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Discussion in 'Buy/Sell/Trade' started by Uncle_CreepShow, Mar 4, 2014.
Oh it makes me too sad to not be able to join in here. Silly New Zealand!!!
I think they all got together and decided that they should be sent to me.
HAHA! Good plan! You probably wouldn't like most of what I get--ARCs of 'Women's Lit'. Not a lot of bodice rippers (I turn down as many of those down as I can, and no BDSM--hard limit for me), but many, many earnest women books. I have read some stunners, a few horrors, but most are middle-of-the-road family or romance novels.
Its a real bummer, aye.
Who knows, though - with media rate/budget shipping, it might be worthwhile, for a small batch of paperbacks....
I'm NOT a fan of shipping ANYthing without a confirmation code/insurance, but it can be a jab to the gonads when its time to once again ship 10+ Pratchett paperbacks to my buddy in the Netherlands.
my coppy of geralds game is with my ex gf. feel too wierd about asking for it back
OMG!!! How in the hell do you GET all those??!! And what led you to collect UK versions?
Well, I’ve also got several runts in pretty rough condition if you’re interested. Christine, The Shinning, Geralds Game, Dreamcatcher and The Bachman Books if want them. I’m going to the post office tomorrow. Contact me where to send them if you want them.
I got them with lots of work and searches on-line. I do have a number of contacts that help me also.
I don't really know why I started with the UK proofs, but I really enjoy them. I think it's neat that there are many versions of UK proofs of the same book. This happens occasionally with the US ones, but more so with the UK ones.
Is that how it works, Ms Mod? I never thought about the "publicity" side of books.
Do you get feedback to include in the inside covers? And what about the bad ones.?
You do so much, Marsha that we (or I) do not know about the inside working of the process of getting a book out a book.
The ARCs are done by the publishers and they're the ones who distribute them to potential reviewers. Sometimes errors are caught at this stage of the process and those might be corrected before the final print books go out. The reviewers don't typically send their reviews to the publisher--that goes directly to the publication for which they are doing the review so they find out about the bad ones at the same time as the good ones. My understanding is that they solicit blurbs from writers they think will like the book and whose opinion would be valued by potential readers as well as comments from the good reviews and then use those for cover quotes.
In my experience, even ARCs are pretty set in stone, as far as content. I reviewed one three months before pub date that had a HUGE timeline error--it looked like the author had roughly combined two scenes into one and it never got edited to get rid of clothing/setting/timeline inconsistencies. Anyway, when I let the author and publisher know, I got a very nasty letter stating that it was way to late for changes and that the average reader wouldn't see it anyway . Other responses haven't been as nasty, but all say some variation of, "Tough luck."
Ms. Mod, I asked earlier (you probably missed it in the mosh): in your experience, what would authors prefer that reviewers do with completed ARCs? I have a shelf ful, because I feel weird doing anything else with them (and have a horror of throwing away perfectly good books--lol).
If it involves a lot of rewrites, then those don't usually get fixed until possibly the second printing of the book unless they're so bad that it would mean a major rewrite. In that case, the editor should have caught it before it even got to the ARC--should have being the operative phrase as it still happens even with the best of editors--but the typo sort of mistakes can be fixed at that point. Maybe your comment ruffled their feathers because they realized they screwed up.
Sorry, I did miss this earlier. I'm not sure what the publisher likes to have done with them but what they don't like is having them sold ahead of pub date. Have you ever offered to return the ARC to the publisher if it is in a time-frame that they could send it out to someone else? Once the book comes out for the general public, they're not as concerned with what happens to them. Maybe a used book store might be interested in taking them off your hands.
Maybe so! Or the library... I like the idea of returning them, as well. You have my brainwheels working now. Thanks!
@skimom2 - re the ARCs that are already in publication-- have you thought about donating them to an assisted living facility or nursing home? Often the elderly have time on their hands and love to read.
More good ideas! I wasn't sure what the thinking was post publication--everything I get when I get ARCs notes that they are for review purposes only and aren't to be sold, etc. Makes sense that after pub it would be okay to pass them around, though. I'm an inveterate rule-follower--lol
Oh I see - so SHE was the one who liked the handcuffs, then, eh? (kidding of course!)
Where you from @Uncle_CreepShow? I notice you said "aye"
I'm from Castle Rock, via Bangor, ayuh.
Seriously though, I'm American....Native NYer relocated to the 'ol south.
Oh - so you and Unca Stevie are good buddies then? Rub shoulders in the Hahdware Store?