The Book Blogosphere is getting bigger and bigger every day – it has gotten so big in the last ten years that I find it hard to navigate sometimes. And some of the hardest places to navigate are actually getting those books to review.
The ARC and review copy are the backbone of our blogs. If we don’t have books to read, we can’t review them and to stay with trends, it’s always good to read the new books. Getting new books means we are in search of ARCs and review copies. You can go about this in a few different ways. If you want to read a scolding post about the “proper” way to blog for ARCs or a holier-than-though post about the care and feeding of ARCs, this isn’t it. If you are in search of ARCs for nefarious purposes, my two cents will probably not sway you, so I’m just going to lay out the facts.
- The first WAY to get an ARC is by requesting them. To do this you need to get an email address for the publisher and the RIGHT one. These are usually handled via interns or Marketing Assistants, which tend to change a lot, but usually, each publisher has a general email address and that general email address will be forwarded to the person handling the marketing for that particular book. To get the email address do a google search “Publisher Name, Request Review Copies.” Searches like this will lead you to pages like this. Know the book you want, know the publisher and then request. Follow the rules for each imprint. Write a nice email (channel professionalism, think job interview or query letter) and request your book. Quick tip – put the Book Title and ISBN number in the subject with the words REVIEW REQUEST. (See email list below)
- Contact the Author directly. This doesn’t work all the time, usually an author has only a few ARCs of their book and if an author is with a traditional publishing house, they’ll have PR people handling their reviews. Authors that are with boutique presses, indie and are self-published will handle their own ARCs, so you’ll have better luck with contacting these authors.
- Online Outlets. In today’s market, bloggers are being directed to online sites like NetGalley and Edelweiss, it is probably your most likely chance to get an ARC of a book. These will be digital galleys. (See List Below)
- Conventions are an amazing way to get ARCs. If you can afford to attend a convention like ALA, BEA, RT … to name a few, you’ll have your choice of ARCs. The publishers have printed ARCs for the sole purpose of handing them out to media, bloggers, librarians and publishing professionals that attend these conventions.
FYI – I specifically did not include groups that trade ARCs, you can get ARCs this way, but I have not used them in the past and only recommend the sites that get permission from the Author and the Publisher. If you haven’t gotten permission to “trade” or lend out your ARC, the publisher might not like this and prevent you from getting ARCs in the future. Since I personally have not vetted any of these sites, I thought it would be prudent to not include them. This does not mean they are not legit, just that I can not certify them. Thanks for understanding. Now that you are ready…check out the list below and have fun. I look forward to reading your reviews!
Where to get eARCs and Review Copies?Online Sites & Requests Via Publishers
Direct Request Contact Pages:
- Penguin Random House
Media Queries Page
Imprint Emails Page
Publicity Contact Pages
- Simon & Schuster
Media Emails Page by Imprint
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Press Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes the publishers will have reader/blogger sites that offer ARCs. Most of the time it works best if you direct request from the publisher, but a lot of bloggers have gotten ARCs and review copies from the groups.