For many bookish people (including myself), receiving an ARC can be quite a humbling experience . But probably some of you haven’t grasped the concept of an ARC yet. I had personally come across this acronym a lot during my early blogging period, but didn’t understand what it meant until a couple of months ago.
If you google exactly that, you’ll find results concerning arcs, you know; the ones we learned about in geometry? But because reading has become so underrated nowadays, bookish acronyms aren’t that clearly justified. Which is the point of this post.
Although a lot of people would tell you that receiving ARCs requires you having a lot of followers and email subscribers, that’s not completely true. Seeing that I live in a crappy country that no one’s ever heard of, I use Netgalley to request ARCs. What does me having to live in a crappy country have anything to do with requesting ARCs from Netgalley you’d ask? Well, if you’re a committed Netgalley user, you’d notice that requesting some books necessitates you living in a certain country. The countries are usually; USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. For some reason, popular publishers such as Penguin, Simon & Schuster and many others we usually purchase books from, demand that the requester lives in the countries that I’ve previously listed. Other publishers, though, that are a bit less popular, don’t mind that at all. When requesting an ARC, you should know that the publisher will definitely take into consideration your activity on your Blog and on Goodreads. Not to mention, your interests and the kind of books you usually read. Needless to say, books issued from unpopular publishers aren’t necessarily unpleasant. It’s completely the opposite, actually. Books issued from unpopular publishers mean that the author has a certain budget, and publishing books through popular publishers can be pretty expensive. I personally believe that reviewing those unpopular books written by new authors can be a lot more helpful (to the author) than reviewing a new book by Colleen Hoover, or JK Rowling for example, authors whose new books don’t really need promoting.
P.S. Netgalley deals with digital ARCs, if you want a physical copy of a certain book, you should contact the publisher through email. And getting physical copies can be a bit more challenging that getting digital ones.