Yes, this is late. Blame me for (stupidly) making the schedule for this series around finals week. By being SO ORGANIZED I made myself…well…unorganized. Because I had studying and whatnot, but my last final is on Monday and it’s on a relatively easy subject so I have the time to blog again!
And so I shall write this, the last in my etiquette series, several days late, because of my unorganized organization.
Wednesday, March 14th: How to be Awesome at Review Copy Requests/ARCs
So, if you’ve been in the blogging world for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard about ARCs. Also known as galleys, ARCs (Advanced Reviewer/Reader Copy, depending on who you’re talking too) take the form of flimsy paperbacks. They’re sent out, to bookstores, to authors, to libraries, to bloggers, anywhere from 6-3 months before the book is released, and for one reason. Publicity.
That’s why it’s the big bloggers that get the most amount of ARCs. Because they’re the ones that have the most readers, and therefor can give the most publicity to the books. I get a decent amount of ARCs, but not because of my blog stats; I have a “job” (I say “job” because I don’t get paid to do it) writing the short little blurbs or reviews for a local bookstore. But, that’s not the way most people do it.
- I mean, it should go without saying, but don’t brag if you get an ARC or a large amount of ARCs or an ARC of a wildly anticipated book, or whatever. It’s perfectly fine to be excited! But make sure people understand it is EXCITED.
- Always thank the publisher. These books cost money to produce, they cost money to ship, and they don’t get paid in return. If it’s an author who sent it to you, the same rules apply.
- If you post a photo of the book, it’s also nice to tag the author and publisher/whoever sent it to you.
- I’ve talked about it a little bit in the book signing post, but if you bring an ARC to a signing, make sure you either ALSO have a hardcopy of the book or at least three other books by the author. Because the publisher doesn’t get paid for the ARC. The author doesn’t get paid for the ARC. And if you only bring them an ARC to sign, I’m sure it’s disappointing.
- REVIEW THE BOOK. Seriously, you were sent this book so you could review it. And, yes, if you work with publishers enough sometimes you’ll get unsolicited ARCs that you don’t want to read/don’t have time to read or review, but really. You want to review 99% of the ARCs you get.
- And if you read the book, and really, really love the book…buy the book if you can. Because remember, publishers/authors don’t make money off of these books, they’re spending money to give it to you. But an actual, physical, real book supports the author, supports the publisher, supports the industry.
- If you want an ARC, don’t ask for one after the publication date, because that tells whoever you’re asking that you want to read the book, but not enough to buy it or request it from the library.
- Also, unless it explictly says somewhere on an author’s website that they’ll consider reader’s requests for their ARCs, don’t contact them asking for ARCs.
- Don’t post any spoilers before the publication date. REALLY, DON’T.
- It’s always better to ask the publisher/author’s permission before running a giveaway with an ARC before the publication date.
So, bloggings, as always, anything to add/take away from this list? Are you currently in the midst of finals week, or have you already finished? If you already finished, how’d it go? If you’re still in the middle of it, when does it end?