Saturday, April 3, 2010

It Begins!

My ARCs came yesterday!
They are crazy-pretty and I am more in love with the cover every day.
I always get a bit weirded out by how uncorrected uncorrected proofs are, but I guess that's the point of calling them uncorrected proofs. Blog reviewers out there: When you read ARCs do you really care about the printer errors within?

Anyway, it begins. Me? I'm writing a new book and working on selling the last one. The train chugs along.

13 comments:

Karen Mahoney said...

I love the colour contrast between the front & back covers!

Nice. :)

Diana Dang said...

I generally don't care about printing errors as long as there is too much of them. If there are, I get slightly annoyed but if I book is good, it wouldn't matter!

A.S. King said...

Me too, Karen!

Diana, thanks for answering. But do you know that those errors have nothing to do with the author? (And that the authors are probably more annoyed than you are about them showing up their books?)

Lenore said...

Printing errors don't bother me in ARCs...but in finished books, yes.

I can't believe I got to touch your ARC before you did. Too bad I couldn't take it with me. I was really tempted to just read the whole book right there at the stand!

A.S. King said...

Lenore-- Oh good. I'm glad you understand that printer errors are just part of the ARC thing. (And I agree--in finished books, they bug me too...although I know an average of about five slip through, no matter what.) I remember reading a review once [of an ARC] where the reviewer really picked on the [printer] errors, and I thought it was pretty shortsighted seeing the reviewer had requested the ARC, which is an uncorrected proof.

So glad VERA tempted you! I hope you enjoy it when you finally get your hands on it. :)

Genevieve said...

I don't mind that there are printing errors in the ARCs. It bugs me when there are mistakes in finished copies but I don't care with ARCs. I always feel a little honored when I get to read ARCs before they come out.

Memory said...

I'm with everyone else: printing errors don't bug me too much in ARCs, but I'm not big on them in finished books. I can handle the odd one here and there, but not too many of 'em.

sharonlovescats said...

I would be so happy to read this book that the printing errors would not bother me at all. So pretty!

A.S. King said...

I really appreciate the feedback, guys! As an author (and a perfectionist), I think it's natural to be freaked out by errors. That said, I've been reading a lot of ARCs lately, and printer errors don't really throw me off that much. Last night, I came upon a missing sentence in my reading and I could fill it in no problem, even though I have no idea what the real sentence is. But I could make a good guess.

Karen Mahoney said...

I'm reading an ARC of an amazing book right now, and I have to say there are quite a few errors in it. But no, it certainly doesn't make me think any less of the book because of printing errors in an early version - they are just part of the publishing process. I'm sure reviewers/bloggers understand this, too!

I will say that one of the glitches was REALLY confusing, though, and it seemed for a while like there was missing text... (eek!) Luckily, that wasn't the case and all that *was* missing was a scene break - the two paras just ran on without the gap.

Phew! ;)

Kaz

Liviania said...

I try to read over printer errors, since I know they'll be gone in the final. But if I'm in academic mode they really bother me.

Also, sometimes you *can't* ignore them. I've had ARCs missing the first 20 pages, ARCs with chapters printed twice, etc. It's not the author's fault, but it certainly affects the reading experience.

Sami said...

I think ARCs are like that by nature. I also think of how lucky other book bloggers will be get yours! I loved D100D, and I can't wait to read this one.

A.S. King said...

Sharon, Sami-- :)

Liv--I recently heard of a reader who got a copy of D100D that had the last 20 pages stuck right in the middle of the book. Ugh. No others were like this. I call that the lucky copy.

I really appreciate the feedback about uncorrected proofs, guys. Not sure I'll ever get used to random quotation" marks or upperCASE letters, but I think book by book, I'm chilling out about it. Your comments helped.