I received a rather rained-on cardboard box this morning.

This is what was inside:

These are Advance Reader Copies of THE NIGHT CIRCUS. Commonly referred to as ARCs, which I’m still not entirely sure stands for Advanced Reading or Advance Reader or some combination thereof. I’m pretty certain that the C is for Copy, though. Even though these say “Edition” on the front.

They’re hard to photograph because all of the silver is metallic and shiny. They’re really gorgeous, and this isn’t even the final cover.

I have been dying to share a look at the interior design ever since saw a preview of it ages ago, because I absolutely adore it, and now I have permission to share.

I’d tell you I love it so much because I think it’s evocative of both the Stargazer and the bonfire, but that wouldn’t make sense to that many of you yet. Ah well.

I only have ten copies so I am thinking very carefully about what to do with each one. There will likely be some sort of contest/giveaway at some point.

And I kind of want to leave one in some mysterious location somewhere and give clues to find it. Maybe after the snow melts.

Categories: writing


sue · February 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm


Beautiful! I love the idea of leaving one for someone to find.

Kaari · February 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Big SQUEEEE! over here! It’s so pretty and fits the story beautifully.


Steph/seenonflickr · February 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm


It looks gorgeous.

Donna Cummings · February 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm

It really looks amazing. How exciting this must be for you. 🙂

And I like the idea of someone finding it via serendipity. That sounds fun.

Clovia · February 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I just had to suck the drool back a little.

Helen · February 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Those are so beautiful, they deserve many moments of awe. I love the interior design!

Elysabeth · February 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Sooo purrrrrtiful!

carey · February 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

squeeeeeeee! god, how beautiful are they?

Erin · February 26, 2011 at 1:35 am


“Violators will be exsanguinated.” I love it. 😀

Paul · March 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

Eeeee! I was away over the weekend, and didn’t see this, I’m sorry. But they’re fabulous!

Is the final cover going to be very different? This one’s brilliant, as it is!

    erin · March 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    The final cover is different & absolutely gorgeous, there’s a peek of it in the trailer I just posted!

Jillian · March 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

They look gorgeous Erin!! So exciting! Can’t wait for the world to start reading them!

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