By: Melanie | November 8, 2013 | (26) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.

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It’s nearly my blogversary (next month!) and over this year, I have certainly learned a whole lot about book blogging. And I suspect this is the most I will ever learn in a year because to think of where I started out last year and think to me right now, I have definitely learned many terms along the way. One of the big ones are ARCs.

What is an ARC/ARE?

An ARC is an Advanced Reader’s Copy. (Also known as ARE, Advanced Reader’s Edition.) ARCs are basically bound manuscripts sent out the book bloggers, or anyone majorly involved with book media (such as fellow authors, publicists) for them to read and review. ARCs are bound many months before the actual embargo date which is why some people will see others postings pictures of books that have not yet been published. The whole purpose of an ARC is for the book media person to give the book more publicity by posting about it on their blog, or anything else that can attract readers.

But how do you get an ARC?

I got my first print ARC in February, which was two months after I started my book blog. (FYI, I started book blogging on December 21, 2012.) However I got my first electronic ARC (or eARC) in Janurary. And, I received my first unsolicited ARC in April (unsolicited means non-requested book that get sent to me). Some people willΒ start getting ARCs really early on in their book blogging path, but some may take up to months to get a response from publishers. This is because of two main factors:

  • You don’t have enough readers on your blog. It’s a good idea to expand your audience so you have more statistics to show the publishers.
  • Where you live. If you live in the US, it’s going to be easier to get ARCs because there are much more publishers, big and small. Unfortunately for countries other than US, Canada, UK and Australia, ARCs are much rarer. This is where people who don’t live in these countries can go and request eARCs (that can be downloaded onto computer, or any ereader) from NetGalley and Edelweiss. Both these sites are free to make an account for and are really easy and self-explanatory to use. Sure, some publishers will only send eARCs to US, but there’s a higher change for them to send you a book since it’s an e-copy.

How do you request an ARC?

Publishers are normally really busy and in most cases, they won’t have time to always reply to your emails. So if you want your email to count, try to make it consise.

Things I normally include:

  • Subject: Mailing List Request (if you want to be on the mailing list, or you can make it: Review Request for ____ by ____
  • Your statistics (monthly pageviews, comments, followers)
  • Social media handles and followers (like Twitter, Facebook)
  • How long you have been blogging
  • Goodreads statistics
  • Links! Link all things necessary like blog, Goodreads etc
  • What book in particular you are requesting–if you have one
  • Your mailing address. Remember to include this because most publishers will ignore your request because most have no time to ask for it! (Most Aussie publishers do, but I know that my friends in the US say that the US pubs rarely reply to ask for it since they tend to be much busier)

That’s pretty much it! You can find the emails to publicists by going onto the publisher’s home page and looking for the media/publicity tab.

Also, don’t spam publishers if they don’t reply! If they don’t, leave at least a month’s gap before re-requesting.

I hope that helps!

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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26 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (14): ARCs

  1. Annie says:

    ARC requests outside of Netgalley are still pretty much a mystery to me, but that’s okay because my blog is never going to be that big. If I spent more time on it then I guess this would be something I’d want to tackle. Great post honey! Happy anniversary! πŸ™‚
    Annie recently posted…Book Review: Beloved by Toni MorrisonMy Profile

  2. Lexa Cain says:

    Funny – we had the same idea this week! If I wasn’t busy writing, I’d totally be a book blogger because there’s nothing better than reading and all those ARCs are YUMMY! πŸ™‚
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  3. A great breakdown. Such an accomplishment. I can’t wait for your Blogoversary. I am so happy I found your blog. πŸ™‚
    Jennifer Bielman recently posted…Review: One Tiny Lie by K.A. TuckerMy Profile

  4. I’m one of the unfortunates who live outside of those countries you mentioned, so I have to settle for eARCs. I really hope shipping internationally is much cheaper.
    Dre @ Sporadic Reads recently posted…Book Review : 92. More Than This by Patrick NessMy Profile

  5. Amelia says:

    Locket post! Got to understand ARCs much more now

  6. Great post hun! I think these posts are definitely helpful to all bloggers, especially those starting out. You’ve gone really far in your 1 year of blogging and I’m very proud of you Mel!
    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence recently posted…Giveaway & Review: Spellbound by Sherry Soule – Ghosts, witches & romanceMy Profile

  7. Shelly says:

    Woah your book blogging path was successful so early on! And congratulations on the almost blogoversary! Requesting ARCs still scares me so much, I can’t bring myself to even attempt to write an email. Thanks for the tips & if I ever get over my fear of rejection I will definitely keep them in mind! πŸ™‚

  8. Good advice, Melanie πŸ™‚ I remember when I received my first ARC three years ago…I was SO excited! I still get excited every time!

  9. Celine says:

    Great post, honey! You got your first print ARC very soon, wow! And you’re so succesful already <3 However, I will be forever be jealous because Netherlands equals no print ARCs, haha!

    This is a great breakdown and is definitely going to be helpful for some people!
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  10. Fantastic post, Melanie! I agree with everything you said. I actually got my very first ARC a little over a year ago, ten months after I started blogging, and my first eARC was maybe eight months after I had started. I’m definitely one of those people who took a while before I could finally get one. I actually think it’s harder to get an ARC in the US because there are SO many bloggers in the US that the publishers have so many requests and they have to distribute to the bigger blogs before anybody else. NetGalley and Edelweiss is a fantastic resource, too, I practically live off of it because I never get any books from publishers lol.
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  11. this is a burning topic for almost every new blogger. I am one of those who actually prefers my ARCS on my Kindle as it is easier for me to read them. These days I am so buried in ARCS it is ridiculous. I am actually trying to cut back. Stats has a lot to do with it and I have found once you establish a relationship with a rep and a publisher you are good to go for the future.
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  12. Great tips for newer bloggers. It’s definitely important to include your address if you’re hoping to be sent a book for review. And I wouldn’t request books if you don’t have enough followers, stats, etc. either because you need to build yourself up a bit. πŸ™‚
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  13. I’m like Heidi as well. I prefer my ARCs to be e-ARCs for 2 reasons. First, I find myself reading a lot faster with e-ARCs and secondly, I know it costs a lot of money for publishers to print these ARCs and email it to readers. So, I never bother to mail them asking them for print books.
    This is definitely a helpful post to newbie bloggers. Great post, Mel!
    Nick @ Nick’s Book Blog recently posted…Review : A Little Too Much by Lisa DesrocherMy Profile

  14. Oh hey, we started blogging around the same time! πŸ™‚ ARCs were such a mystery to me when I first started. I didn’t realise they were even called that until I won a copy from another blogger. I don’t actually make very many requests anymore that aren’t for NetGalley or Edelweiss (my biggest sources for review material). But there is always the odd title that I might make an effort for. Most of the time though, it can get quite overwhelming and fast. Great post, Mel!
    Sam @ Realm of Fiction recently posted…Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth MayMy Profile

  15. Ariella says:

    I just realized I started blogging before you did. You are way more accomplished than me though!!! Melanie, you deserve all of it! I actually sent out my first request a week ago and I’m really scared about it. Hopefully I can get books but I probably won’t haha *fingers crossed*
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  16. Emily says:

    Yay! It’s going to be your Blogversary soon!! πŸ˜€ Can’t wait for that πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and what you’ve learnt, Mel! πŸ™‚ I’m sure this will be very useful for new bloggers! (and reminds me of how accomplished you are!!) :O
    I received my first eARC 3 months into blogging via Edelweiss. I was so excited then xD But because of me living in Singapore, I can’t receive a physical ARC. Publishers don’t ship here!! (NOOOOO) But I’m very happy with what I have already, and because of that, I am grateful πŸ™‚
    Fantastic post, Mel!! <3
    Emily recently posted…ARC Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene PerryMy Profile

  17. Wonderful tips πŸ™‚
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  18. Diamond Dee says:

    Great post, Mel! I love ARCs, but I’m waiting until I get more followers before I start requesting for mailing list ARCs. I do get ARCs through giveaways and ARC swaps though πŸ™‚
    I can’t believe you’re almost at 1 year Blogoversary! Let me know if you want help celebrating πŸ˜‰ heheh
    Diamond Dee recently posted…Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany GriffinMy Profile

  19. Candace says:

    I’ve been blogging 5 years and so I don’t remember when I got my first ARC, but these days I don’t request. Once in awhile I see a sequel to something, or an author I love, and request on NG, but that’s very rare. Almost all of my books come unsolicited or I buy them. I do also review for Amazon Vine, so that’s up to 4 a month (depending, cause I sometimes get other items instead).
    I am really lucky to be in the US. I get a lot of books without asking, but I get the chance to attend things like ALA (which I’ve only gone to once) which provides a years worth (or more!) of books.
    I also get a lot of ARCs from a bookstore. I don’t want to say the name, but it’s a big one nearby and I know some employees. When they don’t have anyone to take them, I get them (free, of course). I have got some very highly anticipated books from there and that way I don’t have anyone waiting for me to review it or anything so it takes away the pressure.
    These days it seems like I’m mostly overwhelmed with books by authors because they are looking to hire me and I’m very careful in who I take on. So I ‘test’ run a lot of books that often don’t work out. They still sit on that pile of books that I must read though and makes that stress factor much higher.

    I agree that once you put in a request just to sit and wait. They almost never reply (in the US) and half the time don’t send it (even if you have great stats) so all you can really do is just hope. I haven’t re-requested before unless it was an author wanting me to request it, but they usually put in a word for me as well.
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  20. glass says:

    I agree that it’s much easier to get ARCs if you’re from States, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t get them. If your you are really good blogger (meaning, you have good reviews and not just book summaries that you try to push as reviews), if your get enough attention (and by this I don’t think just on the number of followers, but if you manage to engage people to talk) – you will probably get your copy.
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  21. Rachel says:

    Wonderful post and tips, Melanie! πŸ™‚
    Rachel recently posted…Mini Reviews & Giveaway: The Curse Workers series by Holly BlackMy Profile

  22. Lyn Kaye says:

    Since there is a mass exodus from GR, adding in a BL link would also be a good tip.

    Love this post – Thanks!
    Lyn Kaye recently posted…Stacking the Shelves #65My Profile

  23. When I started blogging I seriously had NO idea there were things like ARC’s and review copies, so this would have been so helpful :)!
    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted…Review 212. Stacey Jay – Of beast and beauty.My Profile

  24. Anya says:

    Random addition, but A LOT of ARCs go to booksellers. They get boxes and boxes of them at the stores to get the employees to read them and hand sell the ones that they love :).
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  25. Angel Reads says:

    I have been blogging since Feb this year and it was just last month that I received my first Physical ARC. But I have gotten alot from Net Gallery. But I love reading ARC’s i don’t know why but they make me feel happy haha i am realyl wired
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