Hello, fellow readers! As promised, I am finally sharing how to request ARCs from publishers. The original post was SO long, so I decided to split it in two parts. Today’s post will have some helpful tips and tricks and mistakes to avoid on Netgalley.
What is an ARC?
An ARC is an Advance Reading Copy of an upcoming book release. Physical ARCs are usually very cheaply made and are not available for sale. You should never sell or buy an ARC. You can also acquire eARCs, or electronic ARCs, from websites like NetGalley and Edelweiss.
How do you acquire ARCs?
You can acquire ARCs by attending book conferences, like Book Expo and BookCon, by joining NetGalley or Edelweiss, or by directly emailing publishers.
How do I get started?
If you are new to book reviewing, whether on bookstagram, booktube, or a book blog, I recommend signing up for NetGalley and requesting eARCs first. I actually joined NetGalley before I ever created a bookstagram account or book blog.
NetGalley is much easier to navigate then Edelweiss in my opinion. It is free to create an account on NetGalley. Once you create an account, you have to edit your profile, including where you blog, preferred genres, and reading device. You can also link your social media accounts, like Goodreads and Twitter, to your account.
I recommend starting with NetGalley because you can build up your catalog of reviews by cross posting to Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. When you decide to request a physical ARC from a publisher, it is good to have an online presence already so they will feel that sending an ARC to you will be beneficial to them.
Once you have edited your profile and uploaded a profile picture, you can start requesting books immediately! There are four options for requesting books: Request, Read Now, Wish For It, or Auto Approvals. Most books have the Request option. This means the publisher will review your profile before granting you an eARC of the title.
There are many books with the Read Now option, and I really messed up with these books when I first joined NetGalley. Books with the Read Now option are immediately uploaded to your account, which sounds great until you realize you have eight books loaded on your account to review!
You can use the Wish For It option for books that are upcoming releases, but are not available on NetGalley. I have had wishes granted on NetGalley before, so don’t be afraid to try it!
The last option, Auto Approval, is one I do not have experience with yet. Sometimes a publisher will add you to their auto approval list, which means every book they upload on NetGalley will be available to you immediately if you want to read and review the title.
I went a little crazy with requesting books when I first created my account because I did not realize there was a Request and Read Now option. I did read most of the books I initially requested, but if your feedback ratio is low, you will not be approved as often by publishers! The recommended ratio is 80%, which means of the books you have requested, you have provided a review for 80% of them. I don’t think my account has ever had an 80% feedback ratio because of the books I requested when I joined, but I am working on improving my number! Also, if you choose not to provide a review, that will count against your ratio. So even if I DNF a title, I still provide a review for the book on NetGalley now.
I hope this post was helpful! Part two will focus on requesting physical ARCs! If you have other helpful tips for using NetGalley, please leave them in the comments!