So, I got this...


And trust me when I say it’s even more gorgeous in person than it is in the picture!!!

But here’s the deal with ARCs (or Advance Reader Copies)...I sorta have mixed feelings about them.

On the one hand, I love them. I mean, when I open the box and see my manuscript all dressed up in gorgeous book form for the first time, I can hardly contain myself! I want to jump up and down, and weep tears of joy, and celebrate by throwing glitter in the streets--all at the same time! Seriously, getting ARCs is one of those moments in the publishing process that is almost surreal!     

Yet on the other hand, there’s another part of me that sort of hates them. You see, ARCs are unfinished versions of a book. Unfinished, meaning it’s been copyedited, but I still haven’t made that final, absolute, very last sweep through it to make all the changes I want to make.  For some writers, that pass may mean only 10 or 20 (or even 50) changes before they feel it’s really, really done. 
For me, it’s usually more. A lot, LOT more... 

Like up to 250 more wording tweaks, sentence changes, and even some flat out scene rewriting. This pass is almost an obsession for me, in which I become preoccupied over every single word choice, every comma, every transition from one scene to the next...I mean, this is my last chance to make any possible changes before it goes to press, after all!  And knowing that this advance version (as pretty as it may seem) actually goes out to early readers and reviewers as-is...well, it makes me just a tad twitchy.  Okay, more than just a tad.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m SUPER EXCITED for this book (this very real and beautiful book!) to start making its way out there!  And yes, I realize that reviewers know that these ARCs are not the final versions...but is it so crazy to want EVERYONE to read the best possible version??? Okay, yes, it probably is. 

Is it even more crazy that I might actually sleep with this ARC tucked under my pillow tonight??? You betcha! 

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Published on June 19, 2012 11:24 • 456 views
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message 1: by Joti (new)

Joti OMG SEXY COVER!!! CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT!!!! LOOKS GORGEOUS!!


message 2: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Derting Joti wrote: "OMG SEXY COVER!!! CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT!!!! LOOKS GORGEOUS!!"

Thanks Joti! And, oh my gosh, why do my blog posts look so smooshed over here on Goodreads??? *grumbles*


message 3: by Renee (new)

Renee Sherman Your writing is great don't stress... I love the cover=} your arc copy's are just as great as the final version!!!


message 4: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Derting Renee wrote: "Your writing is great don't stress... I love the cover=} your arc copy's are just as great as the final version!!!"

Aw, thanks Renee :)


message 5: by Bella (new)

Bella Grace GAH! Too good! I want a copy soooo bad! :(


message 6: by Crystal (new)

Crystal I recently had dinner with an author who said that she hated the box of ARCs she had just received and didn't want to give them out because of the typos, etc. I would have been OK with the typos lol :)


message 7: by Megan (new)

Megan "I want to jump up and down, and weep tears of joy, and celebrate by throwing glitter in the streets--all at the same time!"
OK heres the deal. You just made my day.
Seriously though... I can't wait for the book to come out and I don't think you should fret over the book... If I could only read the unfinished manuscript right now, I think I would be the happiest person. So seriously don't stress... nomatter what we will all LOVE IT!!!


message 8: by Barbie (last edited Jun 20, 2012 07:28PM) (new)

Barbie I just hate I have to wait so long to read it!!!!!!


message 9: by Molly (new)

Molly Lee Oh that cover is stunning! I'm so excited! And I don't think it is crazy that you want the best possible version getting to everyone because as writers our books are pieces and reflections of ourselves. But since you wrote it I know that this ARC is amazing and beautifully written and so will be the final version :)


message 10: by Deeann (new)

Deeann Murphy Absolutely gorgeous !!! You are awesome and I promise I will love it no matter what !!!


message 11: by Rahel (new)

Rahel Abraham the cover is amaaaaaaazing and i like your nails ;)


message 12: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Derting You guys are all so amazingly awesome! Thanks for the awesome support!!!


message 13: by Sarita (new)

Sarita Lopez O.M.G!! That cover is AMAZING!!


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