ARCs! Contest!

Posted: October 22nd, 2010 under ARC, Contents, Kings of the North, the writing life.
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I now have ARCs for Kings of the North in my hot little hands (the weather turned warm and muggy–hands are definitely hot.)    There will be a contest in which someone will win an ARC.   However, due to multiple instances of LifeStuff, I don’t have the contest idea worked out yet, so the contest isn’t today or maybe even this week.   It will happen, however, because I now have a prize some of you will probably want.

The ARCs are tastefully decorated in purple and white: Del Rey logos on a white background.   The map pages contain the helpful note at the top “Map” but do not actually have the map.  In other words, typical ARCs.

But they have the story in them.  That story.  The story in which what was round and shiny and red turned pear-shaped and falls onto the the storyteller’s head.  The story in which difficult princesses and angry fathers and brash youths and lovers with excessively high principles and interfering relatives and ambitious traitors and evil monsters and bones with long memories and mythical creatures and diplomatic disasters…all sort themselves along a descending path from the apple on the branch to the smushed pear on the writer’s head.   Among other things.

One ARC  is already earmarked for you folks.   It will be signed (of course) to the winner, and I’m going to pattern it after the contests Robin McKinley runs on her blogsite, even though my site doesn’t have some of special features…but it’ll be easy and I hope fun, when my brain has actually had enough sleep to think up something.

Feel free to make suggestions for fun ideas for the contest, if you want.   There will be a drawing from among qualified entries, because there’s no way I’m going to be picking “the best recipe/character name/favorite character/funniest this or weirdest that.”  I’m chicken.  It’s the qualifying part that could be fun.   For one of hers, McKinley asked people to say what they’d bake if they won a copy of the book, for instance.

ARCs…another step on the road to the book being out there.   Major WHEE for me.  Looky, look, it’s a book.  It looks like a book.


  • Comment by Kerry (aka Trouble) — October 22, 2010 @ 10:46 am


    ARCs! Yay! It would be my Precioussssss — oops, wrong world.

    Seriously, it marches toward reality for the rest of us.

  • Comment by Adam Baker — October 22, 2010 @ 11:06 am


    Woohoo! Cant wait to see what you’ve got in mind.

  • Comment by Kathleen — October 22, 2010 @ 11:29 am


    I’m sorry I’m drawing a blank — what is an ARC?

  • Comment by Kerry (aka Trouble) — October 22, 2010 @ 12:01 pm


    Kathleen – ARC is an Advanced Reading Copy

  • Comment by elizabeth — October 22, 2010 @ 12:45 pm


    They’re sent to reviewers so that reviews can come out right before publication. Paper covered–some are glossy, about the weight of paperback covers (these are) but I’ve seen some in non-glossy heavy paper, not as thick as the glossy-almost-cardstock.

    They’re printed from uncorrected proofs, so there are often errors in them that won’t be in the final book (you hope!)

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — October 22, 2010 @ 4:53 pm


    Oooo! Now I have to make sure and stop by frequently to see what you come up with. Though even if I manage to come away with the prize I’m sure I will get “real” version. Need to complete the set! (grin) I’m sure you’ll come up with something grand Ms. Moon.

  • Comment by Todd Armstrong — October 22, 2010 @ 9:16 pm


    I do not know what the game is yet, but I am all in.

  • Comment by Adam Baker — October 23, 2010 @ 11:36 am


    Maybe name specific characters out of the books or something? Or cities that Paks marched through, or something like that?

  • Comment by Kathleen — October 23, 2010 @ 1:41 pm


    Thanks Kerry and Elizabeth. I can now understand the excitement! But it will still be March before we get retail copies right?

  • Comment by Jenn — October 23, 2010 @ 2:08 pm


    Maybe your contest can be about the contest.

    Who can come up with the most interesting contest?


    What type of cookies would which character be?
    Kolya is obviously an apple fritter.


    Where would a character go on a long deserved vacation?
    You would need the map for this one.

    Again maybe me extra time and hyperactive and slightly crazed imagination is coming through.

  • Comment by genko — October 25, 2010 @ 2:37 pm


    Alas! I will be out of the country until November 12, so can’t really participate in this. A long-anticipated trip to China.

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