Monday, August 2, 2010

How to Get ARC's

ARC's are a very big topic in the blogosphere and I have especially seen a lot of posts having to do with how new bloggers shouldn't create a blog just to get free books. I totally agree with them but it's also the blogger's preference and they can start their own blog for whatever reason (it doesn't matter if they want free books or just have a genuine love for books). Ok, so you're probably wondering if I am going to give you the whole lecture too, well I'm not. I know a lot of blogger like ARC's and most of them wonder how on earth they can get them (especially the ones they are really looking forward to). So I am going to share a lot of ways you will be able to get to read those beloved ARC's.

1. Giveaways

First of all, giveaways. Bloggers all over the blog world hold contests and giveaways every day-you just have to keep your eyes out for them. And most of the giveaways are for very popular ARC's. But if you have no idea where to begin, how about you start here: Link a Contest Thursday is a meme hosted at Bookworming in the 21st Century. This is a meme where everyone goes to link their contests, all you have to do is click on the links and enter them. But if you really want to get your hands on Matched by Ally Condie, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer or The Replacement by Brenda Yovanoff, here are a few contests that bloggers are holding: Nikki at Nikki Kantz  (is giving away an ARC of Matched by Ally Condie), and DJ's Life in Fiction is holding a huge giveaway (including Matched by Ally Condie, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, The Replacement by Brenda Yovanoff, and much more). I would just recommend to keep your eyes open for these contests because they really are all over the place. And if you don't feel comfortable joining these giveaways-don't fret, it's totally fine. I recommend not to do anything you don't feel comfortable doing.

2. ARC Tours

Another great way to read those popular ARC's are by joining ARC Tours. ARC Tours are sites where you usually leave a comment under a book you really want to read. The host, will then put the bloggers in order and the one (or two) ARC's will be passed from blogger to blogger. At the end of the Tours you will have to write a review. This is a great way to get ARC's but you don't get to keep them and you will have to pay for sending the books onto the next person. I have just started my own ARC Tour Site titled Smitten With Books ARC Tours-so go and check it out if you are interested

Here are all of the ARC Tours that I know of:
-Around The World Tours (United States only)
-One ARC Tours (United States only)
-Other Shelf Tours (United States only)
-Traveling ARC Tours (United States and Canada only)
-Star Books Tours (United States only)
-We Love YA! Tours (United States only)
-Jami's YA Tours (United States only)
-Crazy Book Tours (United States only)
-Romance Book Tours (United States only)
-Book it Forward Tours (United States only)
-International Book Tours (International)
-Good Golly Miss Holly ARC Tours (International)

I know there are a few others, but I can't think of them right now-so if you know of any more please comment and tell me and I will add them to the list.

3. Websites

I know websites is a very broad category but I am talking about sites that giveaway ARC's for free.

  • Net Galley- A lot of bloggers have joined this website because it is so easy and you get to read books on your electrical devices (such as Kindle, PC, Adobe). That being said-Net Galley is only for electronical books. So if you have a hard time reading books on the computer or don't have a kindle-then I won't recommend this site for you.
  • Library Thing- Each month Library Thing opens up a huge batch of books under Early Reviewers. You first have to sign up (and it's free) and then you can enter to win the books. There are a lot of bloggers who do this and enter to win every single book, so it is very rare that you do win one-I haven't yet. But maybe this will be your lucky day, and it's free so what's it going to hurt?
  • Pulse It- This is a teen group (only for teens) that is held by Simon and Schuster. Every couple weeks they put books on the website that you can read for free on your computer. And once again you can only read them on your computer-but they have some great choices sometimes. For example, right now you can read One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholt, and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour online for free if you are member.
I know that I didn't even cover half the websites that offer ARC's for free but I hope I covered a few that you guys will be interested in joining. I am apart of every single one of these websites and I really enjoy them. They are great for book lovers

4. Publishers

This is probably the most convenient way to receive ARC's in the mail and you get to keep them. First of all, anyone can type up an email to a publisher and ask for a certain ARC-but is it right? I believe that before you send an email to a publisher's publicity that you should have a strong following and a frequently updated blog. This will up the chances that the publishers will actually send you the ARC you requested. And they most likely will if they see that you are polite, have a good blog, and if they have any extra ARC's to giveaway.

And you may be asking me how many followers you should have before you get up the nerve to ask the big guys for books. Well, I don't really know. The first time I asked for an ARC that I really wanted-I had 180 followers and got rejected. But I also emailed another publisher when I had 180 followers and the next few days, I received the book I asked for. I was so excited and it shows that different publishers have different stats that they go by. It never hurts to ask for a book, though-so don't be afraid that they will reject you.

You also may be wondering, what you should put in the email. Well when I query for an ARC, I always put the name of my blog (with a link-so they can check it out easily) and something about my blog. I tell them that I am a Young Adult book blogger and sometimes even review Adult books. And then I state my statistics. I recommend you get Google Analytics for this because publishers like to know how many unique views you receive in a week or a month. And then I throw in how many followers I have (I don't know if this is wrong, right, good, or bad-but I do it anyway). And then this is important: Don't forget to type out your home address in the email. They are very busy and won't bother emailing you back for the address so just type it in the first time. And they might not even email you back to tell you that your book is coming, it just might show up a week later in your mailbox. So don't be nervous about asking or get mad when they don't grant your requests.

And then maybe if you're lucky and you start getting a big following, the publishers or authors will be contacting you to review their books. This is also very exciting, and your time will come so just be patient and enjoy blogging without having to worry about reading and reviewing books all the time. 

So I hope this information was helpful and I hope you guys learned a few ways to get ARC's. A few other bloggers have created posts like this-so I also recommend reading The Story Siren's- Advance Readers Copies: What you need to know, and Presenting Lenore's- New Book Blogger FAQ, for even more information and facts that I may have not covered. And if you have questions that you want to ask privitely-email me and I will be happy to answer them


Jenny said...

Thanks for this post! As a new blogger it's always nice and helpful to have suggestions from more experienced reviewers.

Amanda said...

Amazing post!!

Goodreads also hosts giveaways for ARCS and new releases, they call it First Reads. I don't know how many people know about it but I've won once through it. It's at

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I'm loving the book tours...They are a great way to read new books. And, I will still purchase books if I loved them. It's fairly inexpensive, too. Each book I read for an ARC tour has cost me between 3-10 dollars in shipping. Not too shabby!

Thanks for the post!

Donna said...

Another way to get ARCs is by going through the author's publicist. If you can't find that information, I've emailed the author directly, blubbered about how much I'd like to read their book and asked for their publicist's information so I could request an ARC for review. I've had a lot of success doing that. Just don't ask the author directly. They're not the ones with the endless pile of ARCs (really, no one is but authors usually have the fewest).

Steph said...

Morgan, Thanks for this. I have been in this for 4 months and this will be a great help.Kudos!

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Medeia Sharif said...

Thanks for this info. It's very helpful. I'm already using Net Galley.

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Gwenny said...

Great post. Curious though, as I am Canadian and the ones listed don't seem to work for me would one go about starting their own book tour for other bloggers to join?


Kristen said...

Hey lady! Just wanted to let you know I've moved Link a Contest Thursday over to but it's still on Thursdays! Thanks for the promo! :)

Anonymous said...

I have actually never requested an ARC from a publisher. When I first created my blog ( I built in a page and contact form for someone to request me to review their book. Within two weeks I was receiving inquiries from authors and publishers. I did the same when I began migrating my website over to

I have found that if you have a place for them to submit a request, they will do so. I even had a marketing intern from Simon & Schuster send me two ARC's in my first month.

Ankita Singhal said...

Thank you... that was really helpful....

Jeanette Pekala said...

Awesome Post. I'm just learning about ARC's now. I can't believe they exist and I'm excited about them. I'm getting deeper into the blogosphere...

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