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Friday, July 31, 2009

This is going to be a short post because I've got a head cold and I slept horribly last night (thank you small dog who decided NOT to sleep--but is, OF COURSE, sleeping now)

In the comments on my last post benjamintchip asked:

Elizabeth, that was really interesting about the ARCs. I was wondering: In your own experience, how different have the ARCs of your novels been from the finished products?

So far (KNOCK WOOD!) it's been little changes--missing/changed words, grammar stuff. But I've heard of entire chapters being left out. I've seen characters names be completely different, and I actually once read an ARC where it looked liked every period had been replaced with a >.

*** Any authors out there care to chime in with their experiences between differences between ARCs and the actual final book? ***

On to links:

Can a blogger (or group of bloggers) "make" a book?

Great tips for writing when you don't feel like it

John Green offers Four Truths in Defense of Publishers -- as always, lots of interesting stuff in the comments.

Agent Jennifer Jackson on the agent's job

Editorial Anonymous answers more publishing questions

Dear Author wonders which bestseller lists are the ones that really count--some really eye-opening stuff here, including this: "One thing about bestseller lists, particularly like the NY Times, is that they aren’t based on actual sales, but projections and calculations and other mysterious woo woo guarded tightly by these bestseller list owners. The lists can be deceptive. Take, for example, Susan Andersen’s recent release, Bending the Rules, which made the NYT list (No. 14) and PW list (peaked at 12). According to her July 29, 2009, newsletter, Harlequin is axing the series, refusing to publish the third in the trilogy and Andersen will be starting with a new stand alone." And be sure to check out the comments as well!

Maggie Stiefvater has a great blog post about worry and self-doubt: Bring on the Angst, or Confidence: the B Side --Thoughtful and inspirational.


Blogger Llehn said...

Take care of that head cold! Get well soon!

July 31, 2009 12:02 PM  
Blogger The Compulsive Reader said...

I'm not an author, but I once read an ARC that was missing the last 10 pages. That was frustrating!

July 31, 2009 1:14 PM  
Blogger Charity said...

For The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading it was mostly minor things, a few sentences that ended up making no sense, and some em-dash weirdness.

Oh, and one weird formatting thing with an IM conversations.

But overall, the ARC is very close to the final version.

July 31, 2009 1:31 PM  
Blogger Rhonda Stapleton said...

My final book for Stupid Cupid isn't out yet, but the ARC has some incorrect punctuation, plus minor formatting issues. Also, the cover back and spine of the final is going to be different than the ARC. Nothing huge, but there are differences.

July 31, 2009 1:38 PM  
Blogger Ellen Hopkins said...

With TRICKS, there were a lot of formatting issues, but probably not ones that an ordinary reader would have picked up. I, as author, however, certainly did.

July 31, 2009 1:48 PM  
Blogger Gena Showalter said...

A lot of my ARC have big big mistakes. The Intertwined ARC has places where old text was not deleted, so it has two very similar paragraphs in a row. Or places where I changed a character's appearance, yet those changes weren't made all the way through. That sort of thing.

July 31, 2009 1:48 PM  
Blogger Alexia561 said...

Interesting topic. As a reader, I always thought that an ARC was more or less the finished product. Maybe some minor errors and/or a different cover, but ready for printing. Guess I've been lucky that the ARCs I've received for review haven't been missing any pages or had glaring errors!

July 31, 2009 2:12 PM  
OpenID pambachorz said...

The biggest diff with my ARC of CANDOR is the cover--my publisher used an interim cover while the final one was being designed. Beyond that it's mostly copyedit issues.

July 31, 2009 2:12 PM  
Blogger benjamintchip said...

Elizabeth (and everyone else), thanks for your responses about your ARCs. I've read quite a few ARCs, so that was really cool to hear from some authors about their own ARCs.

July 31, 2009 3:22 PM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

I know Kaleb Nation, author of the new Bran Hambric series, which isn't out yet, had his ARCs printed and then cut out a huge scene from the opening for the real book.

I've read the ARC for HUSH, HUSH and there isn't much weirdness there. The ARC of THE SECRET YEAR was perfect, I thought. I haven't read my ARC of CATCHING FIRE or DELIVERANCE DANE, but I plan upon it, and hope those aren't too weird.

July 31, 2009 4:22 PM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

While at Borders today, I discovered that my DELIVERANCE DANE ARC was different from the real book. The real book has a different binding and the back, instead of a letter from the author's friend, is a different picture and a quote from a review.

July 31, 2009 9:21 PM  
Blogger Maggie Stiefvater said...

My ARC of SHIVER is pretty darn close to the final of SHIVER, although the final SHIVER hardcover has blue ink for all the text (oooh! ritzy!).

And my ARC of BALLAD has a few f-bombs which I pulled out of the final version. I try not to be too incomplete/ unfinished at that stage -- what's point of sending something radically different to the reviewers who are a huge part of creating buzz about your book? Deadlines are your friends . . .

July 31, 2009 9:49 PM  
Blogger soundistheword3 said...

This is really interesting. When I've received ARCs I've picked up on a misspellings and off punctuation and other minor problems, but never anything major. I never really thought about how much can still change between the ARC and the first publication. Thanks for bringing up the topic!


August 01, 2009 8:11 PM  
Blogger Alatariel said...

I just finished reading Something, Maybe (which I DEVOURED in one day! I love spending Saturdays this way!) and I loved it! I just had to let you know. :)


August 02, 2009 2:03 AM  

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