Are you a book blogger or influencer? Do you have a following or want to grow your following?
If you answered yes, keep reading!
What the Heck is an Arc?
This is a question I get a lot nowadays; especially from friends who stumble upon my bookstagram account (@meetcuteromancebooks). An ARC is an Advanced Reader’s Copy or proof that publishers send out to bloggers/influencers to review the book before it’s published.
In exchange for ARCs, bloggers and influencers need to provide honest feedback and let the publisher know if there are any obvious issues. In some cases, an author might even go back and edit their manuscript if the book has a lot of errors. The reviews also help to promote the book. Personally, I think negative reviews are fine because sometimes that makes other people even more curious about the book and want to know if they feel the same way.
How do I get an Arc?
Okay, so this sounds neat and all, but you’re probably wondering well … how do you get started?
When I was starting out I used NetGalley and Edelweiss + Above the Treeline. http://www.netgalley.com takes you through the steps and Edelweiss is a bit more complicated.
The thing I like the most about NetGalley is that you don’t have to write about why you’re interested in a book.
You can just request it. You’re more likely to get a book if you have a following or you write for a magazine.
When you’re requesting a book on Edelweiss + talk about where you’ll publish the review and your following. Provide a link to a writing sample, a blog, or a google doc if you have a sample review to share. You can also try emailing the publisher. Make sure to include a brief bio (1-2 sentences), link to previous work (if you have an article that’s been published or a book blog), and your stats.
I have a following. How do I find arcs? Where do I sign up?
This is another question I get a lot. I have over a 1,000 or 2,000 followers or in some cases you might be an #ownvoices reviewer which will improve your chances of getting that ARC.
Most publishing companies have an influencer program. I’m a part of a couple influencer programs .
Read the guidelines and fill out the form for each of the companies that you’re interested in recieving ARCS from. Don’t expect a response immediately. It really depends on the company. One got back to me the next day, another took so long I forgot I even applied in the first place. It happens. I have also gotten rejected from places I really wanted, but that is also something to keep in mind. Without further ado, here are the links:
PHYSICAL & DIGITAL:
- Link here (currently closed)
Finch House Press
Hachette Book Group
- Newsletter Sign Up
Macmillan: (as of 2/2/2021)
- General link here
- Note – requires you to put a twitter link and have more than 0 followers. I just put 1
- Children’s sign-up
- Fierce Reads Galley Request Form
Penguin & Viking
- This form refreshes monthly
Poison Pen Press
Random House Children’s
- Form refreshing monthly
- Libro.fm | Audiobook Listening Copy Program New book choices the start of the first of every month.
- 5K Followers
- Email email@example.com to be added
Penguin Random House Audio
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
ANOTHER WAY TO GET ARCS
If you’re just starting out, I highly recommend signing up for blog tours. You’re more likely to get an ARC this way. Just don’t forget to post on the day you’re assigned and it should be fine. Below are some Blog Tours:
- Colored Pages Blog Tour. I love this blog tour and I’ve had a positive experience with them. They do their best to look for #OwnVoices rep when promoting a book.
- Rachel’s Random Resources. I love working with Rachel and I only request books I know I’ll love.
- Join book clubs. NetGalley is more likely to give an arc if your book club is listed.
- Author Street Teams. Sometimes, authors will have a sign up sheet to join their street team. Members get to promote the authors’ books and meet other fans. It’s always been a fun experience and I’m in a lot. It’s a good time. If you get in, just remember to follow the guidelines and make sure you’re on time.
There are other tours, but I’m only sharing the ones I’ve tried and love. I hope this lengthy list helps another reader out. A lot of this was new information for me when I first started out as a book blogger/influencer. If you’d like to follow me, you can check out my links here to see what I’m up to when I’m not blogging.