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Blogger Spotlight: Tips on Requesting ARCs from Publishers

img_3816One of the perks of being a book blogger is being able to request ARCs (advanced review copies) and galleys from publishers. Not only do you get to experience a book before it’s publication, but you also get to be part of the wide promotional team since publishers look to book bloggers as part of their marketing and promotional strategy. It’s an awesome experience, and getting the first approval (and so on and so forth) is always an exciting moment.

So, in the hopes of helping you get those approvals and ARCs, here are some fantastic posts from bloggers who had advice on how to request ARCs from publishers.

Makayla Sophia, Fiction Paradise

Requesting ARCs from the publisher is all about making that ccontact connection. Sometimes this is through an email or a contact form.

One of the best ways to find an email is to look at the author’s website, if they have one. If the author has a website, look at their contact page. Sometimes they’ll list the publicist you need to contact if you’d like to request an ARC. If this happens, you’re in luck, and you’ll have the proper email to use! Don’t reach out directly to the author if the publicist information isn’t provided, instead go to their publisher’s website. Read more…

Some Books & Ramblings

Finally, the most important step: Briefly explain how your review process works. Remember, you are not requesting to read this book just to read it. ARC’s exist for early reviews from bloggers and fans like you! give a short outline on how you review, and offer to send the review to them when you have it written. You can also offer to share your review onn retail sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Book Depository!

Also, be sure to share links to your reviewing platforms (such as your blog, Goodreads, Youtube, Netgalley, etc) and any links to previous reviews from that author’s works. Make sure it is an actual embedded link and not just the web address. The easier your link is to access, the better. Read more…

TheBookishActress

This is a really common question: how many followers do I need to get started? And the answer is… it’s not a rigid number. On Netgalley, specifically, you can get read now arcs with very few followers.

This comes with a caveat: you will need either a blog or a booktube to get arcs. Netgalley essentially requires people to be bloggers or booktubers. Goodreads is nice, but publishers do not tend to respect popular Goodreads reviewers as influencers (even though I think objectively I’m much more influential on Goodreads than in blogging).

It is a lot harder to get arcs personally sent to you. Let me just make that clear. It is. But there are ways to make it easier! Read more…

Let’s Get Galactic

Don’t accept books you don’t want to read. I know that the lure of getting a new book free of charge can be exciting, but it’s important to know your reading preferences & set appropriate expectations based off of them. If you’re an avid YA romance fan, you probably won’t want to slog through a 600 page book about extremely detailed science fiction. I’m not saying you can’t branch out in genres at all, but you don’t want to waste the author/publisher’s time, or your own. Be realistic when accepting/declining requests, and then see the next point. Read more…

YA & Wine

To request a physical ARC from a publisher, you want to focus on building your follower base first and foremost. Most publishers are looking for bloggers who have at least 500 followers across platforms (including your blog and social media) and have been blogging for at least six months.

Next, you want to keep a close eye on what books are releasing and when. You’ll want to submit your request for the ARC 3-6 months prior to the release date. I have an example of the email I send to publishers down below. Read more…

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2 replies

  1. I’m a long way from having enough traffic and followers to request any ARCs but found this blog really interesting and insightful – thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi, thanks for including me in this post! Requesting ARCs can be so much fun!

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