It’s no secret, most book bloggers read a lot of advance review books. It’s a win-win situation, really. The author gets reviews posted on the day of release and the bloggers get books to blog about. Sometimes it’s the publishing company handling the ARC team, sometimes it’s the author themselves doing the work. There are also some groups that do the work, acting as a middleman between the publisher/author and the reviewer. The question is, “How do I cash in on these free books”? Actually, that part is easy. It just takes a little work on your part.
So, let’s start with what might be the simplest, the author. A couple of tips for you:
- Pick an author that you really like. No sense in choosing one you only sorta like!
- Make sure you’ve reviewed a few of their books before contacting them.
- Gather the URL for several reviews before you write to them.
Now, start your email. Most authors have several ways that they can be contacted. Make sure you include links to several of your reviews of their work. I have to admit that my first author that I approached was Anna Lowe. I had initially received an ARC copy of Desert Moon from a now defunct publisher. I enjoyed the book so much that I asked her directly about reviewing for her. Contact Made!
Another source of ARC books is the publisher themselves. This was how I received my first ARC copies. That particular publisher isn’t in business anymore but it did give me a start. In case this is something you are interested in, sign up for their newsletter. This is a good way to get acquainted with the authors that they work with. Take the same steps I recommended, make sure you’ve reviewed some of the authors, gather the URLs and be polite!
The last one, to my way of thinking, is the easiest. This one involves websites that specialize in getting authors and reviewers together. I can think of three right off the bat, Netgallery, Booksprout, and Book Sirens. Before we go any further, I’m not getting any money for highlighting these people.
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