A publicist is a person whose job is to generate and manage publicity for a public figure, especially a celebrity, a business, or for a work such as a book or film. Publicists usually work at large companies handling multiple clients. See more at Publicity.
In the world of celebrities, unlike agents or managers, publicists typically take a flat monthly fee for servicing a client (whereas agents and managers tend to take a percentage of their client's gross income). Base rates in Hollywood in 2007 for mid to high-level publicists are reportedly in the $3,000 - $50,000 USD per month, per client.
An older meaning of the term is closer to pamphleteer: someone who circulates ideas by publishing them, perhaps in ephemeral forms.
Some publicists specialise in representing 'ordinary' members of the public to achieve them the maximum possible fee for stories they wish to sell to newspapers, television stations and magazines.
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