fortune—$16 million left behind by a grandfather she never met. The boon comes with a caveat: the money can only be claimed if the remains of her grandfather—a man who went missing in action in World War Two—are located and he’... read more

Stuck in a dead-end job, single, and discontented, Lily receives a most unexpected visitor: an “heir finder” who informs her she is the sole beneficiary to an unclaimed fortune—$16 million left behind by a grandfather she never met. The boon comes with a caveat: the money can only be claimed if the remains of her grandfather—a man who went missing in action in World War Two—are located and he’... read more

Restless in L.A.

Robin Finn

It was an innocent online flirtation. Until it wasn’t… Alexandra Hoffman thinks she has it all together. She lives with her work-obsessed husband Jason and their three challenging children in upscale Los Angeles. She never meant to “friend” her old boyfriend, Matt Daniels. She hasn’t seen him in twenty years. But as Alex’s fortieth birthday approaches, she finds herself re-connecting with Matt... read more

It was an innocent online flirtation. Until it wasn’t… Alexandra Hoffman thinks she has it all together. She lives with her work-obsessed husband Jason and their three challenging children in upscale Los Angeles. She never meant to “friend” her old boyfriend, Matt Daniels. She hasn’t seen him in twenty years. But as Alex’s fortieth birthday approaches, she finds herself re-connecting with Matt... read more

Beyond the Screen Door

Julia Diana Robertson

There are dark secrets hidden behind closed doors in the small Washington State town of Hoquiam, and the neighborhood has been content to keep those secrets hidden. It's the summer of 1945 and seven-year-old Nora Lee Sutter hasn't spoken in days. A spirit has asked her to deliver a terrifying message. The warning is ignored and the tragic events that follow push the quiet girl further into iso... read more

There are dark secrets hidden behind closed doors in the small Washington State town of Hoquiam, and the neighborhood has been content to keep those secrets hidden. It's the summer of 1945 and seven-year-old Nora Lee Sutter hasn't spoken in days. A spirit has asked her to deliver a terrifying message. The warning is ignored and the tragic events that follow push the quiet girl further into iso... read more

Contract City

Mark Falkin

The year is 2021 and the money is still green. The fully privatized city of Tulsa, OK, is home to Sara Paige Christie, a teenage girl with her heart set on a film career in L.A. and her camera trained on the graffiti-covered walls of the city’s outskirts. In pursuit of a documentary subject that might propel her from college hopeful to film school admittee at USC, Sara has focused her ambition... read more

The year is 2021 and the money is still green. The fully privatized city of Tulsa, OK, is home to Sara Paige Christie, a teenage girl with her heart set on a film career in L.A. and her camera trained on the graffiti-covered walls of the city’s outskirts. In pursuit of a documentary subject that might propel her from college hopeful to film school admittee at USC, Sara has focused her ambition... read more

A Pinch of Ooh La La

Renee Swindle

To get to happily ever after, sometimes you need to start from scratch.... Abbey Ross, who runs her own bakery in Oakland, California, is known for her visually stunning wedding cakes. But lately, Abbey’s own love life has become stale. According to her best friend, Bendrix, Abbey’s not the spontaneous young woman she was when they were teenagers listening to the Cure and creating attention-gr... read more

To get to happily ever after, sometimes you need to start from scratch.... Abbey Ross, who runs her own bakery in Oakland, California, is known for her visually stunning wedding cakes. But lately, Abbey’s own love life has become stale. According to her best friend, Bendrix, Abbey’s not the spontaneous young woman she was when they were teenagers listening to the Cure and creating attention-gr... read more

DETOUR: Hollywood: How To Direct a Microbudget Film (or any film, for that matter)

William Dickerson

In "DETOUR: Hollywood," Dickerson puts the making of his "Underground Hit," Detour, on display for all to see. He will teach you what you really need to know about making a microbudget film, or a film of any budget for that matter, from the nuts and bolts of directing, to getting your movie made and out into the world, including:The Director as the sole defense for the storyUnderstanding the t... read more

In "DETOUR: Hollywood," Dickerson puts the making of his "Underground Hit," Detour, on display for all to see. He will teach you what you really need to know about making a microbudget film, or a film of any budget for that matter, from the nuts and bolts of directing, to getting your movie made and out into the world, including:The Director as the sole defense for the storyUnderstanding the t... read more

Even You

Marilyn Oser

Impetuous is not a word you’d use to describe Claire Bramany. But when an accident in Brooklyn in 1995 takes the life of her lover, Jessie Friedman, Claire’s world implodes. While cleaning out Jessie’s desk, Claire finds journals that tell long-buried secrets of Jessie’s western girlhood. Jessie’s account of Tulsa in 1944 appears innocent and playful, at first. Jessie’s days are peopled with q... read more

Impetuous is not a word you’d use to describe Claire Bramany. But when an accident in Brooklyn in 1995 takes the life of her lover, Jessie Friedman, Claire’s world implodes. While cleaning out Jessie’s desk, Claire finds journals that tell long-buried secrets of Jessie’s western girlhood. Jessie’s account of Tulsa in 1944 appears innocent and playful, at first. Jessie’s days are peopled with q... read more

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