This pile of papers, the SUNRISE page proofs, has consumed the last few days of my life:
I went through them putting a physical dot on every word to force myself to read the whole thing one more time looking for mistakes. All three of the editors who work on my books do a fabulous job (Thank you, Peggy Tierney, Lisa Rojani Buccieri, and Dorothy Chambers!), but four sets of eyes are better than three, and at the end of the day, it’s my name on the front of the book. It’s a long process checking a book this exhaustively. I spent roughly three sixteen hour days and drank seven pots of coffee. If I’ve been slow replying to your email, this is why. But I’m finally done.
So I was getting ready to toss the pile in the recycling bin when I had a thought–I bet there’s someone out there who would LOVE to have this stack of papers. It’s the only one like it in the world. I’ll sign it, and it has my personal notes, doodles, corrections, and coffee stains. It might be hard to read in places, because I’ve defaced every word with a dot from an ink pen, and I’ve jammed the whole lot into my backpack ungently several times, but that’s part of the fun, right? It’s fairly close to a final version of SUNRISE–it definitely has fewer mistakes than the advance readers copy (ARC), for example.
How do you win? Let’s make it easy. Post something about SUNRISE–it can be a blog post, Facebook post, Pinterest board, tweet, physical bulletin board, library display, whatever. Include the release date (3/17/14) and the cover:
Email a picture or link to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1/26/14. You can enter as many times as you want for different posts (i.e. one blog post, one Facebook, one physical bulletin board, etc.). I’ll ask my wife or editor to pick a favorite post, and I’ll mail the winner the manuscript on 1/27/14–more than a month before SUNRISE goes on sale. If there are a lot of entries, I may also award ARCs as runner-up prizes. This contest is open anywhere in the world, and shipping will be at my expense. Good luck!