Thursday, October 11, 2007

Latest on the book, ARCs

Just thought I would give you a glimpse of the latest random dealings with the upcoming book.

Yesterday I met with my editor, Lisa, about the illustrations for the inside of the book. A week or so ago, they'd asked me to put together a list of 20 scenes from the story that I thought would be really cool to see visually. I starred my favorite twelve.

They had the artist (Bryan Beus) do the same thing, and he starred his favorites. The result: 3 scenes that we both starred, so those were a shoo-in. Then Lisa and I duked it out over the remainder, using both my list and Bryan's list. It looks like he'll be doing 8 to 10 full page, black-and-white illustrations. He has a month to finish it. (I think he's been doing a lot of sketches already)

I have until Monday to complete my review of the galleys. Lisa gave me the latest version since they increased the font size. What stinks about doing this: every time I find a mistake, I realize that the mistake will be in the ARC. Luckily, they are few and far between, all minor.

I asked Lisa if I could just rely on their proofreaders because I didn't want to read the stupid book again (any writer out there knows what I mean). She looked at me like I'd just suggested she drive a nail into her eyeball. Evidently, it's a cardinal sin for the author NOT to review the galleys. Anyway, I put this off for too long, so guess what I'll be busy doing all weekend.

Finally, about the ARCs. I can't remember when I told you they'd be done and sent, but I think it was right about now. Well, it actually won't be until the end of October. It went to press a few days later than they thought, and since they upped the print run, it added 2 weeks to the timeline. If you were one of those expecting one, please don't start looking until early November. Sorry.

The booklets with teaser chapters will be done on Tuesday the 16th, just in time for my 2 day visit to schools in Davis County. Can't wait to pass those out!







A sidenote of good news: Publisher's Weekly wrote a killer article about Shadow Mountain's latest book (THE WEDNESDAY LETTERS) and its author, Jason Wright. Since they said it, I'm assuming I can say it: His first print run of 50,000 copies (hardback) disappeared in 2 weeks and they ordered another 100,000! Plus, he's been on the NY Times list 4 weeks in a row now. Way to go, Jason!!!!!!! Now go buy it: Click here.

11 comments:

Kimberly said...

Okay, are you using some sort of hypnotic device here? Because when you said to go buy it my instinct was to comply.

Perhaps I'm just very, very impressionable...

Rachelle said...

That is so awesome! Are you getting tingly all over thinking that you may also be on the NYT list? I'm sad that I have to wait for my ARC even longer, but I'll get over it. I won't have anything to distract me from meeting my word count goal.

Dan Willis said...

Don't worry, James. I've only read one of my galleys and that was the first (novelty and all). The rest they printed in little, tiny print and I, like you, didn't want to read it again.

James Dashner said...

Kim, you have a sudden urge to send me twenty bucks, twenty bucks, twenty bucks...

Rachelle, remember, there ain't a chance in Hades I'm going to do what Jason is doing. At least not on my first book.

Hopefully the wait for the ARC will be worth it!

Dan, I must obey my master. I read over 100 pages tonight. Only found 3 teensy mistakes. Whew.

May I be prideful for a moment? ("what else is new?" many of you just groaned as you rolled your eyes)

It'd been awhile since I read this stupid thing. And holy jeepers, I laughed out loud several times and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Maybe it's a decent book after all! :-)

I hope, I hope, I hope......

Tamra Norton said...

Just tonight I was in B&N here in Houston in the kids section--of course--and on their new release shelf (maybe 15 books, or so) TWO were Shadow Mountain books--Brandon Mull's new book and the new Leaven Thumps. I was impressed that SM has made such a great showing down here in Texas. If there down here, there everywhere.

SarahK said...

I just got the Deseret Christmas catalog and was amazed to see the Shadow Mountain books in it. I know I SHOULDN'T be amazed, but still...I forget who SM is really a part of.

You never answered my question dude, will the booklets be available out here?

James Dashner said...

I have no idea, actually. I assume that if they can get their books in every store in the country, they can get a free teaser chapter booklet there, too. We shall see.

SarahK said...

*Makes a note to swing by B&N on the 16th*

Momo Fali said...

Sounds like things are moving along nicely!

Luisa Perkins said...

Exciting stuff!

Julie Wright said...

Fun stuff Dashner!