Thursday Thoughts: Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs)

Thursday Thoughts: Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs)

Thursday Thoughts

As a blogger, YouTuber or generally bookish person, have you ever received an ARC? Did you request it or did they reach out to you? What advice regarding ARCs would you give to bloggers/reviewers who are just starting out? Do you have a preference between physical ARCs and eARCs? Do you have a specific plan or technique you go by in order to stay organized when it comes to reading and reviewing ARCs?

I have received a few ARCs. Most of them through Netgalley (eARCS), a few physical ARCs in Goodreads giveaways*, and a few from authors. I have not received physical ARCs from publishers (at least not with the obligation to review).

For me, reading is first and foremost a hobby, something I do for fun and most of all to relax. That’s why, to be honest, I am careful with ARCs. The point of ARCs is that, in return for receiving them, you write a review. They can feel like a chore if you’re not into the book or if the book is a let-down. No matter what, you still have to write something sensible about the book. Personally, I am a serious mood reader, so I make sure not to request too many ARCs, and to only request ARCs for books that I am genuinely interested in. I have no intention to get drowned in ARCs when my shelf is full of books that I desperately want to read as well. That’s why I’m 100% okay with not being on any publisher’s list for physical ARCs (my blog is too small anyway).

Don’t get me wrong, I do review ARCs, for a few reasons. For one, there are books out there that I am really looking forward to and receiving an ARC helps both me and the publisher 😉 But another reason is that I might simply want to promote the books. For example, I specifically request ARCs in the LGBT genre because I want to promote the genre as a whole. Same goes for Japanese literature.

My only technique for ARCs is: read them asap. In other words, read them when I’m still excited about them. If I don’t, they soon become this big thing that I keep procrastinating on XD

My tips for (new) bloggers
ARCs can feel a bit intimidating. I found it hard to start, personally. So here are some tips:

  1. My experience was that Netgalley is the best place to begin. It’s easy to navigate without getting overwhelmed, and very user-friendly.
  2. Make sure to have some content on your blog, reviews included, before you start requesting. The longer you have been active and producing (your own) content, and the more regularly you post, the better then chances are you will be approved for ARCs.
  3. Only request books you are truly interested in and that actually fit the theme of your blog.
  4. As I said before: Do not request too many books at once! Don’t get overwhelmed. Also make sure to request books you know you will actually read.
  5. Don’t get discouraged if you get denied for books. You’ll be accepted for a review copy eventually.
  6. Make sure to review the ARCs you receive in a timely manner and don’t forget to leave feedback through Netgalley as well, to improve your stats.

*) I don’t really count those ARCs I received in Goodreads giveaways, because there is no obligation to review. It helps if you review, but it’s not absolutely necessary.

4 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts: Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs)

  1. I totally agree with you – the feeling when I get an ARC (not that I get many, mind you) is usually one of obligation, as well as pleasure. I started my blog in order to have a creative outlet and a place to ramble about books a bit, so this “must read and review” feeling doesn’t really feel that good… I know a lot of bigger blogs have the policy that they accept ARCs “for review consideration”, meaning they won’t necessarily review what they receive, but I don’t really agree with that. If you get something for free, the least you can do is do a little something in return… But maybe I’ll change my opinion if I ever get 20 ARCs a month (not that it’s very likely to happen) 🙂
    I also agree with getting only the ARCs that you’re really interested in – this is something I’ll be working on in the future.
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    1. I agree with ‘if you get something for free, the least you can do is a little something in return’ in the shape of a review. But yeah, that’s definitely why I’m cautious accepting ARCs. At this point I am at 1-2 ARCs month and that’s more than enough for me 🙂

  2. I love ARCs, they are one of the reasons why I started my blog. But I kind of abused it all and got so many I can’t see myself out of them. I got e-ARCs as well as paper ones from publishers, but it’s rare because I’m from Slovenia. As much as it bothers me sometimes, I am sort of glad as well, because I know I’d never be able to keep up. No matter how good my English is, it’s still my 2nd language, so I read much more slowly in it than I would in my native language. It shows when I rarely finish a book in a day.
    Besides, ARCs have been pretty lame lately so I decided to pass on most of them except those huge ones I really really want. It’s just easier for me and my score, and I also read by mood so often I feel grumpy I ‘have’ to read a crappy ARC when I could enjoy something better.
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    1. I must say I have always been impressed by how many reviews you got done on your blog 🙂
      I dunno, my bookshelves are so full and all of them are books I want to read eventually… I guess that means I don’t often write about the latest release orz but I’ll accept that. And my blog isn’t big enough to get accepted for any of the real interesting new releases so I’ve given up on that haha ^^; Still it’s fun to read a book ahead of its publication date 🙂

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