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So You’re An International Book Blogger? DON’T GIVE UP! You ARE Needed In The Book World

In light of the things that have been going on in the book world, I feel like international bloggers might feel horribly betrayed and unappreciated right now. We’ve seen our share of sad posts already (I will agree that I feel incredibly sad too because of what’s been going on), and we need to keep seeing those and putting them out for American bloggers and publishers to see and support us, but… They also bring us down so much, don’t they?

That’s why I’ve abandoned my planned post schedule and decided to post something different. See, right now, I fear that a lot of international bloggers might start harboring thoughts of giving up. That maybe, when we’re constantly told we are so irrelevant, not good enough and not needed, you’ll go like “**** this! Why do I need this second job that doesn’t even pay??” and drop everything. And I want to prevent that.

But First, A Little Background

For those of you who are not international, let me explain in short what it is that we struggle with so much:

  1. We’re not eligible for most giveaways. That’s really fine. Win some, lose some. It’s life.
  2. Buying books online and shipping them is kind of expensive. And takes a while. For a lot of us.
  3. Buying locally is not an option. Nothing is available. Sometimes it’s incredibly expensive too.
  4. We also don’t get print ARCs. Even when our blogs are good. That’s alright. Or, that was alright.
  5. Because we could sign up for NetGalley or Edelweiss and get eARCs…
    However, that’s now becoming challenging. While I haven’t heard of anything ominous from Edelweiss, you all might have heard what has happened with NetGalley lately (international reviewers are no longer free to request anything and everything as easily)
  6. Even if we ditched the ARCs, some of us just have no way to easily get books that are fresh releases. So we can’t blog about what’s relevant. (No, I still can’t afford The Hate U Give. I need to pay bills.)
  7. And certainly no libraries. Forget libraries. Libraries where we live lag years behind actual publications.
  8. Aside from these things, we have the usual “bookmerch costs a week’s wage for me” or “I will never see my writer live”, but let’s call those “just perks”. Along with “I will also never stand in line for ARCs at a bookcon.”
  9. To top it off, we can’t really monetize our blogs (before you say that we can? Nope, we can’t have Amazon affiliate links outside of the US. And that’s really the only kind of monetization that is actually worth anything. So no monetizing. A year’s worth of Book Depository affiliate links hasn’t generated a cent.)

So right about now you might start realizing why we internationals always “whine about it”. And before you start saying that “blogging is not about getting free books”, let me remind you that that’s a privileged answer. First of all, if we bought and shipped those books, some of us would have to effectively stop eating. Some of us live in countries where money is a looooot different than in America. Buying one book for us means so much more than it does for you. But that’s fine! Even aside from that…

There’s the thing of how unwanted we feel. How we have to try ten times more to even get a book before its releaase. I’ve seen some really, really bad blogs (horrible graphics from 1999, no comments or likes whatsoever, spelling mistakes and really, REALLY doubtful content) get print ARCs in the mail every month. EVERY. MONTH. Want to know how that makes me feel?

Imagine being in an exam and scoring 90%. And imagine you had a deskmate who barely did 14%. And they get into the university, and you don’t. How do you feel?

……………

That’s how it feels.

And that’s no good.

(Disclaimer: Some people will want to tell me here that my blog is nowhere near 90%, and I’ve heard my share of crap since I started talking about this, so please consider that even though you don’t care about my blog, you certainly don’t mean to say that everyone else’s who’s international blogs are not up to par? Also, no – we’re not equating this with human rights, so enough of that – but we work in this industry so we’d like to be treated fairly, and if that’s too much to ask, I apologize.)

Anyway, let’s put aside all the pain and discomfort and see what we can actually do about it!

First, Don’t Give Up!

I know if feels bad, but if you’re international, don’t give up now! Yes, we will get less ARCs. But maybe things can change. If they don’t? We’ll find other reasons to blog! Book blogging is your identity. Don’t abandon it.

There’s The Community

Whether we get ARCs or not, if we’re good bloggers and if we’re nice people, the community will keep reading us and engaging with us. They’ll still be our friends! I don’t care where you’re from, I want to read your thoughts. I’m sure I’m not the only one!

Edelweiss.

There’s still Edelweiss! I know a lot of you will say that the interface is daunting or that you haven’t been approved as much. But you know what? Get this:

  1. You probably haven’t been approved as much because you haven’t requested as much as on NetGalley 🙂
  2. Edelweiss sends weekly newsletters and even does webinars to help you understand the interface better!
  3. They’ve also just revamped it and it looks nice so far.
  4. You can request from ANY market. Regardless of where you live!
  5. If you have questions, you can email support and they’re very nice and helpful.
  6. Through the weekly newsletters, you’ll never miss an ARC that’s coming out. Or even ARC catalogs.
  7. You can write motivational text in every request, which is something you could never do on NetGalley.
  8. I might be doing a little Edelweiss tutorial sometime soon if you all want it! (Mention it in the comments!)

I have similar approval rates on Edelweiss as I have on NetGalley, so if any of you want to make the transition and don’t know how to fill out your profile, contact me either through my contact form or DM me on Twitter and I will try to help you clean up your profile so you get approved more.

The Publishers

I admit I’ve never really done this before, but I know international bloggers who have had the guts to talk to publishers directly and get print ARCs sent to them regularly. Maybe it won’t hurt us to mail them and ask them for at least an eARC? They can give out eARCs very simply! We just need to buckle up and ask! I think I will start my journey with this soon. So if you have any experience, talk to me! I want to know it all.

Self-pubs

Don’t forget to include a review policy on your blog. If you’re posting consistently, you will be approached with ARC request from smaller publishers weekly! (No joke.) Maybe those books are lesser known, but some of them really do need a voice. And they’ll be happy to have you. Some of them will even be happy to send a print ARC to you!

Book Tours

Sign up for a book tour or two. You don’t have to accept all their books! But the ones I’ve accepted so far I’ve really liked. It’s a good alternative. Maybe they also won’t be as well-known as ones found on NetGalley, but between Edelweiss and Book Tours, you should be busy enough to not mourn what’s lost!

For All You State of the ARCers?

Let’s look at this positively. We all have overdue ARCs! I know it’s the best push to clean up my ARC stack! It may be daunting to figure I’ll probably not get my much anticipated reads of 2018, but hey. We all know I still have work to do! And maybe things will change as we go, right? (For those of you who are curious about what State of the ARC is, read more here and visit the Goodreads group)

Ending Thoughts

I guess, my main message here is, DON’T GIVE UP! NetGalley and Goodreads Giveaways is NOT the voice of the community. They don’t determine whether we’re needed or not! Our community is made up of our readers and of fellow bloggers! And I’m pretty sure they still want us to stay. I want you to stay! So don’t have second thoughts about your blog. You are needed.

Read more about this:

Goodreads and Netgalley are hurting diversity in the book community

Blogging as an International | Access to books and ARCs

Nose Graze says it might not even be as bad as it sounds:

What are your thoughts on this? Maybe you have something to add? Or questions? I’ll be waiting for them all!
Also, please share this post on Twitter and tag any international bloggers who might find it useful.

I'm Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there's also a lot of scifi, fantasy and... GIFs. I'm also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

94 thoughts on “So You’re An International Book Blogger? DON’T GIVE UP! You ARE Needed In The Book World

  1. I think this is a great post and it has a very important message because while I’ll rant about Netgalley and everything else, at the end of the day, I’ll still blog. But it’s easy to understand why people get discouraged since these things don’t make international bloggers feel very welcomed. I loved your alternatives, since this thing happened, I actually emailed some publishers and two publishers accepted my requests. So, it’s totally possible! Edelweiss is also a nice option, though no matter how cliche this is going to be, I never get accepted for anything. I was actually declined for 20 titles at the same time just yesterday, they are hurting my soul. Again, thank you very much for this post! It was lovely and helpful! ❤

    1. They accepted them! So awesome! Which publishers did you email, and was it print of eARC requests? Either way, congratulations, and I’m very proud of you. I still haven’t even tried asking 🙂 go you!

      1. Macmillan International and a Romanian publishing house, they’ve send me physical ARCs. Thank you very much, Evelina! <3 You should totally ask them! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Darius 🙂 BTW, why don’t you review ARCs? I’m just curious.
      But yeah, mostly it’s about the feeling, about the label – rather than receiving or not receiving something for free.

  2. Great post, Evelina! I think you covered everything that needs to be covered here. And I agree – telling us international bloggers ‘to get over it’ was the worst feeling ever. Plus, the libraries in the US probably have most books in English – the main language of the country – I don’t understand why anyone would think the local language wouldn’t be the language of the books carried in libraries in other countries.
    Edelweiss is nice, and I have a good approval rate over there as well, so I, personally, probably won’t suffer too much from the NetGalley changes.
    Nosegraze is in the UK, so she’ll probably still get as many books as before. And I looked at her tweet, which shows that publishers can opt out of restricting the region, but they have to opt out, for each individual book it seems – the automatic selection appears to be the restricted regions for now. That being said, maybe some publishers will do their best to include international bloggers – who knows?
    You are right, though, international voices are important! We bring another perspective to the books we read, because our historical context as well as our cultural context is different. And that’s one of the things I love the most about the blogging community, sharing those different perspectives and learning something new when I read.
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    1. Yeah lol, you are so right 😀 I think Americans often don’t even consider other languages EXISTING. We just all speak such good English, after all, some of them might not even stop to think that’s not the language we speak every day in our homes. Meh! It’s really silly that they need to be told that libraries don’t stock books? Or that Overdrive is only an American thing? LOL

      Yeah, NoseGraze’s tweet did make me feel better. That it’s not SO bad. But I feel like probably a lot of bigger publishers won’t even bother to include us. Oh well…

  3. Damnit, 1999 was cool! Kids today, I swear.

    I wonder how much of this is driven by rights issues. As I understand it, traditional publishing deals are country-specific. Publishers may be worried about piracy for coverage by a blogger in a country where they don’t have a deal (although I assume most of your readership is still in the US). Or the contract may not even allow for distribution of review copies to bloggers in countries not covered (which is something publishers and authors could totally work on rectifying).

    Which is all to say that requesting review copies of indie works has the enormous advantage that you are usually dealing directly with the author and there are no sticky rights issues.
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  4. This is such a beautiful post, I loved it and it warms my heart to see something like that written on the page. It’s true that sometimes, for us international bloggers, it can be a bit discouraging at times….seeing everything other bloggers might have and that we have to work for so much more and never, ever get the same opportunities. Thank you for the great post and encouragement and for all of your help just as well! I’m speaking for myself and so many other bloggers, I am sure, when I say we’d all love to read your thoughts and practical tips on Edelweiss, if you ever want to do a post about it 🙂
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    1. I’m so glad you liked it 🙂 you know what though, I feel like this has come out to such a wonderful resolution. I’d rather have all of you – this wonderful community that we’ve formed – than those print ARCs. It’s just so rewarding 🙂

  5. Wow, thank you so much for your post! 🙂 I have read lots of posts on the issue and am glad that you had a different take on it. Among all the disappointment and anger, I have also felt that we should not let this get us down, no matter how hard it is. I am an international blogger and yes these new changes are hard to swallow, but I still love blogging (especially the amazing community) and reading very much. I want to keep blogging and sharing my love for books and hope that everyone else that has been feeling down also stays motivated to keep trying!

    1. Awwww I’m so glad I could warm your heart a little 🙂
      I’m just going to ask, are you on our international bloggers group chat yet? Sorry if you are, it’s sometimes hard to follow who is who and I haven’t visited everyone’s blogs yet 😀 but if you’re not, you should join! I’ll give you the invite if you want 🙂
      I’m so glad this post gave you some much needed power and love! That was my goal 🙂

  6. I think this post was very much needed. At the end of the day, it’s the other bloggers and readers that make this community, and if they can support us, then it’ll all be alright. We’ll find the way to deal with it and enjoy ourselves.

  7. really feel for international bloggers! I have a coblogger from Canada, which is just right across the border. She probably lives closer to me than someone out west in California, but because it is another country few publishers have the budget to send books to her. Sometimes the publicists’ hands are tied too, what with all this legalese and regional copyright laws, they aren’t allowed to send book internationally even if they desperately want to get a book into as many hands as possible. I didn’t know about the NetGalley changes though. I know they’ve been giving publishers a lot more options and settings, and that’s always good, but the downside of that is publicists are able to easily filter requests now, when before all these new features are put in, I’m guessing most of them didn’t bother 😛
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    1. Thanks for your support 🙂 that story with Canada really shows it. Although people in Canada still get A LOT more opportunities! Well, let’s hope eventually the rules and laws will catch up to the realities of the 21st century… For now, at least we’ve made a really wonderful international bloggers group which is a great outcome from something like this 🙂

  8. It really was a pretty lame thing for both NetGalley and Goodreads to suddenly drop such a lousy policy change, but you’re right: this isn’t the end for international bookbloggers, and this isn’t a reflection upon the importance of their voices. Some (or many) may have to shift their approaches a bit. Really, I think that the biggest thing is that it’s just hurtful. But hopefully international bloggers will feel the love from the rest of the community. 🙂
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    1. Thanks Chauncey 🙂 yeah, it’s not a tragedy, but of course, it doesn’t feel nice. Exactly like you said – it’s just hurtful (especially that they didn’t even bother informing us!) But yes, this has worked out in a positive way 🙂 we have formed a really nice international blogger community! Woudln’t have, had this not happened. It’s really rewarding to actually belong somewhere for once 🙂

  9. I love how the post starts off by pointing out how insane this whole situation is before having the second half of the post super positive with excellent alternatives. I’m really sorry that you have to live through this crap… I wish it were easier for you guys to get ARCs and enjoy books as much as other bloggers out there, especially those who receive them but have some of the LAMEST blogs out there.

    I’m 1000% with ya on that. Your blog deserves the privileges that those ugly, unsuccessful and uninteractive blogs get. I mean… I saw some random bloggers get ARCs yet their blog don’t even get likes, doesn’t get any comments, doesn’t even seem interesting in what they have to say either!!!!

    I do hope that someone will quickly rectify the situation for international readers, at least through NetGalley. Great post, Evelina. 😉

    1. Thank you, Lashaan 🙂 well, your support really does mean a lot. And you know, sometimes it’s enough to just hear from you and some other bloggers that my blog IS good enough and that it being bad is not the reason – the region is truly the reason… because sometimes you start thinking, maybe it’s not the region, maybe I just have a bad blog, you know? And I think that’s the worst part of this 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 in the end, maybe it’s not so bad – we found out that publishers still keep the ability to accept us, so maybe not all is lost. And I guess because of this, we’ve developed an awesome international bloggers community! So that’s rewarding, and I feel like it’s a very positive outcome of something like this 🙂

    1. You are very welcome 🙂 do you want to join our international bloggers group? It’s a very nice bunch of people that has assembled only this week. We share opportunities, ARC sources, giveaways and general good vibes. If you want to join, I’ll set you up 🙂

  10. Yes.yes.yes! Thank you so much for writing this. It’s so important to have stuff like this out there because it has been a wee bit crappy for international bloggers and authors. I hope things do improve for the better. Ah well!! Great post!!!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it and it resonated with you 🙂 hey, are you in our international bloggers group yet? Would you like to join? We share giveaways, ARC offers, general good vibes and just talk 🙂 it’s a great group.

  11. Thank you for writing this post. To be honest I might switch to Edelweiss once I have finished every book I still need to read from Netgalley. But I won’t give up! Overall reading is enjoyable and it connects people. I don’t think publishers, Netgalley and Goodreads have the right to make it any less fun. But like you said, after all you will still have your friends. Buying books in the Netherlands is pretty expensive, we don’t get offers like Black Friday on books or Buy 1 Get 1 For Half. So my friends (none book blogging friends) here actually came with the idea to share our ebooks together, it might not be the way it should be but this way we can still enjoy reading together with spending less money (and to be honest if I really like a book I will buy a physical copy :P)

      1. Of course! I would love to join, it sounds like something fun to be a part of! Thank you for inviting me 🙂

  12. Thanks for sharing, so sad.
    However, yes Edelweiss is great. Take time to really update nicely your profile to get to the Excellent status.
    Do you know that Netgalley exists now for France, Germany, Japan, and England? I know it does not cover the whole world, but that’s a start.
    At France Book Tours (http://francebooktours.com ), most of our authors accept to send a reading copy anywhere in the world – except if there’s a copyright issue for the book, but that’s not often. Books copyrights are specific for each country.
    And by the way, Bookdepositery ships for free, always.
    Too bad libraries are not as good in the whole world as they are in the US. I don’t know what kind of civil action we could do to help remedy that

    1. Unfortunately, I am in Lithuania, so no other branch of NetGalley works for me 🙂 so Edelweiss is the savior.
      Yes, Book Depository ships for free, but buying books from a different country is still kind of expensive due to economic situations of different countries.
      Libraries are fine where I live, but the only problem is that translation takes time, so a lot of things are published much, much later here than they are in the global arena. Some things don’t get published at all, ever. So if you want to be a book blogger, libraries are not going to help.
      Thank you, I will check out France Book Tours 🙂

  13. Great post Evelina!! Thanks for putting into words our frustration and pain and thanks for adding alternatives. I would love to see an Edelweiss tutorial. I get so tired and confused when I see the interface. I know a couple of bloggers get e-ARCs there. It would be nice to be part of them.

  14. Great post Evelina!! International bloggers really shouldn’t give up, because there are a lot of us in the community who support them {and love hearing their perspectives and hearing about the differences in the book world in their countries as compared to the US}. I am hopeful that by drawing more attention to this issue that more publishers will get on board to support international bloggers as well. The farther they can cast their net, the better for the book world in general!
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  15. like other issues that affect minorities or group of people in disadvantage it gets often underestimated by the people that are not affected WHICH ARE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE USUALLY IN THE POSITION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. So THANK YOU for raising your voice for all the bloggers out there that are dealing with this! Especially because this not only affect bloggers but readers in general

    I still have to learn more about how NetGalley works so I can help champion this issue the right way. Make noise in the right places and to the right people. But I just wanted you to know that I AM WITH YOU and I will help in any way I can!
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    1. Thanks for the support, and for reading 🙂 yeah, you’re right – the ones who can change it are usually like “well it’s not that bad, really…”

      I think it should be okay about NetGalley, because it seems we still get approved for a lot of stuff, but you know, at least they could have informed us.. The lack of information makes it feel like they’re hiding something. Which is just meh. If they can mail us about changing the review format, why not mail us about something as big as this, so we wouldn’t freak out? Really careless of them.

      Thank you for being with me! 🙂

      Well, the positive thing in all this is that we have formed a pretty amazing international community in just a matter of days! It’s really cool and rewarding and we finally feel like we belong, so it’s cool 🙂 positive outcome for sure.

  16. Fantastic post! While, sadly I am familiar with a lot of the above issues (most of my blogging friends and the blogs I follow are international). We have often discussed to difficulties of obtaining books and lack of access through libraries. And now the changes with Netgalley and GR seems to add to the challenges. So I hold a lot of respect for the extra hurddles my fellow international bloggers face. But many need to be aware. It needs to be addressed.

    I do hope that theses recent decisions by Netgalley, etc. are not being interpreted as the voice and opinion of bloggers here in the US. Because we are not okay with the changes or the challenges you face I will continue to support access to books for all. KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT – xx

    1. I’m really happy you do support us! You wouldn’t imagine how many Americans have told us to suck it up, to get better because we don’t get books because we probably just suck, that they don’t get books at first either, and that book blogging is not about getting free books at all, so we’re missing the point. Privileged people can be mean, I guess? So I’m very glad you’re with us on this 🙂

      1. It seems like with Netgalley that maybe the international settings are up to the publisher? Unless I am reading into it wrong? I know that they have always had some titles set as available to only specific regions, so I may not fully understand the changes. But I am staying hopeful. Keep up the good fight! Every book blogger deserves fair opportunity regardless of location and so does every reader

        1. Yeah, I think it is up to the publisher, now that we’ve got more info about it. The problem here is that they didn’t bother informing us, so we just went full on panic -.-

          Nope, they never really had titles set for certain regions. They sort of said “we prefer readers from these regions”, but it never impeded your ability to request.

          Well, at least we have our international bloggers’ community now, so that’s definitely a huge positive that’s come out of all this 🙂

  17. Wonderful post Evelina 🙂 I think what Goodreads are doing re: giveaways is completely ridiculous (what an asshole move!) and I guess I can sort of see why NetGalley have made the move they did (international rights being a weird, weird place) but if one can buy a book from Book Depository that is not available locally, how is that any different? I used to do it all the time (and don’t anymore, because being an adult sucks lol)

    I will continue to blog, but I guess will be not doing many new releases (I didn’t do all that many to begin with, but it was nice having the option!) I’ve used Edelweiss a few times in the past but hate navigating their site, but I might log in and check it out again soon.

    I enjoy your blog, and am sure many others do too. The ones having a go at you obviously just don’t get what it means to be an international blogger in what seems to be an American-centric world.
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    1. Exactly. I sure hope they don’t ban me from buying my books on Amazon from my Kindle too, you know? Cause apparently I can’t get a book for free here but I can buy it from the American Amazon. Fair much? 😀 it’s like double standards or something.

      And yes, while NetGalley has at least some reasoning behind what they did, Goodreads? Is just kind of messing around and really messing up. Even if the giveaways being US only wouldn’t be so bad… the fact that the prices are now ridiculous makes it silly. Who will even buy that option anymore? I think there will be a lot of Rafflecopter giveaways now, and maybe this will open the doors for new companies specifically for arranging giveaways like that. But that makes me even more sad about indie authors, cause I mean, THOSE PRICES.

      As for Edelweiss, are you sure you checked the new site edelweiss.plus? It has a new interface again, slightly updated. You could try it again, it’s really not that bad 🙂

  18. Uh the struggle of being an international book blogger… I’ve been doing this for more than five years now and I’ve never seen a detailed post like this one about the struggle so thank you!

    Things have always been bad for us but when I saw the NG policy change and immediately thought the worst but the majority of the books on NG you can find via blog tours, publishers and the rest on Edelweiss. It’s true that my approved books on NG and Edelweiss are worlds apart, like in the hundreds, but I’ve gotten books from Edelweiss I would never have gotten on NG.

    You should try blog tours and publishers or publicists, they’re so wonderful to work with. And don’t hesitate to email authors about ARCs too, I did it on my first few months of blogging even though everyone said not to and it worked so go for it there’s nothing to loose here. I hope you don’t miss out on any book you want to read!
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    1. I’m glad it resonated with you 🙂 yeah, that is true, I guess Edelweiss and NG just stock different kinds of books, that’s all. I guess I will have to email publicists some time 🙂 I don’t do many blog tours though because they want to set a date in advance so that’s a bit rough for me.

      Hey, wait, are you international too? If you are, do you want to join our group of international bloggers?

  19. I am so sorry this is happening. I think NetGalley must of had some pressure from publishers to make this change. Maybe it won’t be as bad as you think. It will still be the at the publishers discretion.
    I get most of my books from Edelweiss tbh. By the time it gets to NetGalley, there is way too much competition for my blog to get most of those books. I know certain pubs have information they want in every Edelweiss request, so it takes longer than just a click to get some pubs from Edelweiss, but it is worth it to me. I do get some Pubs who auto approve just about everything I ask for on Edelweiss. For me Edelweiss is worth the time and effort because they have much more to choose from.
    I have never thought about how hard it must be for international bloggers. You have made some good points here that I had never considered. I am spoiled by being in ConUS.
    Great post, thanks for sharing!
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    1. Yeah, I think that’s true – it’s not as scary as it looked. Although NetGalley still kind of sucks for not informing us. That’s just kind of mean of them.

      Ooh, I wonder what your secrets are? Because I also get approved a lot on Edelweiss, but others don’t and I am wondering why, even when they have more followers! But you are definitely right about requesting early. I think it’s why I get a fair chance too 🙂

  20. I had no idea this was going on with NetGalley! I know that I often see books from Australian or UK, or Canadian publishers that won’t approve US readers, so I guess it works both ways. It doesn’t make sense because it’s all digital. It’s not like they have to spend money on postage! Maybe if enough readers protest you can keep that from happening. I don’t know what country you live in, but I occasionally get books in the mail from overseas publishers (not often, but once in a while), so maybe one could assume it would work the other way too. I guess asking publishers directly if there is something you really want to read early, isn’t a bad idea. I always say, it never hurts to ask! Anyway, you have a fabulous blog and you seem to have a lot of followers, so you definitely have a case for asking publishers to send you review copies.

    Regarding giveaways, I don’t have as many anymore but when I sponsor them myself (meaning I fork out the money for the book), I always do international. When publishers host the giveaway, it’s usually US only (sometimes Canada.)
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    1. I think it’s some to do with “the magick of laws”, k intended 😀 oh well… We still have Edelweiss, I guess 🙂

      I live in Lithuania. I’ve only gotten print books from indie publishers, like 3 maybe. In total xD

      Thank you, Tammy 🙂 yes, maybe you’re right – I just need to get my courage up and ask them directly!

  21. I have been saying this for years!
    Thnak you for saying this, as it needs to be said and my voice is obviously not loud enough on my own.
    It sucks that the rest of the world is ‘penalised’ for not being american, I have had so many discussions about this subject.
    Also, book fairs etc need to venture out of the US too and let us, the rest of the world enjoy them!

    1. I’m so glad you found this important 🙂 wait, you international too, right? Are you in our internationals community chat yet? I get mixed up, we have many members xD but if you’re not and want to be, just tell me and I’ll set you up 🙂

  22. I used to live outside of the US where we didn’t have any libraries (except school libraries that don’t carry fiction, or elementary school libraries where only students are allowed to borrow books) and we didn’t have a SINGLE bookstore that sold fiction books. Yes it was hard. But I have been a reader all my life and I made do. Sure, I wasn’t getting the latest books but I was happy with what I got.

    So, while I understand your pain, I also understand that it’s not the end of the world. I used to get all my books from a seconhand bookstore until we finally got a legit bookstore where I could only by 1 book per month or so. Plus, I was still a student so my budget was really limited. And honestly, books sold outside the US are dang expensive.

    I’m currently in the US right now and yes there are a lot of perks that come with it. We do have a good library system and I am able to borrow books there. But to be honest, I don’t get a lot of physical ARCs, I don’t get book merch at all. I STILL go to secondhand bookstores to get my books. And I don’t mind that I don’t read the latest and newly released books. I also get my share of rejections from Edelweiss and NG and I never won a Goodreads Giveaway EVER! I also get rejections from publishers when I requested for physical ARCs.

    What I’m trying to say is that you should enjoy reading and blogging even if you don’t get the ARCs or the newest books.
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    1. I’m glad you now have more access to books! Are you staying in the US for a limited time, or have you moved there?
      Interesting to hear that you haven’t felt a big change because of moving. After talking with many bloggers (after this whole NetGalley thing), I have come to a conclusion that getting ARCs is often like… I don’t know. A charm? Fortune? Luck? Some other paranormal thing that determines it? 😀 Because some perfectly capable and good bloggers (like you) don’t get too many ARCs or merch, and some really bad blogs (no comments, ugly design etc) get a lot. So I can now say I am more puzzled than I was before 😀

      However… I find that this whole “NetGalley scare” has been a very positive thing, because it brought together an international bloggers’ community. We used to stress about ARCs a lot when we were apart, but now we get to talk about it, and it’s different. We inform each other about giveaways and opportunities, etc, and generally just talk about it and don’t feel alone. So that’s been incredible, and as I’ve said before – I’d rather have this community than ARCs <3

    1. Nope, it has only made us stronger, I would say 🙂 we have formed an amazing international bloggers’ community though, because of all this, and I’m incredibly happy about that 🙂

  23. I have been meaning to comment on this post for a good long while because this is the post I wanted to write when the whole Netgalley fiasco began. It is way too easy for folks to get disheartened by the fact that the number of books they are able to request is reduced but it isn’t all publishers. I am lucky enough to live in the UK where there is a more active publishing industry than in many countries but even I am disheartened to see some publishers restricting their requests, especially when it’s a publisher I have frequently requested from and been approved by before. I am noticing the difference when it comes to the romance reads I can request.

    I do know publishers will send ARCs to international bloggers it’s all about knowing the right ones and ever since the Netgalley/Goodreads drama began plenty of folks have been talking about it. I think as long as the community comes together on these things then no bloggers should stop or give up.
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    1. Yeah, exactly… this has helped us form a nice international bloggers’ group to help find the beat opportunities that easily slip by if we’re just on our own. So that’s been a very positive outcome! By the way, would you want to join the international bloggers’ chat?

      I’m sad to hear you’ve noticed a decline in available publishers! Well, what can we do. At least we’ve all got each other, right 🙂

  24. It makes me so happy to see you taking up the mantle on this topic, Evelina. If anyone can make waves and impact the international book blogger community at large, I know you can. I’m so sad that you guys are shut out of so many things. Your feelings analogy above really hit home with me. 🙁

    I appreciate the positivity you have piled into this post. I know it’s exactly what the community needs at this time. Because feeling alone in a void with no idea what to do is hard. I want to know how I can help. If you think of anything I can do, please let me know. I am here to help!!!
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    1. I am so glad you believe in me 😀 I’m not sure I believe in my own self, hahaha 😀
      Thanks, you’re helping by just being you, really 😀 things are much better in our neck of the woods now. We all got together into a community and things are better than we thought. Now when we share knowledge some things are clearer, and we generally feel less alone 🙂

  25. This is such a great post! I mostly read old stuff anyway (and have a tiny blog) so it doesn’t really influence me but it has been great to get a better sense of the international book blogging community. I’ve found several new great blogs just by following these discussions!

        1. Then if I still haven’t invited you – would you like to join our group of international bloggers? It’s a chat channel where we share opportunities, woes and joys. All internationals 🙂

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