HOLY COW!!! HOLY COW!!! HOLY COW!!! HOLY COW!!! HOLY COW!!!
I was sitting in a training workshop today when the office doorbell rang, and one of my coworkers came in and handed me a mystery package. I was perplexed! The only package I am expecting from Amazon.com is a Europe-American plug adaptor for my trip abroad, and that package will be significantly smaller than what was plopped onto my lap. What could it be?? Well, I’ll tell you folks…
…It was an advanced reading copy (ARC) of Robin McKinely’s new book, Pegasus!!
I can’t believe it! I never get what I want, even when I ask (and yes, I got down on my virtual hands and knees and e-begged the publisher for a shot at this ARC). And now I have the absolute HONOR of reading my favorite author’s new book AGES before most other people.
There are all sorts of cute things about ARCs, as I have just learned. It’s in paperback, for one. I thought it would be hard-covered like newly released novels. Instead it’s the thinnest, most insubstantial flap of a cover, but with the original artwork for the actual release! The front says Advance Uncorrected Galleys–Not for Sale (this makes me geek out to the most geekiest of extremes). There is a blurb just inside the front cover that says:
THESE ARE UNCORRECTED ADVANCE GALLEYS FOR YOUR REVIEWING CONVENIENCE
In quoting from this book for reviews or other purposes, it is essential that the final printed book be referred to, since the author may make changes before the book goes to press.
So basically Robin McKinley, my most favorite of favorite authors, could decide that she needs to change something in between the ARC I hold in my hand and the final version that is released to the world. This book is still being actively thought about by my most favorite of favorite authors! Teaser Tuesdays be damned! I don’t need you when I know Robin McKinely herself is still actively bound to this novel (and Pegasus II which, per her blog, is currently in the works…funny cuz she does’t do sequels as a rule).
And the cutest thing about ARCs? This tiny little label that alerts the world when the novel will be released for real (NOV 2010):
Cuz I could. I could run up and down the street waving this book and screaming for joy. I am so excited that my liver is actually failing (seriously now, why ARE my hands so yellow in that picture?!) I can’t wait to read it, and I can’t wait to review it. I can’t wait to run out to the store and buy the hard cover version when it’s released in November–because I will do so, even if it’s merely to hunt down the differences between the two books. But let’s be honest, I will do more than just hunt down the differences. I will read it over and over and over again because there isn’t a book of her’s I haven’t read fewer than four times.