The ARCs are in!
If youâ€™re in the writing or publishing industry, you probably know what an ARC is.Â An Advance Reading Copy is a big part of publishing a book.
The Advance Reading Copies, or ARCs, for Tracks, my novel in stories, are here! Â Iâ€™m even sharing a few photos to prove it!Â Itâ€™s a good feeling for a debut author â€” to actually hold your advance reading copy in your hand.
RCs are also known as â€œuncorrected proofs.â€Â They serve several purposes.Â ARCs are used by the publisher, author, editor, and proofreading staff to look for errors one last time before the final print.Â Arcs are sent to other authors in hopes of getting endorsements, quotes, or â€œblurbs.â€Â Theyâ€™re sent to key book stores and book buyers in hopes that theyâ€™ll be ordered and featured on the shelves of the brick & mortar shops. And theyâ€™re sent to reviewers in the hope that they will be reviewed.Â With so many books being published and only a small fraction of them actually scoring reviews, it can be a challenge to get a reviewer to take note.Â (Even better than getting any review is getting a good oneâ€”but just getting one is sometimes good enough.)
Tracks ARCs arenâ€™t only in my hands.Â Lucky for me, Atticus has been great at getting ARCs into the right hands.Â One hundred or so ARCs were priority mailed to prominent authors, reviewers, and independent book stores nationwide (and even some international).
Fingers crossed that some of them will be as thrilled to receive their copies as I was to receive mine.
Learn more about Tracks at www.TracksNovel.com.
Eric D. Goodman, Books Correspondent
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