In case you’re more interested in hearing about how to get your book blog started, check out this post! A few people were curious about ARCs and such, so I decided to continue onto this post!
1. Like, Comment, Follow, Repeat!
As briefly mentioned in my previous Blogging 101 post, the best way to get other book blogs to notice you is to notice them. Once you find a book blog and like what you see, let them know! Like their posts, comment on them! Leave sweet, thoughtful, genuine comments, showing that you actually like their posts. Make sure you’re not commenting just because you want them to follow you.
How to find other book blogs?
Search tags on WordPress such as: yabooks, young adult books, book reviews
Find a post about a book tag or a blogger awards posts? See who’s tagged!
2. Write quality posts and write them often
Proofread. I know, it’s tedious. But it matters. I also know I’m being a little bit of a hypocrite on this one. You have no idea how many time,y mom has had to tell me about a grammatical mistake on my post!
Thank you, mom.
Here’s logic everyone should be able to understand: The more posts you have, the more posts people will see. So write lots and lots of posts!
3. Reach out
If someone is nice enough to comment on your post, comment back! Don’t just like their comment and ignore it. If you leave a nice reply, they’re more likely to come back.
Trust me, I’ve left comments on people’s posts and gotten a like in reply, which is nice! But it does give off a sort of unappreciative vibe, doesn’t it?
1. What is an ARC?
Most new bloggers have no idea what an ARC is, which is fine! Unless you were born with a book blogging lingo dictionary pre-programmed in your head, you’ll need someone to tell you what it is!
Simple ARC definition: ARC stands for Author’s Review Copy. Bloggers and booktubers can get and ARC from a publishing company before it comes out to review it or feauture it.
2. How can I get an ARC?
You have to have the stats! Publishers don’t hand out ARCs to just any blog, you must be worthy!
You should probably have about 250-300 followers at the least to get an ARC from a publisher. Though really, it’s more about the number of views and visitors you get in a month that’s more important.
I first requested a lot of ARCs when I was at about 200 followers, but with 1,300 views and 330 individual visitors in a month. I received basically all of the ARCs I requested, so those publishers seem to appreciate those stats.
3. How do I ask a publisher for an ARC?
This was a serious struggle for me, but thankfully WordsWeHeart had this AMAZING post to help!
All the information is in that awesome post, but I’ll give you a skim of it.
First, you have to get the email of a publisher. You can do this by just going to the website of a publishing company and choosing their publicity email. The post mentioned above also has a list.
The format for the email I use is the one WordsWeHeart offers, and that’s the one I would reccomend! Honestly, her post is much more informative than this!
Don’t freak out if you don’t get an email back, some publishers just send the book!
4. What about e-ARCs?
These are much more accessible to those with not as many stats, however I don’t really like them since I really don’t like reading on and e-Reader.
Though if you are interested, NetGalley is the best and most popular place to get them!
I really hope all that helpe, please comment any questions or requests!
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