In a little less than six months, Eleanor will arrive, all fresh and dewy. Six months is both an eternity and an eye-blink away. Honestly, time's passing one hell of a lot faster than I expected.
Not long ago, my publisher sent me a bunch of ARCs—advance reader copies, for those in the know—and since an awful lot of wonderful people have been following this book's progress for quite some time, one lucky reader of the blog is going to win an ARC. (Keep reading to learn how to enter.)
Here's what the ARC looks like:
"Well, that just looks like the real book," you're probably thinking. You're pretty much right: an ARC is an uncorrected proof of a novel that a publisher can send out to the media so there's time for a critic, say, to read and review the novel before its pub. date, or to booksellers, so they can look over a title and decide how many copies to order and stock. "Uncorrected" means, at least in Eleanor's case, that this is the reasonably-close-to-final manuscript, though corrections and light changes may still be made before the book's release. (In fact, that's what I'm doing now.)
Here's how to throw your hat into the ring: Come visit me on Twitter (@jgurley) and tell me the best book you've read this year. Don't name one of my books, and don't name one of your own; recommend something you've enjoyed as a reader, whether it's an independent book or a traditionally-published book, whether it's new or old, etc. Tell me what you loved about the book. What made it your favorite read this year?
You've got until 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on Monday, July 20, to tweet your recommended book to me. (If you recommend multiple books, you'll still be "entered" just once.) I'll select the winner at random (and get in touch with them to collect a mailing address), then sign (and personalize, if desired) an ARC and ship it to the winner's location. (This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere.)
Easy enough, right?
(I'll also be giving an ARC away to one of my newsletter subscribers, so go sign up for that if you want a second shot at winning one!)