Thursday, August 13, 2009

Why No ARCs

A couple of people have written to me to ask for ARCs for Shadowlight, my October release, and I have some unhappy news. My publisher informed me this week that they did not print any for the novel.

As it was explained to me, moving the release date up four weeks on the schedule evidently made it impossible for them to produce any ARCs for the book. They have agreed to make up and send out some bound galleys, but they have not yet done that and I've not been given a date as to when that will happen or who will be receiving them.

Naturally I'm disappointed, as this is the first book in a new series for me, and there has been quite a bit of interest in getting ARCs for it. This also means none of the trades will get a look at the novel before they finish production on their October issues. But look at the bright side: at least no one will be selling them on eBay, right?

I have been promised a limited number of these bound galleys; if/when they arrive I'll e-mail the reviewers and bloggers who have requested ARCs from me and see if you all will settle for these instead. Allison, my very patient LB&LI winner of the Darkyn series set, you will definitely get one of them. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes anyone.


  1. Wow this cover is hot. I can't wait to read the book. New series - I know I am going to love this one just as much.

  2. Love the cover! Shadowlight looks like it's coming out just in time for my birthday. Know one of the books I'm buying for myself.

    Sorry no ARCs were printed.

  3. Athena8:44 PM

    Uhm, nice cover? LOL at least its not bright pink. I'm excited about this series and have it marked on my calendar. You can bet I'll be the first one at BAMs doors to pick up my copy!

  4. If you want to get the word out about the story, I'd love to help at my group blog, Silk And Shadows. We could post an excerpt or an interview. We're a handful of newer NAL paranormal authors so we don't have a mega following, but we'd be thrilled to share what we have with you. You can check us out at

  5. It's unfortunate that your publisher was unable to produce ARC's, especially since it is the beginning of a new series. As a critic, I've read bound galleys for reviews (some of the Chicken Soup books were that way, I still have them on my shelf) and I never had any problem with using them as long as there were no substantial changes between the galley and the published work. A lot of reviewers don't like to review galleys because it leaves them vulnerable if there is a change that invalidates part of the review, but I've never encountered a problem with it so I would be more than willing to review a galley copy.

    Good luck with the new series!