almost-real book!

Originally the plan was for me to revise Midnight Never Come in October, copy-edit it in November, page-proof it in December, and then they’d print ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) in January.

Then I got that “hey, could you revise this sooner?” request in September. Turns out that was because they wanted to print ARCs in November.

(This, incidentally, meant copy-editing would be pushed back to January. Or so I was told. Until three hours later, when I was told that no, the freelancer who does that work was available, so we’d be doing it on November after all.)

Anyway, you may have noticed that today is still October. So, oddly enough, was yesterday — the day a box full o’ ARCs hit my doorstep.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! Booksiesbooksiesbooksiesbooksies!!!!!!!!!!


I held off on posting about it until I could surprise a few people who needed to be surprised with the ARCs I was giving them (the last of those being tooth_and_claw, but I’m not shipping it to Italy when you’re coming back here before too terribly much longer). I have more I need to send out, of course, but those people already know they’re coming.

I’m going to be curious to see how this ARC ends up comparing to the real book. Remember, we haven’t copy-edited the thing yet; it’s printed straight from the manuscript I sent my editor, but typeset like a real book. Only I’m not sure whether that will end up being the real typesetting, or whether it’s just something temporary they threw together while the final typesetting gets worked out. The cover, though, isn’t just full-color (something they don’t always do for ARCs) — it’s the full-blown really real cover, with the foil for the title and the spot gloss. Even color ARC covers often lack the special effects the finished deal will have (the title on the Warrior and Witch ARC, for example, isn’t embossed).

So it looks almost exactly like a real book, except for the big white notes saying it’s an advance copy of yadda yadda and here’s how it’s being promoted.

June is so terribly far away . . . .

0 Responses to “almost-real book!”

  1. ninja_turbo

    Hurray Real Bookses!

  2. moonandserpent

    Any chance I could see how the divination scene turned out?

    And horray! Bookez!

  3. danielmc

    so one asks nicely to see one?

    ::bats kitty lashes::

  4. mastergode

    That’s so awesome. I think that ARCs are so cool, because they’re like… I don’t know. They spark the voyeur in me, because it’s like seeing a book naked.

    I acknowledge that this was a strange comment.

  5. brigidsblest

    Man, I want this book so badly it hurts. The Fae are my bread and butter, so to speak. June can’t get here nearly fast enough.

    BTW, I just finished reading (finally) Doppelganger, and am moving on to Warrior and Witch. Wonderful story, wonderfully told!

  6. sora_blue

    They gave the ARC the real cover? Fantastic! That’s got to mean they believe in the book, right? 🙂

  7. tezmilleroz

    So what do us mere mortals have to do to get our mitts (clean, I promise!) on an ARC? Or any other Marie Brennan freebie? Come on, lass, they’re not on shelf in the shops I visit (in Australia) 😉

    Have a lovely day! 🙂

    • Marie Brennan

      Och. Well, Australia does make it harder.

      I’ll probably be doing a variety of promotional-type-thingies, though, so if you hang around for long enough, I’m sure you’ll get a chance.

      (Little teaser, in fact — I don’t suppose you have any drawing skills? Or a knack for web design?)

  8. sapphohestia

    Man, I wish I lived in IN right now!

  9. tooth_and_claw


    Are you *sure* you won’t send it? because I’ve run out of reading material, and everyone else gets shiny packages . . .


  10. unforth

    Booksies!!! 🙂
    Awesome. 😉

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