How do you get ARC's?
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I suggest you review the message boards here, especially those in the ARC Junkies thread. You will find some various suggestions and even some sites to visit. There are so many to mention...
Join Library Thing"s Early Reviewers group...and go to Shelf Awareness on the web and subscribe to their newsletter...works for me!
There are numerous places that have YA books Laura. It's not my area, but if you do as Nitestar suggests you should be able to come up with ideas.
Harper Collins, for example, has a program for young adults.
Those are all great suggestions. You might also want to check out http://bookblogs.ning.com/ . Quite a few of their groups were started by publicists at Hatchette and they are offering books all the time.
Honestly, the #1 way to get ARCs is to have a reason for a publisher to send you one. To quote a post I made in a similar thread:
"Does your cousin have a blog for reviews? If not, I'd highly recommend she get one and start writing reviews about books she's already read. If I were an editor, I would be quite hesitant to send ARCs to a teenager with no proof that she would produce any sort of feedback for me.
If her school has a newspaper, she might want to see if she can get her reviews placed in it. That would definitely give added oomph to her requests."
In short, if publishers don't see a way to benefit from sending you an ARC, you aren't going to get one from them.
I also try to make my emails to the publsihers/authors as businesslike as possible. I outline where I"m going to post that review. If you want to develop a relationship it needs to be a two way street.
I just updated my post about this topic. A lot of good suggestions can be found here:
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