Dear Miss Snark,
Your advance copy of the MJ Rose book makes me wonder.
Being that you’re in the publishing world, you could perhaps answer a trivia question that keeps some of us awake at nights. Along with the rest of the known universe, I’m waiting for the last Harry Potter book. I know this is a book release like no other. I’m curious how all the mechanics for the Harry Potter releases work, without ANYONE ANYWHERE getting hold of an advance copy. All those bookstores, all those UPS drivers, all those people who work at printing presses, all those mysterious warehouses where books are kept… and NO ONE gets a copy out early? The mind boggles. Please elucidate, from your perch on the inside of the publishing biz.
Lounging Labrador sends her regards and many pawprints of spring garden mulch to Killer Yapp. (Killer Yapp will send the dry cleaning bill for his muddied up Burberry rain vest)
You mean you want to read this copy of Harry Potter here on my desk?
Ok, enough screaming, I'm only joking.
First, the books come in big ol boxes with strapping tape, then shrinkwrapped and palletized. It's not like there's just one in a manila mailing envelope. There are truckloads.
And yes, of course, the copies will be all over town soon enough. It doesn't matter though, cause the fun of this is the waiting, and the excitement and being in line on the first day.
Those smug snots who say "oh I've read it already, Mummy's secretary had it messengered over" are not people you want to know. It's no fun to know first, cause you have no one to share the juicy fun details with. And NO ONE wants to have you spoil the surprise.
But yes, there are copies. We just don't tell you about it.