So one thing that had me interested in getting into doing reviews were ARCs. I will freely admit, again, that I am a decidedly cheap bastard and while I love to read and get books, my wallet does not love it. It also doesn’t love my obsession with video games but thats another problem entirely.
Watching episodes of Mailbag Monday by SFF180 didn’t help. How awesome would it be to have books delivered to your door, more then you could ever hope to read? You could find gems you did not even know existed.
However, I am nothing if not a realist. NetGalley is certainly a godsend when it comes to getting stuff to read for free, in exchange for my thoughts and what little press I can give the authors. And of course I have a huge backlog of things I can reread and review finally (oh Midkemia books I am looking at you!).
What I have done however is do some searching, and while I found a few various articles detailing things about getting ARCs and the like…I never saw anything that directly gave a good path and suggestions for it.
The thread links directly to 3 distinct parts of an editorial written by ATUF. I am going to copy the links here as written.
Now granted I don’t intend to follow their path exactly. But the advice seems solid.
Part 1 details things like NetGalley, and other sites like Goodreads and how to go about entering ARC Giveaways and the like. I was aware of NetGalley obviously and Goodreads, but LibraryThing is a new one and I may have to check out.
Part 2 is where the fascinating stuff comes in. Seeing what boils down to an interview with publicists about requirements and pet peeves in regards to ARC requests is awesome. It amazes me that people would not send an address when asking for a physical object to be mailed? And getting an authors name mispelled?
Part 3 is just some general organizational tips as well as the tenant of DO NOT RESELL YOUR ARCS. This one confuses me. It never occured to me to ask for these sort of things with the intent to resell them. But I suppose if you got a copy of say some new JK Rowling book set in the Potter universe you could post that on ebay a few months in advance and make a killing.
I am too honest to do such a thing, but I can see it happening.
If you are curious about getting physical ARCs and have no idea where to start I suggest checking out the posts above. The blog itself is great and the advice contained is still relevant, even if it was written a few years ago.
Another handy resource I found is this blog post here.
And if you do get ARCs why not throw some advice down in the comments below!