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ARCs may take one of several forms. Some are simply printed pages, bound by a spiral coil like something that you'd get from Kinko's. Others, like the one shown, are printed copies that look very much like the finished book, except that: 1) they are clearly marked as unedited copies, 2) they may or may not contain marketing and publicity information, and 3) whether stated or implied, it's assumed that they are not to be passed on or distributed in any way. They are sent for one reason--to allow selected people to review them.
I've just finished reading an ARC of a cozy mystery written by Ellen Kennedy. It will release in September under the title, Murder In The Past Tense. I found it charming, and had no problem providing an endorsement for it.
The ARCs are sent not only to endorsers but to reviewers such as Library Journal and Romantic Times Book Reviews. These reviewers get tons of books and can't possibly review them all, so authors feel it's a special honor when their book is reviewed, much less when it receives a good review. I've been fortunate enough to receive such reviews, but I have to confess I bite my fingernails with each new book, hoping to see a review and yet dreading the content.
Selected bloggers and individual reviews also receive ARCs, and the competition is sometimes fierce to get on a publisher's list. Sometimes the author can ask the publisher to add a name or two, but at other times all the ARCs are already designated for distribution.
Have you received an ARC? What did you do after you finished it? Give it to a friend? Sell it on eBay or Craig's List? Do you know what you're supposed to do with it?
Do you have questions about ARCs or any other aspect of the writing and publishing process? Ask away, and I'll either answer them or find someone who knows the answer. Thanks for dropping by.