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ARC party!

Posted on June 19th, 2009 by annakjarzab

ARC party (n.) – The party one throws oneself when one’s Advanced Reader Copies arrive. Involves dorky dancing and photo taking and massive smiles. Varies by author.

Look what I got in the mail today!


Okay, granted, I took this picture with my friend’s point-and-shoot camera in not-so-great lighting, so it’s a little washed out, but in real life they are the most gorgeous creatures I have ever beheld (am I being melodramatic enough about this yet?).

Many have asked me what I plan to do with these ARCs. Well, I plan to keep one. I plan to send one home with my dad next week (he’ll be in town for a business meeting and is taking me out to dinner, w00t!) for my family to have. I plan to send one circulating amongst the Tenners, because that’s how we do. One has been handed over to the wonderful people in my office, some of whom read the book in (a now outdated) manuscript, but most of whom didn’t and still want to. That leaves three. Three beeeeeeeeautiful ARCs.

Which means at least one of them will be given away. RIGHT ON THIS VERY SITE YOU ARE NOW VISITING (or maybe you’re reading this post in Google Reader, I know that’s a possibility). That day is not today, but it will be very, very soon, I promise. Let me repeat: this is not a giveaway post. Howevs. I won’t do one of those very complicated, requires-advanced-calculus-type giveaways where you get one point for this and forty-seven points for that, et cetera. Because I hear judging those is a very lengthy process and frankly I’m awful at math. So I have to come up with something easier. I will do that as soon as possible.

The ARCs are getting a lot of my attention right now, but actually I got some other stuff in the package also. I got two jacket flaps, for instance.


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They are GORGEOUS. The ARCs are not shiny, but the cover will be matte gloss, which is new terminology for me, but basically it means glossy in some parts and not in others (Cyn Balog‘s debut, FAIRY TALE, which comes out next week, is a good example of a matte gloss cover–the wings are glossy but the black background is not–and is actually the one my editor used to demonstrate to me what that means, because Cyn’s another Delacorte author and she had a copy on hand). The photo on the finished copies of AUT will be glossy.

And as you can see, they carried my favorite squiggly brackets over onto the spine. Love that. The jacket also tells me who took the photo (a very talented woman named Eva Kolenko) and who created the design (a very talented Random House cover designer named Angela Carlino). Thank you so much, ladies, for this cover! I’m really lucky.

I also got a copy of the RHCB spring 2010 catalog. AUT has its own page, which may or may not contain the sentence “A dark, atmospheric thriller that’s an unputdownable debut.” I don’t know, maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t.

7 Responses to “ARC party!”

TheCompulsiveReader on June 19th, 2009 at 11:34 pm Said:

That’s AWESOME! Congrats!

Alberto Lung on June 19th, 2009 at 11:45 pm Said:

Awsome can’t wait to win that ARC! (that’s how determinate i am)

Reverie Books Reviews on June 20th, 2009 at 12:09 am Said:

GORGEOUS!!! I love how the photo carries over into the back. Gorgeous GORGEOUS!

Kate at Read This Book! on June 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm Said:

Awesome! I read the synopsis and now I am totally pining for this book! =) Wow it sounds like a fantastic mystery story.

courtney on June 22nd, 2009 at 5:41 pm Said:


Those are gorgeous, just absolutely gorgeous. And I can’t freaking wait for your book. Dammit. The 1/10 ON IT’S SPINE HAUNTS ME, ANNA.


Shannel on June 22nd, 2009 at 9:22 pm Said:

Wow the cover looks amazing!! I love the “entirely in the suburbs” author bio. I’ll email you my addy, so when I win no time is wasted in getting that ARC into my mailbox — Mr. Alberto Lung stand back. 😉

P.S. I’ll dorky dance in celebratory solidarity on the west coast.

Kim on June 26th, 2009 at 7:12 am Said:

Can we have an actual ARC party when I get there? I even bought a special dress just for the occassion. (Okay, not really…but I did get a new dress.)

PS – this is me reading your blog. And commenting. So…there.

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