The Blog Squad: Part 28

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions. 


Does location matter when requesting a print review copy? 

Absolutely. You should always check if you can request a print copy from your most ‘local’ publisher. For example a book published by Sourcebooks in the USA might actually be being published by Hachette Australia in Australia! I think you have more chance of success requesting from your local market however this is not guaranteed and it’s not to say that you WON’T have success requesting from another country.

ABSOLUTELY! Let me explain this with an example I faced recently. I had requested for “Before She Ignites” from Harper Collins Children UK and a couple days later I got a mail from the publicist. The gist of the mail said - “We aren’t publishing ‘Before She Ignites’ here. I would suggest getting in touch with our US counterparts-. She was also the sweetest person and gave me the contact of the US publicist whom I ought to contact.

My conclusion from this is that sometimes some books aren’t published in a country. They’re published elsewhere and only distributed here. Being in India I know for sure that HC India doesn’t publish all the books HC US does so I check and double check every country website before I send in a request email.

Do you have to read an unsolicited ARC? 

You should never feel pressured to read an unsolicited ARC - especially if it’s not even in your normal realm of reading. It’s always nice to try them if you can, but don’t feel pressured to do it. The publisher maybe sent them because they thought it might be something that you would like or perhaps they want more publicity for the book so in this case it would be nice to feature the book in a ‘Stacking the Shelves’ post or a bookmail Instagram.

It’s very different from an ARC that you actually REQUESTED. In that case - you have to read it.

You definitely don’t HAVE to read unsolicited copies. I recently received two from Pan Macmillan India that are not my most favorite genre but since they’re unsolicited I’m just going to pick them up whenever I feel like it. Unsolicited copies, as Di says are extra copies they had. Sometimes I receive old ARCs. Publishers don’t have much use for ARCs after the book has been published so they send it off to bloggers who might enjoy reading it. I received an ARC of Windfall from the publisher recently even though the book has been out for a while.

What is your opinion on selling ARCs? 

No . . . Just NO! ARC copies should NEVER be sold.

Advanced Reader Copies are free, unproofed copies of a new book that are given out by a publisher before the book is printed. Authors ARE NOT PAID for these copies and in fact often have to make an INVESTMENT in ARC copies that are then given out to reviewers, bookstores, magazines, libraries and book bloggers.

It is true that for most titles the ARCs will represent one of the biggest outlays of the marketing budget and they are given away for FREE.

Every book sold makes a difference to the success of that particular book and it’s author and publisher. By selling ARCs you are taking away from that success and the author receives nothing.

One of the best things to do with a physical ARC is to freely give it to another reviewer so that they too have a chance to read and review and continue the buzz about that book.

The more times a person sees a book around, the more likely they are to add it to their TBR.
Running a giveaway can also help get that book onto people’s radar, even if just for a moment so this is also good publicity and I think an acceptable practice for bloggers.

If you don’t want to do either of the above, you could donate the book (but not to a library because if I’m correct they aren’t allowed to use ARCs to lend and they also cannot sell them). You could donate them to a teacher, a prison, books for soldiers or even a shelter or charity that would be able to use the books for people that may not be able to afford their own.

OMG NO!!! They’re exclusive for reviewers and are a part of the marketing plan. When I say that I mean, AUTHORS DON’T GET ANY MONEY FOR ARCs, SOMETIMES THEY IN FACT HAVE TO SPEND ON ARCs. I believe that if you feel you no longer want an ARCs, you could host a giveaway for it on Instagram, your blog or Twitter. I believe on Twitter if you look up the hashtags #booksfortrade or #arcsfortrade you can exchange ARCs with other bloggers. Have blogger friends who you think might like the story? Pass it on! These are all acceptable things you can do with ARCs you no longer want. But please DO NOT SELL IT.

Come check out my answers over at their collab posts!: 

 We hope you’ve enjoyed Part 28 in our series of discussion posts! Please talk to us and let us know YOUR answers below. What do you think of our responses? If you have any specific questions you’d like us to address in the future, please let us know in the comments section below. Stay tuned for next week’s questions!

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