Prince Puggly of Spud: Sketches and Advance Reader Copies

Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff (the ARC)

Good news, everyone. The advance reader copies of Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff have arrived!

I would describe them as kooky and beautiful, an ideal combo, in my humble opinion. So, um…not much to write about this. Better to get the lowdown straight off the backside:

Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff (the ARC’s backside).

It’s also beautiful and kooky on the inside, by the way, thanks again to Victor Rivas, the book’s amazing illustrator! Here are some of his preliminary sketches:

The not-so-posh Palace of Spud.

Books! Books! Books!

The Shaman rocks out on electric lute.

Nothing says fun like a princess in her pyjamas, cradling a gigantic slug.

Prince Puggly hits (slithers into?) bookstores on February 7, 2013.

(PS: If you live in the US and you’d like to request a review copy, you can send an email to this address. If you live in Canada, you can request ARCs through the Penguin Canada website.)

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4 THOUGHTS TO " Prince Puggly of Spud: Sketches and Advance Reader Copies "

  1. Andrea says:

    So excited! Hope you had a wonderful summer, and I have been telling everyone about you and your books.
    Hoping we can Skype again this year!

    • Thanks, Andrea, I really appreciate it! This new book is a bit sillier than Zorgamazoo (if you can believe it), but hopefully kids—notably your students—will find it just as fun. Certainly, I’d be happy to Skype again. I’m just beginning to formulate a new presentation based on Puggly—all about peculiar historical fashion trends!

  2. Matthew says:

    I’ve shared Zorgamazoo with students every year since I happened upon it in 2009, and they’ve always enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to your next story in verse!

    I’ve always known the editing process can take some time, but can you give me any insight into why there is a 7-month hiatus between the advance copy and a general release?

    • Very happy to hear you enjoyed Zorgamazoo—and that you’re still using it in your classroom! Wonderful! As for publication delays, you can usually chalk it up to the nature of the beast. Publishing is a business with slim profit margins for all, so publishers like to take their time with design and marketing to give books as much of a running start as they can (at least that’s what they tell me). In some cases, there are specific considerations apart from whether or not the book is finished. For instance, with Puggly, Penguin wanted the release to coincide with US Poetry Month (April), so that did delay things but only by a two or three months. I certainly know it can be frustrating…especially since I finished the manuscript way back in spring, but it’s something I’ve learned to live with. Ultimately, my job is to just keep writing! Thanks for commenting, RPW