Hiya bookish people!

So, if you guys remember this far back, I have put a feedback form on one of my posts ( and I have gotten some awesome feedback so far, and the form is still live for anything you may want to add! ). The brilliant Ash asked me to do a post about how I get my ARC’s and Proof copies of books to review.

Netgalley

With Netgalley, publishers will post a book cover and title, with the book synopsis. You then have the option to request the book if you want to. Sometimes, there will be a ‘Wish for it!’ option. This often means that the publisher has hit the target of reviews that they need, and are now gonna select a certain amount of people who have wished for it randomly to receive a copy.

First of all, here’s how it looks and how to use it. When you sign up, you must complete your profile. Here is what my profile looks like, and the bio I have included. After you have done that, you will also need to complete your preferences and you’re good to go! Keep in mind that publishers do have preferences on what they like their reviewers to do, so make sure to check the publisher profiles and the help page on building your profile.

Next, it’s time to request! And hey, I know it is super tempting to just go to town and request every single book you see, but Netgalley has quite a high acceptance rate, and I really recommend that you look at what you are requesting and ask yourself these two things for these two reasons :

  • Is it a book that you think you could enjoy, or a book you are interested in, or you think your followers may be interested in?
    • Always ask yourself this question. If you request a book that you know you are not really going to like, and it is not typically a book your followers would also enjoy, then really you are setting up a book to a negative review. If the publisher approves you, then you are also just using Netgalley to get a free book rather than actually looking for books to enjoy and review for genuine purposes.
  • Do you have the time to review it?
    • This is another important one as publishers, understandably, would like their title to be reviewed in an acceptable time frame. I recommend that you look at what you consider to be a good time to post your review ( I aim for anytime within seven days before / after the release date ).

Here is how a request for a title will look. You select the title you like the look of, and then apply. If you have been selected, you will receive an email saying whether or not your request has been accepted, or denied and a link will be attached to download the title.

It is then your choice if you email the publisher from that email to ask for any additional media – an interview, guest post, or even to just say thank you. I definitely recommend you send a thank you note, just a quick one ( I’ll add one you can use below, just change the details to suit ) and you might not get a response but you’ll definitely feel good about it, and the publisher will appreciate it, too.

Hi there!

I just wanted to say a real quick thank you for the chance to read “The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons” as an ARC! We are available to post our reviews to Goodreads, Netgalley, Twitter, and Barnes & Noble, Kobo ( add any others such as Amazon that you are able to include ), as well as my own blog A Few Chapters ’til Love (AFCTL)!

I love to create lasting relationships with authors and publishers, as well as my blog readers!

Please note that at this time, I am unable to post my reviews on Amazon, but if there is another platform you would like me to post to, I am more than happy to oblige! Just flick me an email.

I am to post all my reviews within 5 days of the publication date provided on Netgalley, in exception to certain times of the year (eg. Holidays in NZ such as Christmas and New Year (December 23rd to January 15th)). This is not limiting though as we may choose to post within these dates as well, these are our ‘maximum dates’ if you will.

Side Note:
Would the author or any other YA authors be open to an email interview or blog feature of some form on my blog? If so please send me an email and we can get this happening! I hope to be able to work with you and hear from you again in the future! Kind regards and best wishes
Emma

Book Tours

Book tours are another awesome way for you to receive books to review, and often you are also given the opportunity to interview an author, too! I highly recommend that you sign up to The Fantastic Flying Book Club because they have amazing review and tour opportunities, and it is also a really fun way to meet other bloggers!

Again, these two questions are important before filling in every form you see :

  • Is it a book that you think you could enjoy, or a book you are interested in, or you think your followers may be interested in?
    • Always ask yourself this question. If you request a book that you know you are not really going to like, and it is not typically a book your followers would also enjoy, then really you are setting up a book to a negative review. If the publisher approves you, then you are also just using Netgalley to get a free book rather than actually looking for books to enjoy and review for genuine purposes.
  • Do you have the time to review it?
    • This is another important one as publishers, understandably, would like their title to be reviewed in an acceptable time frame. I recommend that you look at what you consider to be a good time to post your review ( I aim for anytime within seven days before / after the release date ).

How the FFBC works is that if you sign up to their mailing list, you’ll get an email from them for an early chance to sign up to one of their book reviews. The email will look like this.

It’s really straightforward and easy to use. If you choose not to sign up, then you will still get the same opportunity to apply, you will just have to wait for them to post the invitation on their blog, at which point there may be a lot more applicants. Once you select ‘sign up’ you’ll be taken to a Google Form. Here is an example of one of the books they have had recently, After the Worst Thing Happens.

Once you have filled out the form, you wait. You will have to check the Tour Schedule which comes out after the Sign Ups, roughly four days after the initial blog post. This will have all the information you need. You’ll also get an email with the details you need and the Dropbox resources for your post!

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Publishers

Publishers will often use platforms such as Instagram, Goodreads, and their websites to host giveaways or Proof Copies. I am a part of the Turning Pages goodreads group (NZ only) and will sometimes get offered a book through their discussion posts. In this case, Naomi or another penguiner will post about the book, how many copies are available and a form for us to fill. This process is often a lot closer inspected. It would be good to look around your local publishers to see if they have a review application or a Goodreads group.

7 thoughts on “

  1. Fantastic post with some really helpful advice in it (: I think it’s wonderful that you also included a draft email example to help people out as well. I do want to try out Netgalley at some point but I definitely want to push passed this slump session first as signing up for review copies when I’m struggling to read seems a bit pointless and unfair. Plus I thought it would be a good idea to catch up on some of the high priority reads on my TBR anyway and make sure I’m definitely passed my slump before trying to get into something like that. I’m definitely saving this post for later though. I may even try a blog tour at some point.

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  2. OH MY GOSH THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS POST! I always LOVE seeing my friend’s review and request process.

    You are so right in asking yourself that “do I really want to read this book?” questions because I think that it’s so important when selecting ARCs. There’s no point suffering through a book that’s not your cup of tea. There’s also no point in reading an ARC if you don’t have the time to dedicate yourself to writing a review. I think so many bloggers make this mistake.

    What a fantastic post, Emma 💙

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