G’morning, readers! This week the blog has been rather quiet to say the least. I’m not entirely sure why expect perhaps I am running low on ideas for content (thank goodness for random blog tags and archived reviews!). An aim for this blog was to write more conversation-starters, but said writings stay in a folder on one of my many USB drives. This is where I 1.) either don’t
think it’s good enough to share (we are so our own worst critic) or b.) I freak out when it comes time to hit “Publish.” Earlier
this week, I had a question and after talking with Cassie on Twitter about our ARC (Advanced Reader Copies) books, it seemed a good place to start. After all, she too had the same ARCs discussion curiosity as I do.
We all know there are hosts of blogger programs that will generously send out (finished) copies of books to bloggers in exchange for an honest review published on retailer sites as well as our blogs. What we don’t always realize is behind those programs there are publicists who put in much work to accommodate as many bloggers as they have books available. I’ve had the chance to “work
with” some of these publicists thanks to INSPYs and also thanks to the reviews I write here. Nearly all of them are friendly and willing to work with you, and if possible, accommodate a blogger’s request. This seems uniform across the board from publishers like Bloomsbury to inspirational Christian houses like Bethany House or Zondervan. Sometimes a publicist will even kindly offer to
send out an ARC for a novel you request depending on your past history blogging, stats, and the like. Or sometimes it’s because an author has generously reached out asking if you’d like to review an ARC copy of the book. This brings me to today’s topic.
What do you do with your ARCs?
I keep mine proudly sitting on my shelf (especially those I loved) since they are not to be sold nor can you donate them to a library or other such cause. Recently I’ve bought a few finished copies of some of the books I owned as ARCs, which has left me with dual copies not to mention shelf space I could use otherwise. The question boils down to this: what does everyone do with their ARCs? I have seen them offered for giveaways before. Inquiring minds want to know, what’s the best option?
On that track, do authors or publishers have a preference? Or bloggers who have received copious amounts of ARCs, what is your go-to ARC policy?
While talking about publicists I do want to give them a shout-out here as well. They kindly read our emails, consider our requests and often see to it that a book is mailed out. I am beyond appreciative of what they do to help put the books their publishing houses publish into bloggers hands. When I learn I will be receiving an ARC, I confess to doing a little bookish celebratory dance (figuratively speaking, because literally would be awkward) and am always grateful for a chance to have the book read, reviewed and ready to publish in correlation with its release. Their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and I am grateful for every opportunity to review author’s novels.
That’s the topic of today. What do YOU have to say about this ARCs discussion? Any helpful suggestions or tips about ARC copies? Comment below with any thoughts you have.