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Hurrah! My True Love Gave to Me has received a *STARRED REVIEW* from Kirkus Reviews:
"Rich language and careful, efficient character development make the collection an absorbing and sophisticated read, each story surprisingly fresh despite the constraints of a shared theme. It’s that rarest of short story collections: There’s not a single lump of coal."
• Featuring stories by: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White.
• Mark it to-read on Goodreads here.
• Pre-order it on Barnes & Noble here or on Amazon here.

So proud to be a part if this collection!

naturallysteph:

Hurrah! My True Love Gave to Me has received a *STARRED REVIEW* from Kirkus Reviews:

"Rich language and careful, efficient character development make the collection an absorbing and sophisticated read, each story surprisingly fresh despite the constraints of a shared theme. It’s that rarest of short story collections: There’s not a single lump of coal."

• Featuring stories by: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White.

• Mark it to-read on Goodreads here.

• Pre-order it on Barnes & Noble here or on Amazon here.

So proud to be a part if this collection!

Hi Ally! I was just wondering if you were giving out ARCs for Embassy Row or have given out ARCs in the past. If you are giving out ARCs for Embassy Row how could we get a copy? Thanks :)

Asked by being--fangirl

Thank you for asking! I’m going to use this opportunity to share a post I (just this second) posted to my blog.

I think you’ll find your question answered below:

Hi everybody!

Ally here, and let me tell you, I am FREAKING OUT!

Why? Well, I got word yesterday that Advanced Reading Copies for ALL FALL DOWN (aka Embassy Row, book 1) are now out in the world. They are real. They exist.

THEY ARE ALIVE!!!!

Now, what is an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) and what do they mean, really, for the average reader?

Well, an Advanced Reading Copy is basically what it sounds like. It is a copy of the book that is printed in “advance” of the real books.

But, truthfully, it isn’t really a book. ARCs are printed quite hurriedly and on the cheap and many times–like with All Fall Down–they don’t even feature the final version of the cover. They will often contain typos and other mistakes that hopefully get caught and corrected before they find their way into the finished version.

So they aren’t books.

But they look like books and contain what is hopefully a close-to-finished version of the book itself.

Publishers print ARCs so that people who need to read the book before it comes out can do just that. People like booksellers, reviewers, librarians, and basically anyone you want talking up the book and building pre-publication buzz.

For example, I got an ARC of E. Lockhart’s amazing WE WERE LIARS a few months before the book was released. In fact, a lot of YA authors got ARCs of that book. And we all loved it and talked about it and told all of our readers to read it when it came out, and a lot of you did. In fact, WE WERE LIARS is still on the NYT bestseller list. Because the book is really, really good and E’s publisher made sure there were a lot of people talking about how good it is which made a lot more people want to go buy it.

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Editor David (aka, superman David Levithan) delivering an
ARC of ALL FALL DOWN to author Elizabeth Eulberg in New York last night.

So that is the purpose of ARCs. To build buzz. Hopefully.

And now ALL FALL DOWN is out there and people are reading it. This is always one of the most exciting, yet nerve-wrecking, part of the process.

Up until now, our books have lived in a nice little bubble, only read by us and our editors and our friends and our mothers. So people who basically have to tell you it doesn’t suck (even if it does).

But that is no longer the case.

And this author is freaking out about it.

But you guys don’t care about that. If I know you guys, you only care about HOW DO YOU GET YOUR LITTLE HANDS ON A COPY OF AN ARC?

(I know you. I know how your minds work.)

Well, if you work at a bookstore or a library or are an established reviewer, then contact Scholastic and tell them why you think you need one. You might very well get one!

Also, Scholastic will be sharing a limited number of ARCs with me! And Shellie and I are currently devising plans to share a few of those ARCs with you, so stay tuned to all of my online places (twitter, facebook, tumblr, the blog, etc) for details.

In the meantime, keep on reading and have a great weekend!

Ally