Bookish Question – How do you get ARCS?

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How do you get ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of books?

Recently, the lovely Anna in Spain asked me how I got my ARC copies of books.  And that is a great question.  If you’re new to book reviewing, you probably don’t know where to start to get ARCs for review, which leaves you reviewing books that have already been published – meaning there are probably plenty of other reviews out there. 

ARC books can be hard to come by.  You can contact a publisher and request an ARC to review, but usually only websites and papers with the largest audiences are able to get these. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still become a reviewer, you just have to look for alternatives. That’s why I was thrilled when one of the lovely book blogs I follow over on Tumblr was kind enough to mention that many of her ARCs (or “galley copies”) came from a website called NetGalley.

I decided to check this NetGalley out, and I’m so glad that I did.  You can sign up to be a member for free, and some books/publishers are available to reviewers regardless of their reviewer status.  This means that you can be completely new to the whole reviewer thing and still have access to the books. As a reviewer, you can request access to the books that aren’t immediately available, and based on your past reviews (usually that you have actually reviewed the books you have requested) the publisher will determine whether or not to give you access to the review copy.

The ARCs are provided in digital format (tho you can state that you prefer print copies if they are available) so I read all of my ARCs in my Kindle App on my phone.  When I have finished the book, I always make sure to post my review of the book to NetGalley and my blog.  But if you don’t have a blog, don’t worry, there are plenty of places to post your review like Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

If you have any other questions about how you can become a reviewer and get access to ARCs, let me know.



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