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All About ARCs

 All About ARCs

In the blogging world, ARCs are kid of a big deal. They can be seen as a symbol of a ‘good blogger’, as in, only the good bloggers get the ARCS, which is SO UNTRUE. They can cause jealousy. Before I started blogging, I didn’t even know what an ARC was, and was so confused by everyone throwing that term around.

Now, I understand what it is, and even have received a few ARCs of my own! But a lot of people don’t, and so I wanted to make a post talking all about ARCs. Basically, all of the information I’ve learned about ARCs in the past few months will be in here.

First off: What is an ARC?

ARC stands for Advance Reader’s Copy. They are copies of books printed out before a book’s release date and sent out to bloggers and other people in the industry to read and promote.


But what’s an eARC?

EARCs are ebook forms of ARCs. I’d definitely recommend requesting eARCs first, especially if you’re a new-ish blogger.

Where can I get an ARC?

There are a few different ways to receive an ARC.

Primarily, ARCs are sent to you from publishers. You request the ARC in an email, and sometimes, the publisher will mail you it.

Or, you can receive an eARC through sites like NetGalley or Edelweiss. On that sites, you request an eARC of the book you want, and sometimes, your wish will be granted. You’ll be able to read it on an electronic device.

You can also receive an ARC through trading. Some of the first ARCs I got were through #booksfortrade on Twitter.

Requesting ARCs

You can usually find the publisher’s email for review copy requests on their website. You send an email to that address, with something like ARC Request: Name of book by Name of author in the subject line.

In the actual email, be polite. Include your address in the email. Because publishers are so busy, they just don’t have the time to email you back for your address. Put your stats in the email, as well as any plans you have for the book (are you going to feature it specially with an interview with the author? Do an ARC tour?)

You normally won’t receive a response. Publishers are very busy and get lots of requests, so don’t be worried if you don’t. Just check your mailbox, and who knows? You might receive that ARC!

Here’s a sample of an email I sent to request an ARC.

Hi! My name’s Ava, and I blog at ‪bookishnessandtea.wordpress.com‬. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi sounds amazing, and exactly like the kind of book I’d really enjoy. I’ve also heard a lot of good things about it from bloggers I trust. I would love to be sent an Advance Reader’s Copy to review. 

I post my reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and my blog, and promote the book and link to my review on my Instagram, where I have 7900 followers who love to see my reviews of books, and my Twitter, which is specifically for my blog. I have 250 followers on my blog, and receive around 2,000 page views per month. 

I love reading and reviewing Young Adult fantasy, contemporary, historical fiction, dystopian, and more. I completely understand if I’m not who you’re looking for to send an ARC to! Just in case, my mailing address is:

[insert address]

Thank you for your time!
Ava Mortier

Bookishness and Tea

I received a response from the publisher, which was unusual, saying that they put me on the waiting list. After a few weeks of nothing, I had given up on that ARC. Then, a few weeks after that, I received the ARC in my mailbox.

I’m not sure how other bloggers do it, but I think it’s mostly similar to this. And it worked for me! Be sure not to copy my email. Be original! Let the publisher see YOU and your passion and excitement for the book. That will make them be more likely to send you a book.

What NOT To Do When Requesting ARCs

  • Be rude or threaten the publisher. It’s awful that this has to be said, but still. DON’T DO IT.
  • Act unprofessional. You are asking the publisher to send you a book for free. You need to seem like you deserve it.
  • Seem greedy or whiny or desperate. Don’t EVER include something like I’ll kill myself if I don’t get this ARC! Yes, that might seem exaggerated, and it is. But don’t include anything that makes you look desperate. It’s a certain way to NOT receive the ARC.
  • Fake your stats to make it seem like you have a bigger blog than you really do.

What To Do After You Read It

There are multiple things you can do with an ARC after you finish it.

1. Keep it. I’ve seen so many beautiful ARC collections, and if that interests you, do it!

2. Pass it on. Give it to a friend so they can read it before its release as well.

3. Trade it. #Booksfortrade on Twitter is a place where you can trade ARCs for other ARCs. Someone else gets to read a book they’re excited for, and you can read one you’re excited for! It’s a win/win situation.

Make sure you try to get your review up on or before the release date. You’re being sent the ARC to review it- make sure you do! I know that sometimes it can get overwhelming, but the publisher wants that book to get promoted. That’s what we, as bloggers, do, and that’s why we are sent ARCs.

ARCs are NOT FOR SALE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you see that big thing on a cover of an ARC that says Not For Sale? That means you CANNOT SELL IT. It is illegal. But sadly, it still happens. ARCs are a a promotional tool that we receive for free- don’t ruin it by trying to sell it.

ARC Jealousy

Most bloggers will eventually experience ARC jealousy- when you’re jealous of someone who else who has a certain ARC you want. It makes you think, why are they so much better then me? Why do they get this and I don’t? If you’ve never experienced ARC jealousy, well, I’m in awe. I know I have before. It pains me to admit it, because it is NOT a nice feeling, but I have.

It’s okay to be jealous of someone else’s ARC, but don’t say anything about it, and don’t think you’re not as good as them because of it. ARCs shouldn’t be a symbol of blogger status.

FAQs

What if I’m an international blogger?

Sadly, publishers don’t usually mail ARCs internationally. 😦 But there are always eARCs to request!

When should I start requesting ARCs?

For eARCs, I would say just two months after blogging consistently is fine! You may not get approved, but it never hurts to try. And it’s much more likely than being sent a physical ARC.

For physical ARCs, well, that’s different. You probably won’t get approved until you’ve been blogging for a little while AND you have a large enough following. Because that does matter. I’d say don’t request until you’ve been blogging for AT LEAST 6 months- but it does change between people! If you have a big follower count, you might be able to get an ARC after less time.

Remember: ARCs are not free. They cost money to print, and book bloggers are not ‘owed’ them. Be thankful if you get an ARC, and try to review it before its release! 

If you have any more questions regarding ARCs, leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them! Have you received an ARC before?

Thanks for reading!

Ava

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45 thoughts on “All About ARCs

  1. I’m still having ARC jelousy, and only because I want free books huhu but nevertheless, I still buy them. Am I so bad? I hope I’m not the only one thinking like that.

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      1. I do have one question, and that’s with stats. I am a pretty new blogger, and I requested an ARC of Crooked Kingdom, and, to be completely honest with you, I don’t think they’ll send it to me, because my stats are too low. I was just wondering if you have any suggestions for getting things like followers, likes, and even views up on my blog. It was a bit awkward, and that’s why I didn’t say this, sort of implying that this was the case: “I have one person following all of my blogs, and I’m sure she’ll spend the word over Crooked Kingdom!” 😐

        Thank you for replying! ❤

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      2. Of course! Ah, one thing: ARCs of Crooked Kingdom do not exist, and it’s a highly anticipated book. So that request will not be granted, unless there are manuscripts. I didn’t try to request anything regarding CK, just because it’s such high priority.

        But for the stats question, I can totally help!

        Promote your posts on your other social medias. Leave meaningful comments on other blogs. Write engaging, useful, or entertaining posts. Ask questions at the end to receive more comments. Host a giveaway.

        I hope these help! 🙂

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      1. Yes! I’m sure that I speak for every blogger ever when I say that I start to doubt my blog and everything wrong with it. Gah! It’s horrible. But then I read a post like this one and remember that every blog is awesome and one day ARC’s will show up at the door. lol. 😉

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  2. Thanks so much for this post! You have just answered SO many of my ARC questions! Thanks also for including an example of an email request to a publisher – that helps greatly! 😀

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  3. Great post! 👍 I live in Europe so I agree that it’s kinda hard to get ARCs. I myself have never gotten a physical one. But I’d like to get one someday!

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  4. I’ve gotten all my arcs through giveaways! I haven’t been blogging long so I’m not going to try and request for awhile, but I may try for an eARC soon! this post is super helpful. love it! 🙂

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      1. thank you so much! i actually do have a question: can you only access edelweiss or netgalley via kindle? or can you do it on iPhone, iPad, computer, etc? because i don’t have a kindle :/

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  5. This was super, super helpful and answered a lot of questions I’ve been afraid to ask because I’m new at blogging. Now I know a little bit better. Great post!! Thank you so much for it!!

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      1. Haha sure. One question for me is whether or not you should have a certain number of followers before contacting publishers? For your blog and for any social networks otherwise.

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      2. Ooh, alright! You don’t NEED to have a certain number, but I would say at least 200 blog followers is good. Some people say more, but that’s when I started receiving ARCs. If you have a successful Instagram/tumblr etc, you might want to mention that and that might help you get an ARC before 200. Does that answer your question?

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      3. Yeah I think it answered! I have 61 blog followers now I wasn’t thinking of requesting arcs yet anyways. I have 200 on insta and twitter,2k on my other twitter, and 980 on tumblr. I think I should wait 😂

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      4. I have gotten net galley arcs but I don’t usually have time to read ebooks/ don’t prefer them so I just don’t go on it any more. I havent read any of the 5 theyve given me… And I literally cannot navigate edelweiss to save my life, they need a better website imo.

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      5. Me too! I just don’t like them as much and I don’t want it to affect my thoughts on the book, so I don’t request eARCS as much anymore. And YES YES YES to Edelweiss, ohmygosh, I had to look at a tutorial just to find how to request. I THINK they’re getting an updated website soon, so yay!

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  6. I won an ARC giveaway on twitter recently. This is my first ARC, first giveaway that I’ve won. And it’s such a big deal because I live in India and we don’t get opportunities like this often 😀

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      1. Yeah I just joined Edelweiss. I’m not 18 yet for NetGalley. I won ARC for Girl against the universe by Paula Stokes 🙂

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