Before I start I want to make two things really clear. The first being I am still relatively new here in the blogisphere so the advice and things I am about to lay on you are based solely on my own experience. PLEASE, fellow bloggers if you have more info, better advice, chime in below! It would be great to have more voices here.
The second, and this is important so write it down, commit it to memory, whatever just remember it. ARCS are a PRVILIDGE not a REQUIREMNT. What I mean simply is this, just because you have a book blog, be it for 4 days or four years no one is required to gift you an ARC. And this what they are, gifts.
I’m going to highlight a few questions I have been getting asked a lot lately by several people in e-mail and on Twitter. If you have more questions you can find me through my About page, on twitter or just here in the comments. I am willing to help in anyway I can.
How’d you get that ARC?
In most cases, up until recently I only obtained them through winning contests or borrowing from friends. Now, I join in on blog tours & book tours through other blogs that are hosting them, and for the ones that I get otherwise – hard, consistent and professional work.
I send one, ONLY ONE professional, politely and to the point worded e-mail to the publisher never the author (they don’t handle the distribution of the ARCs they are only given a handful for their personal use) asking for the title I am looking for. I always include:
1) the title 2) the author 3) the ISBN number if it is available 4) the Imprint 5) my full mailing address 6) blog stats, including number of followers and so forth.
I NEVER (ever!) send a second e-mail checking on things, asking again or complaining that I didn’t get a book. E.V.E.R. Period. It is the surest way to burn bridges, not only with that publisher but, quite possibly with their network of friends as well. The publishing world is vast my friends and I wouldn't want to be black listed from it!
If a book arrives, great! If not, at least I tried, and I move onto the next title I am looking for. A tip – don’t ask for a highly anticipated book just 2 months before it’s out, chances are they handed out all the ARCS anyway because they start lists a year in advance in some cases from what I have noticed so far. Get ahead of the game, request lots of things and be thrilled with what arrives! :0) They are books and books make people happy after all!
*Please note, if you are out of the country from the publisher who printed the book you are trying to get your hands on, chances are you will not get an ARC simply for this reason. In fact it’s almost a given. Shipping is expensive! If they do it for one, they have to start doing it for everyone. Find a publisher on your side of the pond, whichever side it might be and go after the books there.
Will you share the e-mail address’ you have for “so-and-so” who sent you that ARC?
No. I’m sorry. And here is why. I worked really, really hard to make that personal connection and to reach that one person. It would not only be unprofessional for me to hand out that information and possibly (depending on the person) make me and my blog look bad. You can not expect everyone around you to pour hours and days and sometimes weeks (even years) into finding one professional/personal connection and then just hand it out so you don’t have to.
Anything worth achieving is worth working for. If you don’t believe that, if you’re looking for the instant gratification of this blogging thing then I dare say you are in it for the wrong reason.
Stay tuned and in the coming weeks I’ll post some more things like this