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ARC joy!!!!!!!

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Eeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!

This morning I was woken up in the very best way possible: my ARCs arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here they are (7 out of the 8, anyway - the 8th had gone on an exciting trip with Patrick and MrD :) ) with my writing tiara and the Jane Austen action figure who stood on my desk the whole time I was drafting the novel:
ARCs, with my writing tiara and Jane Austen action figure

Here's the title page:
Title page


MrD wants his own copy:
Mr Darcy wants his own copy...

This is as close as he's allowed to come right now:
The family's first book!

And Maya expresses her appreciation as the literary dog of the house:
The literary dog


Right now I'm listening to the happiest music I know, which is Franz Lehar's Die Lüstige Witwe (The Merry Widow), silly and exuberant and joyful. I've danced all over the house with my ARCs. I am feeling just so incredibly happy. :)

One copy is for me to keep; one copy goes to my mom and dad; one copy goes to the Tenners; and the other five are being set aside to use in online giveaway competitions over the next several months. I'm trying to be really, really strong and not start giving them away until January, since the book won't be published until the end of April...but I am feeling a huge urge to give something away, so keep an eye on this space over the next month! I might time it to coincide with Simon & Schuster's Blogfest. Hmm....

Now I have to go back to ogling and cuddling my ARCs like a madwoman! :)

Comments

_stranger_here
Sep. 4th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh oh oh! They're so PRETTY! And colorful, and delightful! Those are really unusually stylish ARCs.

(Also, my god but Mr. Darcy is looking just like both Patrick and you.)

This is a thrilling milestone and I think you damn well ought to dork out over it as much as possible.

stephanieburgis
Sep. 4th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Aren't they gorgeous????? The final cover hasn't been decided yet, which is why there's no cover art on the ARCs, but I actually totally love them - my editor commented that the look of them in plain paper had turned out to be surprisingly romantic, and I totally agree! :) And oohhh, they're blue, my favorite color, and, and, and - !!!!

I am dorking out SO MUCH. :) :) :)
stephanieburgis
Sep. 4th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
And I forgot to say - yes! The great thing about me and Patrick having very similar coloring is that Mr Darcy looks like both of us all the time, even as specific features shift with age. (When he was first born, he looked VERY Patrick-y; for a while afterwards he was a bit more Steph-like; but luckily, we all look pretty similar most of the time! ;p )

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