Where I Go to Request ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies)

For as long as I can remember I’ve devoured countless worlds and characters. It wasn’t until last year that I realized my thoughts and opinions, about the books I read, could be enjoyed by others. Saying that now it sounds silly since countless reader reviews have been the tipping point in me choosing whether or not to read a book.

Stumbling on Booktok (the book side of Tiktok) last summer, and seeing the countless reviewers out there that were just like me, inspired me to start my own Booktok account, and also inspired this blog. After following some Booktok creators, and a few months passing by, I finally got up the courage to do my own videos. Pro I am not, I’m just enjoying the journey as I jump into new and exciting worlds.

Something else I learned last summer was that you don’t have to personally know authors to get ARC’s, of their books, before release! So many authors utilize different sites to connect with reviewers before the release of their books.

I thought I’d list the places that I’ve found success in connecting with authors/publishers in order to receive ARCs.

Now remember, I’m only about 6 months into finding and reading ARCs, so there are probably a ton of other places to look, these are just the places I know of so far.

YABS Facebook Group


The first place I ever found ARC’s to read and review was the YABS FB group, where readers and authors can connect. So far all the books I’ve seen posted in this group are from indie authors. Once you receive an ARC through this group you have two weeks to read and post the review. You also need to remember to mark your calendar so you can upload your review on Amazon on release day (since amazon doesn’t allow reviews to be posted before release).

Since the authors directly message you, to send you the arc, at times they may reach out to you so you can elaborate on comments in your review.

If you end up enjoying their book, and it’s part of a series, when they go to release the next book, there’s a greater change of you getting the next ARC as well.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/YABookStop

NABS Facebook Group


Once you receive an ARC through this group you have two weeks to read and post the review. You also need to remember to mark your calendar so you can upload your review on Amazon on release day (since amazon doesn’t allow reviews to be posted before release).

Since the authors directly message you, to send you the arc, at times they may reach out to you so you can elaborate on comments in your review.

If you end up enjoying their book, and it’s part of a series, when they go to release the next book, there’s a greater change of you getting the next ARC as well.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/newadultbookstop

RABS Facebook Group


Once you receive an ARC through this group you have two weeks to read and post the review. You also need to remember to mark your calendar so you can upload your review on Amazon on release day (since amazon doesn’t allow reviews to be posted before release).

Since the authors directly message you, to send you the arc, at times they may reach out to you so you can elaborate on comments in your review.

If you end up enjoying their book, and it’s part of a series, when they go to release the next book, there’s a greater change of you getting the next ARC as well.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rabookstop

NetGalley


NetGalley is a site that works directly with publishers and authors to give ARCs to reviewers.

Before signing up, with NetGalley, I highly recommend you make sure that you have started either a Booktok, Bookstagram, Book Blog, or Book Twitter. A lot of the publisher’s are looking for specific criteria in order to approve ARC requests. Currently out of 19 ARCs I’ve requested, 11 are still pending a decision, 8 have been requested, and only 3 have been approved.

The nice thing about getting denied an ARC, through NetGalley, is the publisher’s have send me an email letting me know why they’ve denied my request. Some of my requests were denied because I didn’t have a site when I first signed up, and some were denied because I still have a very small following.

The amount of time you have to review the ARCs, through NetGalley, depends on when the book is getting released. NetGalley also gives you a % rating for how many reviews you’ve done versus how many ARCs you’ve received. This % rating ensures you read the ARCs your given and review them in a timely manner.

Again, I am new to receiving ARCs and don’t know how many other site’s there could be out there. These are just the places that I’ve had success with when it comes to finding ARCs to read and review. I hope, if you’re interested in receiving ARCs, these sites help you out!

Happy reading!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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