Thursday, June 18, 2009

ARCs . . .or Galleys . . .or Uncorrected Bound Proofs . . .Whatever they're called, they're here!!

So stalking the mailman for the past couple of days has finally paid off. Today, I got a lovely package of ARCs.

(Side Note: For anyone who is unfamiliar with the term ARC, it means "Advanced Reader Copy." Basically, an ARC is a cheap paperback version of your book that publishers send out to reviewers and such a few months before your book comes out. ARCs are typically "uncorrected." As in, they may still contain typos and grammatical errors that will be fixed before the final hardcover copies are produced. ARCs are also referred to as Galleys or Uncorrected Bound Proofs. And if you're lucky, your publisher will send you few to give away on your blog!)

Anyway, when the mailman came to the door, KidA started yelling, "Is it pizza? Is it pizza?" (Which is weird since we haven't ordered a pizza in over 8 months . . .Unless Hubby has something to tell me . . .) KidA was sorely disappointed that it wasn't pizza--until he caught onto my giddy squeals of excitement. (Which made the mailman raise his eyebrows as he tried to coax me to stop jumping around and sign the receipt already!) Then KidA insisted on getting his "crap scissors" (craft scissors) so he could help me open the box.

We were just pulling the ARCs out of the package when KidZ came running up the stairs to see what we were so excited about. When he saw my books he said, "So does this mean you get lots of money now?" Yeah, I laughed pretty hard at that one.













It is so absolutely amazing to hold my words in my hands in the form of something that is so much like a real book. Serious dream come true!













All of my babies together!













Twins: I started the first draft of THE DARK DIVINE before I was even pregnant with KidA, and finished it just a few weeks before he was born. KidA just turned 3. His twin has taken much longer to get here. (But worth the wait!)










Apparently, I'm having a hard time letting my new baby out of my sight. Hubby snapped this pic when he found me putting on my make-up . . .with one of my ARCs in my lap.

And for your viewing pleasure, my older children begged their dad to let them record a message for me. (And it pretty much sums up KidZ and KidA's personalities to the tee.):

video
Yeah, you heard him right. That is what he said. See what it's like at my house?


Anyway, as hard as it is to let my baby go so soon, I might be persuaded into giving a signed ARC away on June 22nd for The Countdown to THE DARK DIVINE Contest. Come back then!

32 comments:

Reverie said...

HAHAAH That is soo exciting and omg how cute are your kids... "monster poop?" did I hear right???

Michelle said...

It looks like a book to these untrained eyes! Congrats what an exciting day!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Ohhh this is so awesome! I can't imagine how excited you must be. Your kids are adorable by the way, and I wouldn't let go of the it either if it was MY arc. lol

And YAY for contests. I need this book. :)

-Lauren

Taschima Cullen said...

Wow congratz, on the book and the kids, they are both adorable!

I can't even begin to imagen how happy u must be!

Let me know when ur having the contest, I am tons of interested in this book.

JEM said...

Congrats. You'll have to bring one and show us if we ever actually get together!!!

Speed Reader said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! And seriously? Your boys are too cute. Wasn't expecting "monster poop" do to be his tribute to you, but it certainly started my day off with a laugh!

Enjoy your new babies!

Brooke Reviews said...

haha Oh monster poop! :) Kids are so funny. Congratulations! They are lovely :D

Brodi Ashton said...

It is soooo beautiful. Congratulations my friend!

p.s. Just because my word verification is "judist", it doesn't mean I'm jealous! Okay, maybe just a little.

Martha Flynn said...

congratulations! (on the awesome kids AND the ARCs)

Liyana said...

Congrats! :D :D :D So exciting! And KidA and KidZ are so cute! :D Pardon the exclamation marks. :P

Nicole said...

Oh yeah! Yeah! I'm so excited for you. That picture of you holding it is great, I totally understand,I think if it were me, I would be sleeping with it too.

And um, your children are hilarious! That was the best laugh I've had in days.

Kate at Read This Book! said...

YAY ARCs! =) I love seeing pics of authors with their first ARCs. Your sons are adorable! Congrats Bree!

Can't wait for the contest. I am dying to read your book. It's going to be awesome.

D said...

I want one! That is soooo awesome. I wouldn't let it out of my sight if I were you either!

Your boys are adorable. I think my boys would like them. :)

Chelsea said...

Awesome, Bree! I'm so excited for you, and your kids are hilarious--you must have a lot of fun and hijinx at your house. ;)

Mrs. Organic said...

I sense a budding author in his creative expression. That was priceless!

I couldn't be more excited for you.

Kathy Dalton said...

Congrats! I love the boys they crack me up!

Zac and Sarah Steele said...

The 22nd???? Nooooooo...that's like 3 days away!!!!! I want to enter now!!!!!

Jessica Kennedy said...

Congrats! They look awesome! Your kids are cute too. ;)

Kim said...

Yeah! How exciting.

Elena said...

Yay! I'm so excited for you. The putting on make-up picture with book in lap--that would be me. And your kids, so cute.

Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Thank you for the congrats, everyone. And yeah, my boys crack me up. I never know what's going to come out of KidA's mouth. That was completely unscripted, btw. I totally thought he was going to just say "congratulations" like KidZ.

And yes, that is me cackling in the background of the video.

Kim Reid said...

Love the make-up picture. ha!

Paradox said...

*Squee!!!!* They are lovely!!!

Alyosha said...

Wow! They look so great! I'm so excited for you.

Also, I'm a great copy-editor, so feel free to send one my way. :)

Debbie said...

Those books look lovely!! I think it's completely fitting that you get some special time with this new little one so I'm a fan of you carrying it around in your house! Love it.

The video was hilarious. Sweet and funny boys.

Kristi said...

Much congrats! And your boys are adorable. My 4 year old says poop a lot combined with other words and thinks it is hilarious. Must be a boy thing!

Stacy said...

Congrats Bree! so exciting, can't wait to read it!

Kilee's Box said...

I cannot wait until I have this book in my hands. :D
Ugh, if only the days would go by faster so we could have it. I so can't wait to read it. :D

Zac and Sarah Steele said...

So this one time it was the 22nd and you promised a contest....

Valynne said...

Love the make-up pic! Congrats again!

Sarah Blake Johnson said...

Wonderful! I'm so excited for you.
(I moved to Germany, so can now get back on blogsites.)

Steph Su said...

lolololol my favorite picture is that one of you doing your makeup with your baby...well, ONE of your babies. How exciting!!!