Any good reviews will be used for 'blurbs' on your book jacket.
A physical ARC looks a lot like a trade paperback.
Of course, my 'galley day' didn't exactly turn out as hoped ...
Go figure. Before I go on, I want to say that I adored my editor, my publisher, my agent, my publicist - well, frankly, I adored everybody involved in the process of publishing my first novel - so I don't want this to sound like sour grapes. Because even if the grapes were a teensy bit tangy at first, they've matured into a very fine, drinkable wine. :)
And 'galley day' was no different.
I was sitting at home, suffering through the second round of copy-editing (at big publishers, there are at least four rounds of revisions over the course of 12-18 months: two with your editor, then two with your copy editor), when a package from my publisher showed up at the door.
"But should they actually have the wrong ending?"
She wrote back just one word:
Somehow the wrong disk had been sent to the printer. It was an enormous, costly, time-consuming mistake. I'm not sure how many ARC's had been printed - but I wouldn't be surprised if there were dozens or more. The publisher really got behind the book.
And they all had to be recalled!
At any rate, what a huge, expensive mistake!
The way my agent and editor reacted, it was clearly the only time they'd even heard of such a thing. So I'm sure this sort of oversight is extremely rare. However, it did happen to me, so be prepared for anything! Most importantly ...
... you shouldn't rely on anybody else to make your book a success.
Not even publishers. I think there's a tendency for writers - being creative, sensitive, (occasionally) lazy people - to think that somebody else is going to look after things for you.
But YOU are the most important part of your book's success.
Accept the responsibility, be realistic - and work your buns off!
btw if you were turned off by my Valentine's Day blog hop last Sunday, I apologize. I'd had too much pink champagne. It's the first blog hop I've done, so don't lose respect for me. I mean, come on! Vampire LeStat as my favorite character? Or Quint from Jaws? Pretend I said Madame Bovary. Jane Eyre? Scout Finch? No, wait, I have it. My fave character of all time: Gatsby!
It sounds catchier and takes up way fewer characters in a tweet than Book Deal Survival Guide. But also because of Private Benjamin. Did anyone see that funny 80s flick with Goldie Hawn?
I think it's a good image to leave you with because - like Goldie, who thought she'd get stationed at some swanky tropical base when she joined the army - she had a huge wakeup call in boot camp.
That's just what getting a book deal is like. Waaaaaay harder than you thought it was going to be!
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