Book Love

Published on September 11th, 2014 | by Hayley


ARCs and How to Get Them

If you’re looking for something to do with your spare time and are as much of a book nerd as those of us here at the O’Deary Library you might be thinking “I should start a book blog.” The obvious answer being probably. Creating your own blog is pretty easy – but in case you’re not sure how, check out Ruby Skye P.I.’s article on how to start your own blog

Once you’ve got your book blog going you’ll be in need of books to review. Sure you can go and buy books for your collection or borrow from your local library but did you know you can also receive new books to review for free? Publisher’s call them Advanced Reader Copies or ARCs. There are many ways to sign up to receive ARCs and I’m going to tell you a few of the ways to get them.

goodreads is best known as the site that lets you track your reading habits – what you’ve read, what you’re currently reading, what ARCyou’d like to read. There’s also groups you can join of like-minded people reading the same stuff as you and it’s a great way to stay up-to-date on what your favourite authors and publishers are up to. But you can also get books from goodreads. Now in this case it’s a little hit and miss but you can enter countless contests for new books under the goodreads First Reads banner. Always worth a try.

Library Thing
Styled as the “world’s largest book club” Library Thing is a great way to support self published authors. Like goodreads it’s a great way to keep track of your reading habits, see what others are reading and what’s popular and what’s not. But you can also sign up to receive eArcs through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers.

NetGalley is probably the premiere site to gain access to yet-to-be-published works. Just about every major publisher uses it. All ARCs issued through the site are ebooks so you need an eReader, smartphone or computer in order to read whatever you receive approval for.  The site itself is pretty easy to navigate.

1. You need to sign up
2. Once you’re signed up you need to fill out your profile – be as thorough as possible. Provide analytics that show what kind of traffic and feedback your site gets. The more info you provide the better your chances of being approved for an ARC.
3. Find titles – you can search for titles by genre, title, author or you can browse through different publishers.
4. Submit a request – once you find a title you think you’d like to read all you need to do is hit request and wait.

You can also go directly to the source and request review copies from the publishers. Each publisher has their own specific requirements and ways requests should be made and this info can all be found on their websites.

HarperCollins Canada
Simon & SchusterPenguin Random House

Remember ARCs are a quid pro quo deal – the books are free but you are expected to write a thorough review.

But once the ARCs start rolling in you can get to work reading and reviewing.


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About the Author

Hayley Kelman is a writer, blogger and all around social media enthusiast living in Toronto. She currently acts as Social Media coordinator for the original, Canadian web series Ruby Skye P.I. (and loves every minute of it.)

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