We want to share our tips on how we request ARCs. We don't have many chances to network with publisher connections, so our ARC request are basically like cold calls, which if you are a new book blogger you will be doing.
Check out the second part here.
1. Build Your ContentBefore contacting publishers spend at least 2-3 months building your blog with reviews and other content. That way you have something to show off when you send requests. Take this time to find out what you like to review and what upcoming releases you really want to request.
Edelweiss is best for browsing publisher's catalogs. I use this to get the scoop on what's coming up next year. For tips on browsing Edelweiss check out this post from River City Reading.
NetGalley is great for professional readers and bloggers to request e-ARCs. It's user friendly and has tips and advice on how to request titles. You'll find all the Big 5 publishers plus smaller and independent presses. When you sign up make sure your profile includes as much information as possible. Show them what you can do for them ! Include stats and accomplishments.
3. Contest/Social Media
While you are building up your content, entering ARC contests are a great way to get another blogger's extra review copies and to meet new bloggers. Check out giveaway hops hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer or Stuck in Books.
Follow authors and publisher you're interested in on Twitter because many of them hold Twitter contests. If you win/receive an ARC be sure to send your review to the contact person listed in the ARC, it's a great way to get your name out there.
4. Know The Difference Among Publishers
5. Send a Request E-mailOnce you've done your research it's time to send an e-mail. Keep it short and highlight why you want to review the book and what they can expect from you. If they have to scroll to read all your e-mail, it's to long. If you want to more info add it at the end after a broiler plate (###).
Quick Don'ts- Don't buy or sell galleys. They are for promotional purposes only and cost the publishers money.
- Don't contact the author for an ARC request unless they mention you can on social media. Most authors are not in charge of ARC distribution
- Don't upload e-ARCs online for distribution.
- Don't get caught up in getting ARCs. Sometimes reviewing old favorites can get you more hits than reviewing the hottest newest book before it's released.
Have we missed anything ? Have any questions ? Let us know below !
Next Up : Writing That Request E-mail.