How to Get Free ARCs from Publishers


How to Get Free ARCs from Publishers

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 Part 1: Criteria

 Getting ARCs from publishers is actually pretty easy, but you do need to do some things for that to happen.

  1. Get a blog.

 Obviously, you need a blog to receive ARCs. Publishers want someone who’s consistent in his reading and reviewing books and has an established readership.

  1. Review, review, review

 Publishers like bloggers who write at least two reviews per week and post other book-related posts. It’s up to you to schedule yourself accordingly to your time, but try to be an active blogger.

  1. Experience

 You can’t just create yourself a blog today and expect to receive ARCs tomorrow. That won’t happen because 1) you don’t have the established readership yet and 2) publishers don’t know if they should trust you or not. When you’ve blogged for at least four months, have at least 300 followers on Bloglovin’, WordPress or Blogger – whichever the way you offer your readers to follow you – and have posted posts at least twice a week, then we can talk.

  1. Use social media

Publishers like it when you take pictures of the books they’re giving you for review and post them on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook and mention them. Even just talking about the books you’ve received on Twitter can work. They just like it when you spread the word about their books. You don’t have to be super active on social media, but at least create yourself an account and post something now and then. You can even link your Facebook and Twitter to your blog, so it automatically posts a link to your new posts on your profiles.

 Those are really the main keys to getting ARCs.

 Now, when you have readership, followers, accounts to different social media platforms and are posting  without taking ‘‘hiatuses,’’ then you’re good to request ARCs!

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Part 2: Requesting ARCs

To request ARCs, you have to e-mail the publishers. This is my favorite part. I like writing the e-mails and then receiving replies. I actually enjoy interacting with publishers, because most of them are extremely nice and easygoing.

When you first contact a publisher, you need to present yourself and your blog. Try to include all of the following elements:

  • Name
  • Name of blog
  • Address of blog and other social media platforms
  • What your blog is focused on (Young Adult, New Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary, etc.)
  • How often you review
  • Where you post your reviews
  • What you’re interested in reading
  • Why you want to review books for this publishing house
  • Number of followers
  • Number of visitors on your blog per day and month (unique visitors as well)
  • Page Views
  • Number of comments
  • Your address
  • A thank you

My letter of presentation has changed ever since I first requested books, but it looks something like this.


Hi, HarperCollins!

My name is _____________.

I am a book reviewer of Young Adult books of the fantasy, dystopia, contemporary and paranormal genres mostly, but I can widen my reads to New Adult and Adult titles as well, if the latter contain an ounce of romance. I created my blog, Hit or Miss Books, back in July 2014.

My blog is mainly focused on Young Adult books so, by informing myself on your publishing house company, I realized that I would be honoured to review your to-be-published books.

I post my reviews on my blog, Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I review two to three times a week and have been doing so for more than two years. I also possess a NetGalley account on which I am very active.

Links:

Blog: https://hitormissbooks.wordpress.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lolareviewer/?hl=en

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7eusC5ilQYj_AyNnaSU8_g

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14596170-lola

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hitormissbooks

Followers

  • Youtube: 200
  • Twitter: 1420
  • Goodreads: 3400
  • WordPress: 1200
  • Bloglovin’: 800
  • Instagram: 600
  • Google +: 131

Visitors per month: 5 000

Unique visitors per month: 4 500

Page Views per Month: 10 000

My average of comments per month revolves around 400, and I do my best to interact with my followers, readers and other fellow book bloggers out there.

I would be very interested in a copy of:

– Three Dark Crowns

– The Dark Army

– The Fixes

– Avenged

Here’s my address:

[Insert Address]

Have a great weekend!

Lola


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Part 3: Who to Request from

Now that you know what it takes to get ARCs and how to write an e-mail to request them, you need to know who to send that e-mail to!

I know most of my readers are from the US, but I am a Canadian blogger, so my post wouldn’t be very authentic if I gave you the e-mails of publishing houses in the US, if I’m not working with them, but I’m working with quite a few of them nonetheless.

I’m not going to give you the personal e-mails and names of the publishers I’m in contact with, but I’m going to give you the e-mail addresses you should send your e-mails to.

HarperCollins Canada: hccpublicity@harpercollins.com

St-Martin’s Press – in the US but they don’t seem to mind sending me copies anyway: publicity@stmartins.com

Raincoast Books – this is THE publisher you want to e-mail b/c they distribute books from the majority of MacMillian imprints: publicity@raincoast.com

Simon & Schuster Canada : ChildrensPublicity@simonandschuster.com

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – in the US also: childrens_publicity@hmhpub.com

Random House + Penguin Canada: canadianbloggers@penguinrandomhouse.com

Algonquin Books – US: inquiry@algonquin.com

Sky Horse Publishing – US: publicity@skyhorsepublishing.com

Scholastic Canada: nkritikos@scholastic.ca

Hachette Book Group Canada: publicity@hbgcanada.com

Well, I think we’re going to stop here. There’s a few more, but they are less known publishers and, anyway, you can easily find the e-mail addresses by going on their websites and checking the ‘‘FAQ’’ or ‘‘About Us’’ or ‘‘Contact Us’’ sections. Or just Google ‘‘Harper Collins review copy’’ and the links to find the e-mail addresses usually appear.

Well, I hope you learned a lot and that you’re excited to request your first ARCs! I know I was.

Thank you for reading and good luck.

LOLA

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51 thoughts on “How to Get Free ARCs from Publishers

  1. Great read and super informative. If I ever decide to ask publishers for books to review, I’ll definitely review this again.
    Honestly, I didn’t even know people contacted publishers like this. Amazing.

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  2. Dang! This is so helpful. I’ve heard of people requesting directly from publishers before, but I wasn’t sure what the protocol is there. Thanks for this super helpful post! Really appreciated. 😀😀

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  3. Always helpful information! Over the years, I’ve had to learn more about requesting and the best ways to go about it too. It’s been a fun learning process that’s for sure. 🙂

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  4. This is a really awesome post Lola! I have only requested a couple of books, but haven’t really had the time to do so in the past few months, especially since I am moving all over the place. I’m definitely bookmarking this and sharing with others though! 🙂

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  5. Very informative post! I’m slowly trying to build my own blog up to where I feel comfortable requesting a book from publishers. I’ve gotten several from NetGalley, but I just don’t enjoy reading ebooks as much as the physical copies, so I don’t request as much anymore. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my site will get more popular with the more networking I do.

    And you make a very good point with the social media aspect. I didn’t realize it was so easy to connect with authors until I really started using Twitter!

    Brittany @ Space Between the Spines

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  6. A: This post is fantastic and I cannot wait to refer back to it in the future. B: I am SO impressed by the numbers surrounding your blog and can’t imagine having a blog so massively popular as that. Definitely something to aspire to. C: Just keep on reading on. Thanks for posting this and being awesome! 🙂

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  7. THANK YOU SO MUCH for such an informative post! I’ve always wondered myself about how to get ARC’s! And HOLY CRAP BALLS, I never knew there was so much that goes into it! It’s fascinating and intimidating all at the same time! ❤ I love your blog! IT'S SO PRETTAYYY, LOVE! ❤

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  8. Cool tips! I know though that some Goodreads readers who gets arcs. They have massive followings there though so I guess it helps.

    Now there’s a blog that i know with a group of reviewers and they ech get physical arcs. I know publishers limit one per blog. I’m curious how they do it

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  10. Great post! Super informative! I currently just get my ARCs from Edelweiss and Netgalley. I don’t feel like I’m big enough to go to the publishers directly yet, but when I get there, I am going to be using this!

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  11. You are so beyond nice to post this!!! So many bloggers are very secretive of how they go about contacting publishers and how they go about requesting ARCs. I’ve been blogging a long time and I think I’ve only ever seen 1 other person post a sample email for people to see. You rock!!

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  12. Thank you for the tips, really informative! Anyway I have some questions 😀 Do publishers only give ARC to people who live in the same country as the publisher? Like… it’s easier and cheaper to ship the books. Or do they also give it to people outside their country? Will they ship to other countries or will they give the e-book version or something?

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    • Well, obviously some US publishers do ship ARCs to Canada bloggers, since I receive them, but you always have to check with the publishers. What usually happens is that there is a distributor in your country that distributes books from publishers, like Raincoast Books here with all MacMillian imprints. But don’t be scared to send e-mails even if you’re not sure. They’re not going to be mad. They will either not reply to your e-mail or politely tell you that they don’t ship to your country but can offer you an e-copy (usually). It happened to me with SOHO Press.

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  13. Hey Lola, I have one question: how many weeks/months in advance before the publication day do you have to send your request?
    I’m so confused by that, how do you know when is the right time?
    What if you ask too soon, do they put you on some kind of list?
    and when is too late?

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    • It depends of the publisher. For instance, HMH doesn’t mind if you request, let’s say, Suffer Love, even though it was publisher at the beginning of May. If they still have copies, they’ll send them to you. Now, HarperCollins likes it when you request at least 3 months before the book’s publication, but I suggest request REALLY early and being put on a list, since it’s one of the most popular publishers bloggers request from. Other publishers work with newsletters, so you just have to choose which ones you’re interested in reading when you receive them. It just really depends, but try very early on! Or ask them, there’s not problem in doing that.

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      • Thank you so much. HarperCollins UK actually have two of my most anticipated releases coming out in October so I guess I should request them soon and try my luck.
        I was so confused by this so thanks! 🙂

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  14. Oh my goodness this is exactly what I needed because we just started our blog a little while ago, and I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about doing this! I just hope I can get more followers lol!!

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  16. Dear Lola, Thank you for taking the loveliest picture of my book and for requesting it. I really appreciate your interest. OH, and fantastic post. You’re a well of information! xoxo, erin

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  17. So I see that you should have 300 followers to your blog, and I’m nowhere near that number. I was wondering if you have any tips to run a successful blog? If you could get back to me, I would appreciate it.

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  18. Another option is to sign up for an ARC review service – I use hiddengemsromance.com. Despite the name, they actually send out free ARC books for all genres now. I love them.

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