Blogmas 2019 | So You Want to Request ARCs from Publishers? (Part 2)

Hello, fellow readers! Today’s blogmas post will be part two of my series on requesting ARCs from publishers. If you are interested in eARCs on Netgalley, you can view that guide in part one.

How do I get physical ARCs?

The best way to get physical ARCs is simple: you just need to start asking! I know it seems intimidating to email a publisher and ask for a hot release, but until you ask, you will never start receiving books.

Who do I email?

I’ve seen posts sharing massive lists of publisher emails, but I am not going to do that. For one thing, if you want to receive ARCs, you need to be willing to put in some work for it.

But the main reason I’m not going to share email addresses is because many times, I have emailed the generic publicity email from a publisher’s website and gotten a reply from someone’s personal account. I am not sure it is against the rules to share those contacts, but I certainly don’t want to take the risk. But also, and I can’t reiterate this enough, you need to be willing to do the research and digging if you really want to get your hands on that ARC!

So how do I know who to contact?

This is where you have to do some research. The first thing I do when I want to request an ARC is head over to the book on Goodreads. Find the publisher and the release date. If a book releases more than three months from now, I will add it to my new releases spreadsheet and wait until closer to the release date to request it.

Now that you know who is publishing the book, head over to Google. You can try many searches, like “[publisher] ARC request,” “[publisher] publicity contact,” or “[publisher] email.” If these searches are dead ends, then go directly to the publisher’s website and scroll to the bottom. There is almost always a link for “Contact” and “Publicity.” Start there. Those pages usually have a publicity contact or even a link to an ARC request form page. Every publisher does things a little bit differently, so that is another reason I don’t want to share email addresses. I know Celadon and Fierce Reads have forms to fill out, so I try to do that instead of emailing someone directly.

What do I say?

In my email to publishers, I start by introducing myself and the type of books I review on my blog and bookstagram account. I include brief stats about both platforms in this section: followers, views, and impressions.

Next, I get right down to business and list the ARC(s) I am requesting. I have never requested more than two books at a time. This is another time that some research or organization is useful. I always double check my upcoming releases spreadsheet and see if this publisher has another book I may want to request.

After I list the title(s), I tell the publisher why it would be worth their time to send me the book. Maybe I’ve reviewed a similar title or a book by the same author before. I also leave a link to a blog post here so they can see my work.

Finally, I leave my contact information and thank the publisher for their time. It is always a good idea to send your mailing address in your initial email because publishers are busy people. Most of the time, I never receive a reply from an ARC request email. Books either show up or they don’t!

Final Thoughts

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t receive every book you request. Publishers print limited copies of ARCs, and they may not have any copies left. This is why I always include my NetGalley account in my email. If they can’t send me a physical ARC, then I am always willing to read an eARC through NetGalley!

It is very easy to get caught up in requesting ARCs. Before you know it, you may have a dozen books that need to be read and reviewed. After all, the purpose of a publisher sending you an ARC is so you will actually read it and share your review with the book community. Nothing irritates me more than to watch booktube videos or see bookstagram posts where others have received an ARC of something I really wanted to read, but then they never actually read the book or review it. So please don’t request books unless you actually intend to read it and review it!

I hope you found this guide helpful! The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to step out of your comfort zone and try! You will never know until you ask.

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