I traveled high and low, going through multiple websites, conquering request buttons until I had to slay the final dragon…
I was thinking I’d make this a tips kind of post from someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, but as I started a skeleton draft of what this post was going to be, it….. it didn’t turn out the way I was anticipating.
And in all honesty, I really don’t know what I’m doing. Never say never, but… definitely not right now.
So enjoy this weird story-time… thingy.
I believe the first ARC I had ever received from an author that I requested via email was Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
really good book btw — but before that, I’d kept seeing great reviews for it and decided to request it on Netgalley. This was when I was transitioning to Edelweiss, so Netgalley was a primary E-ARC source… I mean…I was declined… But it was okay! Edelweiss had the same book! Let’s request there.
And I waited… and waited… and waited…
Eventually I kind of forgot that I requested it, until I woke up to check my phone and saw that dreaded email. I clicked it… and got declined -_- .
So, I decided to do the next best thing: enter a few giveaways. I wasn’t banking on Goodreads— I’ve only won those twice, but it didn’t hurt, right?
You probably can guess how that went.
Finally, I decided to google a million and one blog post on How to Request ARC’s Directly from Publishers.
Here’s a few that helped actually:
Yeah… I went through a few.
I mentioned this before, but anxiety is a thing… that happens when I feel I’m doing something important… and rejection is a plausible thing… so I took a few days to work up my nerves. I typed up my email (with the help of said blog post’), pressed that send button and immediately started hyper ventilating. This was a whole new thing for me. Netgalley and Edelweiss gave me that window pane that separated reviewer from the publisher… Now I just talk to them!?
Long story short, she emailed back and I received an E-ARC. Which is exciting! If I’m honest, I didn’t know they could do that
don’t judge me but it was a moment for me 🙂
When people say that a year is usually your probation for recieving ARC’s from publishers, they weren’t joking. Not saying I thought they were, but I started receiving E-ARC’S a month into blogging??