Jul 10, 2013

the wonder of ARCs

So. This happened today.

At around 6:00 I got an email from my agent telling me she'd just gotten two ARCs of ALL THAT GLOWS in the mail. So naturally, I spent the next few hours glued to the window, watching for the great brown bearer of packages that is known as the UPS truck.

When it finally pulled up, I was ready. The following scene occurred.

Me: *bursts out of the front door, arms flailing*

UPS man: *stops at the gate, uncertain*

Me: I WAS HOPING YOU'D COME TODAY! YOU HAVE A PACKAGE FOR ME!

UPS man: Um. No. No, I don't.

Me: YOU DO! YOU DO!

UPS man: This is for Ryan. *

Me: I'm Ryan.

UPS man: No you're not!

(At this point I was getting fairly nervous, because there was still a chain link fence between us, and, seeing as I acquired a leash-burn injury on my daily jog, I was confident he could outrun me. Even with a box of 15 paperback books in his hand.)

Me: No. Really. I am.

He didn't back away from the gate quickly enough, so I succeeded in acquiring the box. And giving him a signature. That quite clearly said RYAN.

I took the box inside, opened it, and THIS is what I found:


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A lovely note from my editor.

ALL THE EMRYSes!

Aren't they gorgeous?! It feels so surreal to actually HAVE A PHYSICAL THING that embodies these last 3.5 years of work (I started writing the rough draft in March 2010). It really makes all those early morning writing sessions, rejection letters and months and months of waiting worth it!


Me & Emrys being besties.

And the inside. Oh you guys. The inside is pretty.




Even the chapter headings are pretty. Magical curly wisps abound!!

So yes. I'm happy to finally be hanging out with a real paperbound Emrys! Woot!

Do you want to hang out with her too?

They're still giving away an ARC at YA Books Central, though you'll have to hurry, since I believe the contest ends in 8 days!!





*This is not the first time in my life that people have refused to believe that my name is actually my name. Because, clearly, I am not a boy.

8 comments:

  1. Congrats! Beautiful cover and typography :-)

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    1. Thanks, Petra Poet! I'm so happy with it!

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  2. *This is not the first time in my life that people have refused to believe that my name is actually my name. Because, clearly, I am not a boy.*

    I have to admit that, as I read this entry, I definitely did wonder if it was just a male name that you used as a pen-name to write under. But, only because it's unique, meaning that I have never met any women with the name Ryan.

    That aside, the book is beautiful. I definitely want to read it.

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    1. Nope! Ryan is my name! I've met a few girl Ryans, but usually they spell their name with an I instead of a Y. I've always loved my name though since it is unique!!!

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  3. OH MY GOODNESS!!! Congratulations. Ryan, the title is perfect since in that picture YOU are GLOWING!!! Well deserved, my dear.

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  4. I want to read that books SOOOO BAD!

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