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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

The biggest wall of all.... Publishers and how to go about presenting your information and asking to be apart of the select few who get to read advance copies to provide honest reviews.


How to go about sending in your books?

Hopefully this file we can get some discussions going on this major topic.

Savannah Andrea Smith | 2 comments Oh, I'm TERRIFIED of requesting ARCs from publishers! I've only been blogging for 7 months now, so I kind of feel like they'll be offended by me asking for a book to review so early.
Also, I'm scared that I'm not sounding professional enough, or that I sound too indifferent... I wish there were "how-to"s for requesting ARCs.

message 3: by Anna (last edited Feb 19, 2011 02:27PM) (new)

Anna Walls (annalwalls) Sevannah, there has got to be a first at some point. Never be afraid to ask, and then never be afraid to ask again at some later point. Everyone is looking for advertising and free advertising can only be a plus.

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Mad Scientist (madscientist) | 3 comments Mod
I have yet to ask for ARC's from big publishers but I have been asked to review books from independent authors. Some of the Indie books that I have read have been really good.

I would also think that big publishers watch to see how you review ARC's.

message 5: by Carole (new)

Carole | 1 comments Authors don't get many ARCs to distribute, so emailing the publisher directly or attending conferences where publishers hand out free ARCs is the best way to get one. ARCs are more expensive to produce than the final book, so publishers have to make sure their investment in you will pay off. Let them know how many followers you have on your blog, or what organizations you can promote the book with.

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks for the advice. I heard as much about ARC's being expensive. It is so much cheaper to mass produce, so it makes sense.

message 7: by Anna (new)

Anna Walls (annalwalls) I didn't know they were expensive. I thought they were something akin to pdf - the final proof or something

message 8: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (booksdevoured) | 2 comments Hey all,
There are some great post on The Story Siren website about requesting ARC's done by representatives of publishers. On the bottom of that page are from publishers. Hope that helps you guys!

message 9: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) Just go ahead and ask. The worst that can happen is they say no thank you. If they say no, try a different publisher.

message 10: by Henrietta (new)

Henrietta | 1 comments When I only began sending my manuscripts to publishers, I felt a little uneasy and even insecure when they asked me to share any of my personal details or contact information, now I have got quite used to it and share any information required, moreover, I take any opportunity to be published, participate in different contests... and the number of acceptance letters has significantly grown, I have to say!
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message 11: by Hamriver (new)

Hamriver | 1 comments There has got to be a first at some point. Never be afraid to ask, and then never be afraid to ask again at some later point.
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