Tuesday, December 14, 2010

This is an ARC. A What?


A what? Ohhh. An ARC!

Happy Tuesday, fellow book lovers!

So today I am covering a few need-to-know places!


NetGalley is a magical place where anyone who is willing to write reviews is welcome. You can request all of the books you would like, and if they are approved, they are yours for 60 days in electronic format (which is really called a Galley copy, hence the website name, but it’s really the same as an ARC). I <3 NetGalley. I have only been turned down once so far, so that is nice. (I was hurt and now am debating about going back on my promise to not buy the book, which shall remain nameless, because they told me no.) It is a free membership and is totally worth it. Also, I have been hearing a lot about people not wanting to sign up until they think they can get the books, I registered and requested books on the first day of my blog life and was approved for a few books. So don't sweat it and get on that!

2) Shelf Awareness

Shelf Awareness is a daily email about what is happening in the book realm. I love having information about upcoming releases and all things book emailed to me keeps me up to date with what I need to be reviewing. They also have contests for free hardcopy ARCs, not every day, but it is something to keep an eye out for. I have not been able to get any off of this site yet, but I have a feeling that there are a lot of people that enter in those giveaways...but it is still worth the shot. You can check them out at: if you get an ARC from there before me, I want pictures! lol!

3) Librarything

I have not had much experience with Library Thing yet, but there are contests to receive ARCs from them. You really have to look to find their ARC page. As of yesterday, they had all contests closed. But you should check back regularly to see what they have. You can check them out at:

4) Bold Options

I would imagine this would work better when you are an established blogger (unlike myself who can only dream about the day when wonderful people ask her to read their book...ahh sweet dreams)...but you can always go the old fashion route and stalk an author and then beg for a copy of the book that you have been lusting over since before they started writing it...(I promise that I'm not doing this...yet) or you can email/call/write and beg a publisher or maybe even an agent to release a copy to you (if said author say...puts a restraining order on you...) Penguin seems to release a few to major places and to Shelf Awareness. So, I would say when in doubt ask them.

Those are the options I have learned about in the past week. Does anyone else have other ideas of where to track down these elusive pieces of gold?


Anonymous said...

Great post, Jessica! Lots of useful info. I'm running to sign up for Shelf Awareness now.

Jessica K. said...

Thanks, Logan! Its a realllyyy long email...just fyi...but totally worth it!

Emma Michaels said...

I am a new follower! YEAY!!! Hope you will stop by my blog and follow back!

Emma Michaels

Small Review said...

Goodreads has a First Reads program where you can request ARCs that are being offered. I did it for the first time this month and I already won an ARC! I'm pretty sure you only need a Goodreads account to request.

Contests on blogs are also another great way to win ARCs.

Juju at Tales of said...

I LOVE NetGalley :) Great post!

I wouldn't take it personal. The bigger your blog gets the more and more people will toss books at you ;)

Jessica K. said...

Yeah, I figured as just hurt my wittle! ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm hooked up on NetGalley & Shelf Awareness, but I didn't know Librarything -- thanks!

As for #4, well... I've already had 3 people contact me asking for a copy of SPIRIT-HUNTERS! I had to say: "Sorry, but, um... It's not even PUBLISHED YET. Contact me again in a year!" :D

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