I have an ARC!! I do! Or really what I like to call a pre-ARC. I call it a pre-ARC because as my editor explained, these are more like colour photocopies. They are making prettier ones in a few weeks where I will get many more to send off as I please, but right now they are trying to get them out to as many people as possible so they wanted to get the show on the road. Still I mean, it looks very much like other ARCs I've seen out there, like a soft cover book, so I can't imagine what more they are planning on doing with it.
But who cares?! I think it is absolutely gorgeous and I can't really believe I have a book! I mean it looks like a book! Like bound and stuff! My favourite part? The spine! Sounds silly maybe, but think about it, aside from the cover, it's the bit you look at most because when it is shelved next to other books, that's all you see. I love my spine!
Okay now for the story of the pre-ARC. I get a call yesterday morning from my mom to tell me it arrived. But my poor mom! My dad's out for the day so she's all alone, no one to hug or jump up and down with, so she's a teeny bit giddy on the phone. And when she brings it over to my place, she just refuses to leave and sort of just keeps smiling at me. It's very sweet.
Then I spend all day in my apartment doing whatever, and wherever I go I take my pre-ARC with me. A bit like a teddy bear or blanky.
Then I go meet the lovely Lesley for drinks, and I so have to bring my pre-ARC with me. We order and I show her and we get all giddy about it. And then the waitress comes back and I just have to show her. So I do! And then she gets all giddy! We notice how her hair is cut a lot like Alex on my cover. Then she goes off and Lesley reads the first chapter of the book. When the waitress comes back she tells us that she told the bartender who got all excited and that the next round is on them! So sweet and seriously unexpected! We chat more with her, her name is Kerry (and I am spelling this right 'cause we had a long talk about the spelling, how she was named after the County Kerry in Ireland, Lesley pointed out it was a good thing she wasn't named after the County Cork), and she is just as excited as we are.
And then I go home and read some of my book on the subway. I was hoping someone would come up and ask, "Ooh interesting looking book, what's it about?" so I could say, "Oh, you know, pirates. And see this? That's my name, I wrote it!" But alas no one did.
Finally I go to bed, and pick up Lottery to read more (which is so awesome and you will get a full review anon), but my book is right next to me in bed still.
And now it is here, looking up at me from my desk as I write this. My happy little pre-ARC. I think I'll call him Ted.