One of the best parts of book blogging is getting to discover awesome new books before they’re published and/or receiving free copies of books already published. But this should not be the reason you get into book blogging. I blog because I love reading — bloggers are not entitled to ARCs.

People like to say that you should wait 6 months or whatever before getting ARCs, but just go ahead and put yourself out there (without begging or being obnoxious). I started getting some digital books my first week, but wasn’t getting print copies of books I really wanted until the second month. Having a social media presence is helpful for getting authors to find you and offer advanced reader copies!

If you’re contacting publishers directly, send a brief email clearly stating your basic stats like where you review books, how many followers you have, and/or how many unique page views you get. If you’re using a request site, make sure you fill out your whole profile so they can see where you review books and that you’re serious about it. You don’t need to have a blog! Often just having a presence on bookstagram or Goodreads is more than enough.

If you’re willing to read e-books, there are a ton of ARCs out there… which may or may not be a good thing. Some are in really rough shape, but you’ll quickly learn how to wade through the options or decline emails. (I try to only request/accept books I’m genuinely interested in so I can honestly attempt to finish them and give productive feedback).

Once you start working with publishers you’ll be put on a list to receive a google form where you just check off the ARCs you want to receive every few months, so you don’t have to go out of your way to individually request everything!

A few sites I’d recommend:

 

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8 comments on “How To Get ARCs & Review Copies”

  1. Hahah I just have to comment oaths…

    “Book Blogging (I’ve never found anything I wanted to read on here, but the site exists).”

    This site exits.

    LOL.

    But seriously thanks for the great info!

  2. This is super helpful! I already use Netgalley quite a lot, and Edelweiss a bit, but I haven’t heard of most of the rest of these sites. I’ll definitely check them out!

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