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