ARCs for Bloodfire Quest by Terry Brooks have arrived!

For those of you who don’t know what an ARC is, it stands for Advanced Reading Copy. ARCs are produced by the publisher for publicity and review purposes. An ARC is the entire book that will be eventually published. In this case, the ARC in my possession is for Bloodfire Quest and Terry has signed it as well.

When I began the official Terry Brooks page in late 1999, I had only one condition of Terry. I did not want to get paid. Working with one of my literary heroes was payment enough. No, I wanted two ARCs for every release, ARCs that I could do with as I pleased. Read them. Sell them. Give them away. Do what I like. In that way I could read the book early.

Terry and Del Rey Books have upheld that part of the bargain for 13 years now.

What I do with the ARCs has changed over the years though. I now read Terry’s new books long before ARCs are even produced by the publisher. Therefore, I can use them to benefit others. My moderators get the copies usually now, for their work on Terry’s forum. Sometimes, like last year, I auctioned my copy off so I could help pay down my medical bills from uninsured cancer treatment.

This year, it changes again. One of my ARCs for Bloodfire Quest I am auctioning off for my friend, Duane Wilkins. Duane is one of the best booksellers in the fantasy/sci-fi genre. Any author who has toured through Seattle and visited the University Bookstore knows Duane. Thousands do. Terry has known Duane for two decades. Earlier this year, he had a huge medical scare that put him in the hospital for more than two weeks. Unlike myself, he had health insurance but it doesn’t cover everything and two weeks in the hospital led to some medical bills he simply can’t pay off as an underpaid bookseller.

Therefore, my ARC is going to him—and a lucky one of you! You can read more about the auction and bid on Bloodfire Quest HERE!

Which brings me to my poll question on this Friday, a two-fold purpose:

Have You Ever Read A Terry Brooks ARC?

Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!