A Guide to ARCS | #1 Emailing Publishers – Featuring Jess from Bookends And Endings

Requesting ARCs (or Advance Reader Copies) can be hard, because not only do you need the right contact details, you also need to convince the publisher you are the right person for their book. You need to show them you’re committed, have an audience and that you are interested in the book they’re going to publish. ARCs are distributed, usually, a few months before they are getting published. They are distributed for the purpose of reviewing, and to spread the word about the book. For internationals, it can be even harder to request ARCs due to high shipping costs and restrictions from the publishers.

This post will be part of what I hope will be a series on different aspects of getting ARCs. This first post will be about physical ARCs, there will be a post containing contact info for internationals and further tips and pointers, a post about Netgalley and Edelweiss and probably a post about other ways of getting ARCs (I’m not sure about the specifics yet). Let me know if this is something you’re interested in! This first post, and guide, is written by the amazing Jess from BookendsAndEndings, so definitely check out her blog and give her some love!

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Blogging as an International | Access to books and ARCs

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while now, and with the recent developments with Netgalley and Goodreads, I think it is the perfect time to talk about this. I won’t be going into depth about the developments on Netgalley and Goodreads because it has been talked about a lot already, and I don’t want to repeat the same things.

As you probably know, I’m not from the US. In fact, I’m from the Netherlands (you know that small country in Europe with clogs and cheese? except that there are barely any clogs to be found in the entire country). Since our native language is Dutch, there are already a couple of disadvantages to reading English books. But more about that later. This post is in no way supposed to come across as if I’m ungrateful for anything, or that I would be entitled to things other bloggers do get, or anything like that. I just wanted to talk about how for internationals, it can be a bit harder to get access to the same things others get easy access to.

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