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How to Get ARC and Review copies of Books – All You Need to Know

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Every once in while , I see an email from a blogger or reviewer asking about how I get ARCS and review copies .

Firstly , an ARC is a copy of an unpublished book . ARC= Advance Reader/Reviewer copy . But you probably know that already . Now the question is back to , how do I get it ?

I will try to answer that question and explain all the ways to get ARCS as best as I can . Here I will discuss all the primary ways and some extra ways to get both ARCS and Review copies .

Let’s start with simple things ,

Who gets an ARC / Review copy :

As said above , ARCS are advance reader copies . These are copies of books that are printed before the book is officially released and hits the stores . And as the name itself says , these are meant for reviewers .

It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be a book blogger . Are you a regular reviewer on the amazon or goodreads ? Hola ! You’re on board with the other reviewers !

Where do I get them ?

No  definite answer . There are a dozen ways to get them !

Review Programs : 

Review Programs are where publishers offer their books for free in return for reviews . You have to apply and get approved before you are allowed to request copies . However , you can only choose from what the publisher is offering . There are different requirements for each program . Most of them only allow only one or two books at a time and require that you post the review before requesting more . They’re an amazing way for new bloggers to start getting books . You can see my Book Blogger Programs list and sign up for one or more of them .

Blog Tours : 

Blog Tours are run by publicity companies and you’ve probably heard of them before . They offer publicity services to authors and one of these services include reviews from bloggers . You can join these companies and sign up for their virtual book tours to get review copies and ARCS .

I have a list of of these companies , if you need it .

Request a copy directly :

Do some research on the book and find the publisher’s email id . You can usually find it hidden in their website somewhere . If the publisher is the author itself , i.e , if the book was indie-published , get the email of the author . Tell them about why you think they should send you a copy.

ARCS are expensive . If you request one , you’re going to have to put the cost of the ARC and some more in the author’s / publisher’s pocket . You have to show them how you’ll do that in your email . Tell them of your traffic , unique visitors , followers , etc . Add a little about why you want the book ( been dying to read the second book in a series ? Tell them that ! ) because you gotta appear like you’re actually interested .

While requesting a book via email , be sure ask the right publicity . Don’t send a request to HP about an Avon book that you want , even though they’re just branches .

Here’s a list to get started with :

Good luck with getting approved !

Goodreads Firstreads : 

I have been quite lucky with this one . You can review the books you receive or not , but from my experience , I’ll advice you to throw a review always if you want to keep your feet wet there . I did not receive a book even though I won  it and boom ! I haven’t since . So whatever it is , just add a review . A simple one or two lines is enough to keep your luck up.

Shelf Awareness

It’s a newsletter you can sign up for . They always have a book or two you can request on all their newsletters ( yes, all ! ) and most of them are print copies . I signed up for this since someone told me this was a great way to get ARCS . I have not requested any books because I was not able to .

This program is only for those who are US based . Although they offer a few to those from Canada , it’s not much and it’s just a waste of space in your inbox . As for as internationals go , don’t even waste your time signing up here .

The Unpopular methods :

Goodreads Groups : 

Let me just make it clear that I find it really hard to believe that no one ever brings this up . Goodreads is more than just a shelf keeper . It is a book lover’s paradise ! If you poke around, you’ll find things no one told you about . For me , these groups were one such thing .

There are several groups on GR dedicated to connecting authors and readers . A lot of authors post in these groups about wanting reviewers and all you have to do is send a reply that you want to join in .And there you go . You get a review copy . No approvals by no one .

You can start here ,

Review Group

Writers and Readers

ARC and Review copy Readers

 

Newsletters : 

Sign up to Macmillan’s newsletter and receive update about their books and ofcourse , get early reading copies . Not for internationals again *sighs*

Unbound worlds run giveaways for sci-fi books OFTEN . There’s a high chance you’ll win atleast a few . I’m not signing up though . My email id is flooded enough already .

Sign up to authors’ newsletters . You’ll  be surprised many of them always offer for their readers to become ARC readers or VIP readers etc . Don’t sign for a lot of them though , you’ll get your inbox filled with too many than you can ever go through .

Following Publishers : Following publishers on twitter and other places is something you could consider doing since they hold a lot of giveaways . Thanks to Karen@BookerTalk for pointing that out .

Note for Bloggers : 

I highly recommend that you put up a review policy even if your blog’s small . You’ll get a ton of emails with review requests even if you had just started . So the review policy will help you narrow the email down to what you want . And read a lot about book blogging and requesting ARCS directly . It is not easy to request them and you need to have some knowledge about the workings of a marketing house to know if you’ll get approved .

All the best with your blog !


Are there other ways to receive ARCS that I forgot ? If yes , tell me what they are in the comments below . 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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35 thoughts on “How to Get ARC and Review copies of Books – All You Need to Know

  1. Thanks for this. Very helpful post. I am contemplating on requesting ARC from publishers but since I’m not from the US, I have a slim chance. Still, I’ll bookmark your post for future use. 🙂

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    1. I love street teams ! But the thing is I already read too many e-books and I read like 200 books an year on an average . If I read all review copies as ebooks , I’m sure to go blind :/

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      1. Yeah , me too ! It’s too bad publishers keep forgetting we’re here too . But I love getting print books from indian authors themselves . While I keep that to a minimum , it’s great to connect with wonderful authors from your own place 🙂 where are you from ?

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      2. The US gets a lot of print copies ? I know it’s not like you’ll get them everytime , but many blogger programs give print copies to US bloggers . Like blogging for books . 🙂

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      3. I only take e-books from small publishers and indie authors because they’re not huge and I think we’d be demanding too much if we ask for print books . For others..well I just don’t bother asking for a copy since I know my blog is no where near their expectations . And I’m glad you’re not part of blogger programs . I’m a bit too cynical of them right now lol

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    1. Thanks for telling me . I didn’t really think of that …but considering that , many authors and bloggers hold a ton of giveaways all the time , too 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Here is a great post from the Books and Reader Site blog on how to get Advance Reader and Review copies of books. I use my blog and newsletter to offer these and have been somewhat successful. This post has some great ideas from the other end of the transaction.

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  3. Thank you for sharing and thank you for following my blog. I am VERY new at this process. You have provided so much great information about obtaining ARCs. I also might now have to consider including a book review policy. Very helpful.

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  4. I’m super late to the party here, but I stumbled upon this post while trying to figure out what to do after I’ve read and reviewed a physical ARC! Do you have any advice on the best way of letting publishers know you’ve read and reviewed the book? Do you tag them on social media or email them? I just want to make sure that I show I’m reliable and hope they’ll continue to send along ARCs 🙂

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