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This week’s topic:
Advanced Reader Copies ~ How Do You Get Them?
I do have a few sources that I receive advanced reader copies, or ARCs, as they are sometimes known, from. I’m trying really hard not to take on too many. I’ve gotten behind and am not getting reviews done on deadline. I have a feeling that could be why requests have slowed down for me lately. Here are a few places I have received copies from.
Tour Company or Groups: Occasionally when you sign up to be part of a blog tour for a book or author, there is the opportunity to do a review. In those cases, the author will provide a copy of the book. The intention is for you to read that book and give an honest review on a day during the tour.
Authors or an author’s PA: Sometimes an author or their PA will approach blogs to do reviews. This is normally near a book release date.
Publishers: You can approach the publicity people for certain publishing companies and get on a list they may keep of reviewers. Sometimes you can even meet them one on one at conventions etc. The publicists all work in different ways. Some keep a list, noting your preferences and then send you notices when they have upcoming books in your genre. Others keep mailing lists or even have special groups of blogs that they rotate around. Avon Addicts is a good example of that. I think making a connection with a publicist and then maintaining that relationship is a good way to ensure you are who they think of when ARCs become available.
Netgalley or Edelweiss: These are two sites that are geared towards reviewers, booksellers and librarians. If you are one of those group of people, you have the opportunity to request ARCs as the publishers make them available. Each site, and publisher, have their own criteria of who they approve. The goal is to read then come back and post your review on the site, as well as your blog or any other place you would leave a review. I have yet to be approved for an Edelweiss book. In fact, I find navigating their site a nightmare, so I really don’t even know what is out there to request. Netgalley I love. Maybe a little too much. My downfall is my rating. I have so many books on there that I need to get reviewed that my rating is miserable. Too many newer books keep coming out and the older titles get archived and I forget about them or lose interest.
Conventions: Some authors will contribute ARCs to conventions. Those ARCs get distributed amongst the reviewers and readers who attend as promotion. This is a great way to find new authors.
Do you have a source for ARCs? Which is your favorite and least stressful way to receive them?