Let’s try this post again, shall we? Last week when I posted it, it went completely blank for some reason, but I really want to share with you all the email I send to publishers when I request ARCs as well as some tips and tricks on how to make sure you get approved when you submit your requests.
I’ve had several people reach out to me to ask for a copy of this email, so I thought I should post it here and share it with all of you! These photos are from a how-to I made for my book club a couple years ago, so the books are a little older. The process is still the same though.
Best of luck requesting and may the ARC odds be ever in your favor!
Tips and Tricks for Requesting ARCs
To request a physical ARC from a publisher, you want to focus on building your follower base first and foremost. Most publishers are looking for bloggers who have at least 500 followers across platforms (including your blog and social media) and have been blogging for at least six months.
Next, you want to keep a close eye on what books are releasing and when. You’ll want to submit your request for the ARC 3-6 months prior to the release date. I have an example of the email I send to publishers down below.
Before you send your request, you’ll need to figure out which publisher to send your request to. Goodreads is the best place to track new releases. If you google November 2019 YA Book Releases, for example, you can see that Goodreads breaks down the books month by month for the year, so you can keep track. You can also see on Goodreads which publishing house is publishing the book. On Goodread’s desktop site, that information is below the book description. If you’re using your phone, just swipe right on the book cover to get that information.
Know that there are a TON of imprints for the big publishers (Harper, Penguin, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, etc.) So sometimes you’ll need to figure out which publishing house the imprint belongs to. If you google “Greenwillow Publishing imprint of,” you can see that they are an imprint for Harper.
Once, you know which publishing house you’ll be contacting, you can find their contact information by googling the name of the publisher and review copies, for example, “HarperTeen Review Copies.”
If a specific publicist likes your blog and social media presence, they may start contacting you directly and add you to their mailing lists to receive copies of all of the books they represent.
Email Request for ARC Copies
Once I’ve figured out who to send the request to, this is a copy of the email I send. I hope this is helpful!