Everything You Ever Wanted ARC Giveaway!

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I thought you might be interested in seeing the original photo (thanks, Christophe Liglet!) that the Everything You Ever Wanted book cover design is based on.

In celebration of the fact that I just finished the final-est, drop-dead (no, really, this is really it) revisions, I’m going to do a giveaway of one of the ARCs (advance reader copies). Sign up for my monthly newsletter under that picture of my head to the right, and leave a comment on this post saying you did. If you’re already signed up that counts too, just leave a comment. I’ll enter your name in a drawing and send a signed copy to the winner! I’ll announce the winner on Monday.

I realize that my posts about the new memoir have been a bit confusing: Oh, I finished. Wait, I finished again. Hey remember when I said I finished? Well now I really finished.

This is what writing a book is like. There are drafts. There are edits. There are more drafts. There are copyedits. The ARC comes out. Then there is a big stack of typeset pages that you correct with an old-fashioned red pen. After you send that back, you can find as many egregious mistakes as you want, they’re going in the final book anyway.

If, as I did, you always hoped to be a writer, every step of the way is the stuff of dreams. And it’s still oddly anti-climactic. Where is the one big moment to pop the cork?!

I always want life to give me the dramatic Hollywood scene: the big proposal in the rainstorm, the shaft of sunlight through the clouds. Reaching the top of the snow-capped mountain and raising my arms in victory.

Really, the climb up a mountain is slow and largely an endurance test. Often, when you get to the top you just have to pee and your camera is out of batteries and some asshole left a bunch of empty Cheetos bags on the ground. So you might as well take advantage of the many opportunities to stop, take a breath, and look at the beautiful views along the way. First holding the ARC in my hand is definitely one of those moments. I hope you enjoy it, too!

67 thoughts on “Everything You Ever Wanted ARC Giveaway!

  1. I signed up for your newsletter and have crossed my fingers for this new book of yours! Cannot wait to read it, Jillian. Thank you for sharing your story with us. 🙂 I loved being around Tariku at Doe Bay; he is so full of life and wonder.

  2. Hi Jillian,

    I signed up for your monthly newsletter and I keep my fingers crossed to be the incredible lucky winner of the signed ARC.

  3. I’m already signed up for your newsletter! I would love the chance to read your book before it’s published. I write about books on my blog and I adored your first memoir.

  4. Hi Jillian!
    I’m subscribed, baby! And counting the days til I get to see you at AROHO. Will you be at AWP too? Congrats on the ARC and imminent publication! I’m very impressed with the speed of your publisher – I finished the final edits of TAW in August and it won’t be out until July! Sigh. Not an industry for the impatient. Can’t wait to read your new one!!! xoJennifer

  5. I just signed up for the newsletter. I’ve read and enjoyed your two previous books. Since I live about 30 minutes away from the nearest bookstore, it would be awesome to have a copy of the new one sent directly to the house. Thank you for sharing your world with us!

  6. i signed up for your newsletter. Very interested in reading your book as we have 4 beautiful grandchildren adopted from Ethiopia.
    My husband just finished, finished, finished his book, too. I can totally relate

  7. All signed up! I read Some Girls twice and read your blog. Your honesty and way of being In the world is freeing for me, it helps me to be real too.

  8. Subscribed to your newsletter!

    So excited about the release of this beautiful book! Love love love you! <3

  9. Can’t wait to read the new book! I’ve loved your other two and have recommended both to many friends. Keep up the great work!

  10. Subscribed to your newsletter!Would love to read this before it comes out. Hope you get to do a promotional tour like you got to with some girls. It was a pleasure meeting you in SF. Congrats on all your sucesses

  11. loved the description of ” the proces.” The idea of stopping to “smell the flowers” along the path is so true of everything in life! You have a beautiful and spiritual way of seeing things and putting them into prose. So very proud and happy for you.

  12. Hi Jillian! I really enjoy reading all of your posts about motherhood and I love how you are not afraid to speak your mind. I am really looking forward to reading your memoir!

  13. I just signed up for your newsletter, and would love an advanced copy of your new book! And I really think you should send me a copy, because 1) I’m an Antioch grad as well, and 2) I’ve really loved your work, and think your new book would be a wonderful accompaniment to my upcoming vacation. 😉

  14. Signed up, although I thought I had already. Would love a copy of the book, especially since we got to see a few of the cover options at WriteDoeBay. Loved hearing your story and sharing space with you and T!

  15. I had already sign up! I can’t wait to read this book! Congratulations!! (And thanks for sharing the original picture!)

  16. I’ve signed up! I would love to have the opportunity to read an advanced copy of your book Everything You Ever Wanted!

  17. congrats on your new book! I can’t wait to read it( and your others for that matter!!) and crossing my fingers to be the lucky one for the signed one!! Can’t imagine how great it feels to write a book! I need help to get that going for me……:)

  18. I had already signed up and can’t wait to read your new book, having loved the first two. Not sure if you’ll mail outside the US – to France – but a signed paperback would be awesome. I pre-ordered the Kindle but real paper is always preferred! Wishing you a terrific launch and I’ll spread the word over here to the many, many anglophone writers and readers in Paris. Loved the description of the top of the mountain with the pee need and Cheetos.

  19. Oh could I be so lucky to win TWO of your book giveaways?! I hope so! You know I am already a subscriber and I am so proud of you and the new book! I cannot wait to read it….xoxo LOVE to you my friend!

  20. I’m signed up! Looking forward to your newsletters and fingers crossed to win your book. I’m excited to read it. Congratulations!

  21. Jillian, I signed up for your newsletter. I’m an Antioch alum (2007) too and follow you on IG and have long been a fan. Hook a homey up with an advance copy.

  22. I signed up for your newsletter. I’ve enjoyed your blog posts for a couple of years. Can’t wait for your new book! 🙂

  23. Jillian,
    I’m so excited to read your new book! I loved getting to learn about your story at Write Doe Bay and can’t wait to read about this chapter of your life.

  24. Signed up 🙂 congrats on the final edit! Loved meeting you at WriteDoeBay and hearing your thoughts on writing. Can’t wait to read this one!

  25. Congratulations on the birth of your newest book! Your words, whether in memoir, tweet, or reflection on the writing process (and family life) are ones I have enjoyed and been inspired by for years. Looking forward to the big launch in May, and all the happy cork-popping moments in between!

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