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When Should I Start Requesting ARCs? Part 1 of #NewBloggers 101 post series

This is the first post in the #NewBloggers 101 series, geared towards making it easier for you to wade your way into the book blogging world, if you’re a new blogger! There will be more installments, some of them will be guest posts and joint posts, so keep your eye on my blog on Fridays! This time… we talk about requesting ARCs. If you want to find the other #NewBloggers 101 posts, just expand this list:

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So when is the right time to start requesting ARCs (advance copies of books)? Just in case your wondering, we call these ARCs – for ‘Advance Reader Copies’. Sometimes these are actual advance copies that you receive before the book comes out. Other times, they are just ‘Reader Copies’, or ‘Digital Reader Copies’ – for books that have already come out, but the publisher just wants to make them more popular among readers. But for the sake of convenience, we really just call them all ARCs in the community.

So… You might have heard something about requesting ARCs already.


That it’s hard.


That it’s scary.


That you shouldn’t try unless you’re an established blogger already.

But what if I said…


No? Why no?

Because I’ve been requesting books BEFORE I even had a blog.

And guess what?

I wasn’t declined.


Yes, of course I am talking about ebooks, when you’re starting out. Print books would be a tougher one, and I can’t coach you much on that part because I am international, and the print ARC rules for internationals are slightly different. Not to worry! We will have guest posts for print ARCs later on, but for now, if you’re new – let’s just talk about requesting ARCs as ebooks.

So I am telling you that you should request e-books RIGHT NOW.


Don’t wait. It will make you bitter and anxious! If you want to try – go for it! Be prepared that you obviously won’t get that super hyped book, maybe – but who knows, you might! Some publishers work on first come first served basis, so if you’ve requested at the right time…

Even if you don’t get approved on MANY of the books you wanted, you will be approved for SOME. Before you are able to ask and receive more popular of craved books, you should review the ones who are easier to get – you might even want to start out with the ones who are ready for download (‘Read now’ or ‘Download’ options), so you could put a few reviews up there and publishers could know you won’t just run off with the book into the sunrise and never speak to them again. (Don’t worry about technicalities for now, we will talk about where to request in another post.)

One word of caution.

When you request books, don’t overdo it! When I first signed up for NetGalley, I downloaded WAYYY too many books. And here I am, still trying to lick those wounds clean! Nothing other led to the establishment of my monthly meme State of the ARC, where we all try to cut down the ARC that are turning stale on our shelves.

So do sign up for requesting platforms, but THINK before you push that request button. Ask yourself:

  1. Do I really want this book?
  2. Do I only want it because it has a pretty cover?
  3. Do I only want it because it’s free? (This is a misconception. You’ll have to work for it.)
  4. Do I only want it because everyone else wants it?
  5. Do I have other engagements when this book releases that would prevent me from reading it, for example, exams or vacation trips? (Because you will have to read it around the time of release and post your review)

If you are confident you really want it – REQUEST!


Please, please, never check your ‘inactive’ section on NetGalley. If you’re on Edelweiss, if you see “you’ve been declined for…” in your mailbox, just delete the email and don’t read it. It’s best not to count these, because there will be declines, and there’s no reason for you to get worked up about them! It’s normal to be declined even for seasoned bloggers. Just pay it no mind.

Now if you don’t know WHERE to request, I can just drop a hint that you should sign up for NetGalley and Edelweiss, but I won’t go into a lot of detail – we will cover more about these tools in another post! For now, I just wanted to answer your questions about the right time and circumstances. We will be talking about filling out your profiles well and how to use NetGalley / Edelweiss another time!

So have you requested books already? Or have you just been considering it? What advice would you give other bloggers, if you already have? Share in the comments!

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.

111 thoughts on “When Should I Start Requesting ARCs? Part 1 of #NewBloggers 101 post series

  1. Nice start on the series 🙂 You know, that we are similar in terms of requesting early on NetGalley 😛 I too got so many ARCs from “Read Now” section when I initially joined NetGalley, just because either they were free or had pretty covers 😛

    But yes, now I am not happy about that and of course, I am dreaded to decrease that number. This is the best advice that we can give to new bloggers – “Don’t request books without thinking”.
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    1 problem I have with Net Galley is that I requested arcs but they send me samples or arcs of graphic novels that are just straight up white pages (I tried different reading apps and it shows up horrible on every single one). So yeah major problem there I am sick of it and it has caused me to worry and just stress over it a whole lot more the I should. Soo any tips for that?

    (Anyway great first post and I’M EXCITED TO

    1. Thank you!
      Really? I’ve had that happen with one book for me. What you can do though, is just write “I can’t open your file for this/that reason and won’t be able to give a review, I’m sorry” in the feedback section – thankfully, that works for your ratio! It’s the same as giving a review. So at least you can fix your ratio!
      As for the files themselves… hm, have you tried it on PC, with the Acrobat Reader? Maybe you’ve just been unlucky with your publishers 🙂 have you tried downloading the kindle app and opening it through that?

  3. Yay, a new series and what an amazing start! This would be so helpful to all those who’re still wondering if there’s a perfect time to start requesting ARCs 😀 Definitely agree on asking yourself if the book is actually interesting you or if it’s just ‘looking’ good–I end up requesting quite a few simply because the cover’s good…guilty 🙁 Also liked the point that checking out your schedule or planner before requesting one can be helpful; it’s so sad when the review goes up months after the book is already out. Loved this post, Evelina, as always <3

    1. Thank you, Fanna 🙂 you go for covers? XD never would have expected 😀 when we go for covers, it’s really only to our own demise 😀 but I’m sure I’ve done that too! Still about 60+ ARCs to to through for me xD

      1. Oh wow, haha, that’s some milestone right there XD Yes, covers can melt my heart so bad 😀 But the most heart-breaking part is when the story isn’t that good and I just want to cry 🙁

  4. Great advice! And I can totally testify that it’s true. I started requesting ARCs as soon as my blog was up, and although it may have helped that I had past film reviews posted (I really have no idea), I got quite a few of my requests approved! Not just from smaller publishing houses or debut authors; lots of them are anticipated titles from well-known imprints. My approval rate isn’t 100% (and Edelweiss has been more selective so far) but I’m far from short of advance reading material. So don’t be nervous guys— take Evelina’s advice and go out and request!
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  5. I’m so excited to see all the posts in this series! It’s such an awesome idea! Personally I probably won’t request e-arc’s as I always get the worst headache when reading on electronic devices (I’ve tries pretty much everything idk why it happens). But this is a great guide! ☺️

    1. I bet you haven’t tried the Kindle 🙂 I hate reading on the phone or the PC too, but the kindle is absolutely different (of course, I mean the e-ink Kindle, it’s kind of your eyes!)

      Thanks either way! 🙂

  6. Great post Evelina! I’m 100% with you on this. What you could maybe add is a link for European bloggers to UK houses on Netgalley as some accept international readers/bloggers. The same with some international (US) publishers that accept international reviewers on some books.
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      1. There’s been a bit of a shake up on UK NetGalley so they have a separate site BUT it’s implied if they are listing books on the .com version they are probably open to international bloggers. If you can get your hands on their catalogues they usually say where they have the rights to and might help you work out what they are allowed to send elsewhere.
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        1. I don’t think it’s worth the hassle of looking it up – I usually just request and see if they grant it. They sometimes grant it even when I’m not in region. As for the UK one, I’ve noticed that for some books, the US one naturally reroutes you to the UK one… So I just use the US one 🙂

  7. Awesome post! NetGalley and Edelweiss are such great platforms for new bloggers. I didn’t find them until later on so fortunately I don’t have a backlog of eARCs that I need to catch up on. The only annoying thing is NetGalleys new rules for international bloggers.. But ah well, there are still some books on there that we can request! Looking forward to more posts in this series.
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    1. Thank you so much! Wow – you’ve blogged for so long and never requested? O.o how did you manage? 😀 I requested before I had a blog 😀 I suggest trying though, they’re so much fun when you get into them 🙂

  8. A very useful post – I completely agree about the ‘don’t overdo it!’ I requested a number of titles on NetGalley over a period of time, and have suddenly been sent a mountain of ARCs within the last few days. Needless to say, they are nearly all due to be published this month or at the start of February. I’m going to be very busy!

    1. Oh dear xD my condolences! 😀 it’s strange how we book bloggers give ourselves problems with the best and most fun kinds of things 😀 I hope you manage with all those ARCs, good luck 🙂

  9. I’ve had a few ARCs before, and wanted to request for more using Netgalley, but you have to be over 18 and I’m not 🙁 I’ll give Edelwiess a shot though. Thanks for the advice!

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    1. Yeah, I’ve heard that 🙁 how long do you still have to go?
      Yeah, I think Edelweiss is fine, and I’m glad about that 🙂 next week I should have a post on how to make your Edelweiss profile good so you’d get books! And Lucy should be contributing with an Edelweiss guide. I hope it will help you out 🙂

      1. I still have 3 years!! 🙁 oh well, I guess Edelweiss is basically the same thing. Definitely, thanks!

  10. Yes, it is very important not to constantly check your inbox for ARCs. I haven’t had this problem with ARCs in particular, but other things… it’s just a bad idea 🙂

    I’ve also had a history of being afraid to request ARCs. I wish I’d seen this blog post when I was starting out! 🙂

    1. Yeah, it’s anxiety inducing for me 🙂 haha, I think most bloggers are anxious about asking for books! I have still never asked for print ARCs cause I don’t want to hear a NO xD thankfully, I started out on NetGalley before I was a blogger, so I didn’t know you were “supposed to” stress out about that xD so I just asked… Worked out well for me 🙂

  11. Looks like sound advice to me! 🙂 Especially the not going overboard advice 😛 I can’t remember why I made a NetGalley account, but I know it was about four months after I started book blogging. I think the most important tip is to only request books you’re truly interested in, so I think it’s great you mentioned that here.
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    1. Thank you 🙂 I wonder how many people will take the advice of not going overboard? xD I guess at least I can say they’ve been warned 😀 what with all the hype we have about books as bloggers, we really do not mention the fact that we should only request when we really want it to the newbies. I think that’s how they end up with hundreds of books 🙂

  12. I was like you in the beginning. Requested way too many. Now I’m much more selective and trying not to request any but those I really really want. I’m really liking this new series of yours. And very curious about the print requesting. I usually get offers right from the publishers without using Netgalley.
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    1. Oh, you’re lucky 🙂 I’ll probably never get print requests from the publishers – that’s one thing that mostly only happens to Americans. Not for me 🙂 so I have to stick with NetGalley!

  13. Hahahaha! I remember the first time I joined NetGalley, I over did the request button. I didn’t notice the category “Read Now” and I clicked a couple books in there too and my inbox was full. I didn’t get to read all the books and my review rate has gone down. I’m still working on holding myself back from requesting too much. It takes so much energy! And I’m sure you know how exhausting it would feel.

    This was a great start to the #NewBloggers 101 series.

    1. You too? 😀 it seems I’m not the only one who spammed that button, huh 😀 thankfully, I still have them on my kindle, so I can at least catch up. Did you know that your rate will go back up if you simply go to the “Give Feedback” section, and in the window with “feedback to the publisher” (above the review window) just state “I’m sorry, my book expired before I read it”, and that counts towards your ratio? 🙂 YOU’RE WELCOME xD (I also only found out recently.)

      And thank you! 🙂

    1. Yeah, timing is luck, I guess 🙂 yeah, I know what you mean, that’s happened to me too with different listings. Maybe different regions… Sometimes you will get approved on NG and not in Edelweiss or vice versa for the same title 🙂

  14. Wonderful advice, Evelina 🙂 I agree, it’s super scary and intimidating at first but you won’t know it until you try it – so get to trying!
    Timing is definitely key but sometimes it’s about luck as well. Bottom line: just don’t give up!

    1. I guess I was lucky, it wasn’t really scary for me, cause I was like… “don’t know what this is, don’t care, BUT IT LOOKS COOL” 😀 I think this whole stress about requesting comes only when you join the blogging community! Cause everyone is always stressed out about it. But if you don’t know, you can’t be scared. I started requesting before I even knew there was much of a blogging community, so I guess I avoided the whole emotional baggage 🙂

  15. Awesome start to the series. I will say though that I’m not actually an eBook reader at all, I take forever when reading electronically. And like you I’m international, however for everyone else who does read eBooks this is super useful. Can’t wait to see what’s coming up next in the series!

    1. Thank you! Unfortunately, as an international reader, I don’t have much of a choice, both for buying and ARCs 🙂 I hate reading on glowing devices too, but the kindle is very different (e-paper!!). I actually love my kindle, so it’s fine 🙂 wait, are you in our internationals discord group? Or only in the new bloggers group? We share INTL opportunities in the other group 🙂

    1. Wow, you’ve never requested even once? (I’m sure I’ve already said that to you. I remotely remember. But it just shocks me every time, still :D) I just can’t resist ARCs myself…
      Thanks for reading!

  16. Such a fun and great post! I love your use of gifs 🙂 I also love that you included the wise words of caution. I did the same with Netgalley haha. It took me one whole year, but I finally have a clean slate. I think I am going to limit myself to 2-3 requests pending at a time this year. It was a fiasco haha. Also think it is great that you meantion “requesting and moving on”. This is such solid and important advice!
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    1. Thanks! I can never resist GIFs 😀 they’re just so much fun. You did the same with NetGalley? One whole year is fast though! It’s taking me two and I’m still not nearly done xD (probably cause I keep requesting? :D) oh well. I guess most bloggers can understand this issue… We are just a little greedy 😀 and easily dazzled!
      Thank you, I am glad you liked the post 🙂

        1. Thank you! I still have 50+ titles, but I started out yesterday… Already threw out one DNF off the list, it was one of my first ones I’ve ever downloaded and it was truly atrocious xD good ratio, here I come!

          1. I remember the first time I DNF’d on Netgalley. I felt so terrible haha. But I made sure to send all of the feedback and explain why and it was okay in the end. I have since DNF’d a few titles through them. But a few pubs have even followed up in email asking for additional insight into what went wrong, so that was a nice experience. Happy reading and good luck with the list 🙂
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  17. Great topic to start the series with! I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who went crazy in requesting for books from netgalley :’D

  18. This is great advice! When I started blogging I had no idea what any of this was and I stayed away from it. I’m still not on NetGalley or Edelweiss, but that’s my own personal choice. I can’t wait to see what more you have in store for this series!

    1. Thanks! 🙂 well, maybe it’s a good choice – if you know you don’t want the stress of ARCs, then it’s right to not even try! I can totally respect that 🙂 I know I can’t resist though… So much of the blogging joy comes through ARCs for me 🙂 it’s like Christmas all year round 😀
      And yes, I promise many more good and informative #NewBloggers 101 posts 🙂

  19. Oh yes this is such epic advice! When I started off on Netgalley as a smol and tiny bean blogger, I did a lot of the “read nows” to boost my ratio so that then I could start requesting. Of course I’m basically just crying in the corner now because I get freaking denied for EVERYTHING on Edelweiss and Netgalley. But I think they do have it out for INT bloggers at the moment. Oh well. I love that you’re doing these 101 posts! So great!

    1. Thank you 🙂 yeah, didn’t we all just completely go out of hand on NetGalley xD
      Seriously, you get disapproved on there? Humm. Well, if YOU get disapproved, then it only shows how much they know xD but you get a lot of print copies from publishers, so maybe it’s okay 🙂 that’s better for Instagram anyway!

      And thanks! Yeah, the #NewBloggers 101 posts are fun, but kind of tough to arrange cause it involves a lot of guest posting. And that’s always harder to figure out 😀 hey, if you have anything you’d like to teach new bloggers, I would love to have you post something 🙂 I’m sure you don’t have time, but everyone loves you, so you could be able to contribute with good advice. Maybe about cake. Or stats. You kick at stats 😀 so if one day you wake up with the thought of “oh look I have nothing to do” (HAHAHAH RIGHT??), just tell me and we’ll think of something.

      I have 10+ posts with random people planned right now… Now just to settle the logistics and find my own time to plan it all 😀 (*cough* nightmare *cough* xD)

  20. I’m still considering because so far, the authors are the one who send them to me. I want to try and ask but I’m hella scared and I don’t even know why.

  21. Yaay! This post is amazing and I found it really helpful. I was scared to request books on Netgalley, last year I got only 3 – and 2 of them were the authors finding me on a different platform and inviting me on Netgalley to request the book, the third was one that I really wanted and got it (it wasn’t popular or anything).

    But now I kinda went crazy on the request – well, been declined for 6 of them already… but after reading your post I no longer feel bad because of this – and for some it was my mistake, I didn’t realize I was requesting a physical copy.

    So thank you for taking the time to help us new bloggers!
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    1. Thank youuuu! Yessss, I’m really glad that my post hits the spot 🙂

      When you get declined for 6, IT’S A GOOD THING. Because they just saved you some trouble 😀 it’s really nice to get books on NetGalley, but when 10 of them get approved all at once? 😀 Let me tell you… it’s better to get declined xD you’d go out of your mind.

      I am thinking I will be making a post (eventually) how to track when your ARCs are due automatically. Should help matters!

      Have you thought of joining my meme State of the ARC? 🙂

      Wow cool, where and how did you request the physical ARC? 🙂 oh, and yes, never feel bad about being declined… It could be many reasons! Not all of them to do with you. Some of them just to do with the publisher, regions, limits.. Loads of things!

      1. Now that I have so many ARCs to read maybe I should join State of the ARC!

        I requested the physical copy on Netgalley, then they sent me an email saying they only work with US and Canada reviewers. I didn’t even realized it wasn’t an e-book – I was on a requesting train that day, but you are right. Better to be declined than to have too many approved at once!
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        1. Yeah, you absolutely should 🙂 if for no other reason – just because it’s fun 😀
          Wait, how did you request a physical copy on NetGalley? O_o I thought they only have e-copies there? I am extremely puzzled 😀 did the request form or book look any different?

          1. I… don’t know? Below at available edition it said paperback I think – or wait, that has nothing to do with the book format? I am new to NetGalley, sorry.

  22. Great start to the series. I know when I began blogging (and even now) I had a habit of requesting way too many ARCs. It’s just so easy to get sucked in to ease of requesting on Netgalley. That is definitely one bonus for Edelweiss, you have to put a bit more work into requesting over there which helps with not over requesting. It’s very much a case of getting ARCs when you feel ready and to not get too crazy (which is a lesson we all could do with learning).
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    1. Thank you 🙂 apparently, we are not the only ones, prone to requesting a little bit too many ARCs. It happens to a lot of people 🙂 which is why I stress that it’s important NOT to xD (I just hope some people heed my advice! At least they’ve been told :D)

      I think you’re right about Edelweiss – it kind of is more work! If you need to write reasons why you want the book, you might realize you don’t really want it xD

  23. I have never requested a book, but have been offered a half dozen or so (from fiction to business and finance). At one time I was more open to accepting any “free gift” now I make sure it is really something I want to read and have time to review it in timely manner. I like your blog!


    1. Oh yeah, I know what you mean! Because the books you get offered are sometimes… Well, strange, some of them at least? There can be hidden gems for sure, but you have to pick carefully. And all the time commitments… But you should try requesting, because then the power of choice lies in your hands 🙂
      And thank you! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading.

  24. This is honestly so relieving. I haven’t requested ARCs because I have always been a bit nervous that I didn’t have the numbers to back me up. So thank you for that! Maybe this year I will start requesting ARCs 😀 Amazing post! <3

    1. I’m so glad you liked this post 🙂 I suggest maybe trying a few “Read Now” titles before flat out requesting. You will build a good ratio, and then request away! Really no need to hold yourself back if you feel like you want to!! And don’t pay any attention to the numbers, at first you might get declined, but you’ll surely be accepted eventually 🙂

  25. Great post! I started with the Read Now section because I was declined for the first few I requested and I think that’s a good way to go. Then of course everybody goes overboard with the requests.. I think it’s only natural if you’re set loose like that. We all learn eventually :-). A great start of the series!

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 yeah, I think everyone starts with Read Now 😀 I don’t think I even requested at all, at first – I was all like “nobody’s gonna accept me, no way in hell” xD but then they did.. I guess I did read a few Read Nows before though.

      But will we really learn? xD two years later, I’m not sure I have “learned” yet 😀 I still have loads of ARCs xD #bookwormproblems

  26. Your advice about NOT checking the stupid “inactive” folder is GOLD. Because I do it constantly, and when I see one listed as a rejection… it is bad. It’s so great that you requested early! I was so hung up on it because I had always heard the “6 months” rule, which… that’s quite arbitrary, isn’t it? Anyway, when I was new, I was so scared of rejection. So I didn’t request even an eARC for a full year after I started. Your way is much, much better! And good tip about not overdoing it, too- I have done that and regretted it! Great post!
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    1. Hahah, thank you 😀 yes, if I checked it every single time, I’d just be depressed (also, because INTERNATIONAL!!) It’s just not worth it looking at the rejections, and I’d also prefer if pubs on Edelweiss didn’t email us when we get rejected either xD

      Yes, I do think it’s quite arbitrary 🙂 it’s probably more of a guideline. But it also depends on the publisher – a lot of small pubs will take a blog of any size at all, if they’re only willing to honestly review and have passion for the book.

      Full year! Wow. I am impressed 🙂

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  27. (Re-posting here because somehow this comment ended up on the wrong post.)

    When I started, I didn’t even know ARCs were a thing! (I know, I know, how naïve was I?) I legit. just wanted to talk about books, and write about how they’ve acted as a sort-of life-raft to me through my mental health problems.

    It was actually over a year before I realised what these ARC thingies were! Lol.

    A couple of things I would add to your tips:

    1. Never log onto NetGalley when you’re tired. You end up requesting things and then NOT HAVING A FREAKING CLUE what these books are! (Honestly. No memory of requesting them. At all.)

    2. Short & sweet is better on Edelweiss. Don’t ask me why, but a quick ‘I like [name of author] and would love to read and review this book’ works better (in my experience) than detailed reasons you’d like to review the book. It also helps if you name-drop other books of theirs you’ve read.

    3. The ‘Read Now’ section on NetGalley in particular is great for hidden gems, and books you can review quickly to get your rating up.

    4. Saying ‘review to come’ or ‘DNF’ counts as feedback. (Not that I’d ever do that *shifty glances* Lol!)
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    1. No worries 🙂 I have deleted your other comment. Happens to everyone, I guess 😀

      Actually, I’ve met a few others who have blogged for a while now and have never heard of ARCs 🙂 this somehow happens! 😀 I guess not all blogger communities talk about ARCs. Or talk that loudly, haha 😀

      But when you think about it, ARCs are pretty great 😀 or at least can be.

      Oh wow, that’s very good advice about tired. I would add being sad – cause I have sad days when I feel like “I JUST WANT ALL THE BOOKS! To make me feel better.” And that’s ultimately no solution at all xD

      I absolutely agree about short on Edelweiss! That’s something I will be talking about in my Edelweiss profile post as well. Maybe it’s to do with the dashboards the publishers see, maybe they’re set up that way that it’s just better when it’s short. I absolutely agree.

      Hahah, agree about DNF 😀 actually, I didn’t know that about NetGalley up until just very recently! But I would still take care who you’re sending the DNF to – if it’s a publisher you want to work with in the future, it would be very smart to buckle up and remove the DN from DNF xD

      Awesome tips indeed 🙂 maybe I could make another post where various bloggers give tips about requesting! And include your tips that’s an idea!!! I’ll mark it down. And thank you for your amazing comment <3

  28. Fantastic post, i think this will be really helpful for people just starting off in the book blogging community and maybe even for people who have been doing it for awhile but still feel a bit lost. Keep up the great work 🙂

  29. Thanks, this is all really helpful! Wish I’d read this before I started requesting on netgalley. It’s all worked out but I would have skipped the worrying and nerves!

  30. I’m really all for requesting a book if you really want it! Sometimes authors and publishers may surprise you, and if you’re posting your review on Goodreads and/or Amazon as well your blog stats aren’t the biggest thing they will care about as more reviews is always best! And knowing that the reader wants to read it increases the chances of a positive review outcome. So a win win all round!
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  31. Lovely idea for your blog, Evelina! This was definitely a nice moral booster for those who have been curious about requesting arcs. I have almost zero experience with earcs since I have no device to read them on (ain’t going to read it on my phone, no way hahah) and I simply 2000% prefer paper. 😀 😀 Looking forward to the rest of your series, girl. Keep ’em coming! 😀

    1. Thanks, Lashaan 🙂 yeah, I agree, reading ebooks on your phone is just… ouch. I do use an app to listen to them though, it’s nice 🙂 but it doesn’t work for all of them. e-ARCs are the only way to go though, for us poor unloved internationals 😀 never do we get print ARCs! So eARCs for us 🙂 (but that’s fine, I kind of do love my kindle loads 🙂 )

  32. Kudos on the first #NewBloggers post! I am with you, I’ve been requesting ARCs since before I blogged. I think it’s actually really interesting that many people only request ARCs if they are bloggers. Super interesting. I appreciate you warning people about over requesting! I definitely suffered from that when I first created a NetGalley account and I still have a few books from that list I’m waiting to get to… O_o

    I am really interested in the print ARCs post. The only way I get Print ARCs is through Blogging for Books. i know there are services like that in many countries, too. Is there one you have access to? But other that those services… I’m not certain how you’d go about doing it. But however it is, I want in! I love being able to share my favorite books with others. That’s the biggest downside to eARCs. 🙁
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    1. Oh cool! I didn’t know you also requested before 🙂 how did you find out that that was a thing at all?

      Nope, there aren’t really services like that in many countries xD only US and England. Maybe India and Germany. That’s about it. My country is as big as your city xD no print books, ever. But I think you can request publishers directly, although I’ve never tried. I’m too afraid to hear a NO 🙁

  33. I love your list of questions! I always over do it with arcs and find myself rushing through things to meet deadlines. That list is a great process for really getting the books you want and not the books you can get.

    1. Thanks! You know, I think you are not alone, I know only like a few bloggers who do not overdo their requests, and I am truly inspired by those unbelievably mentally strong individuals 😀 god knows I can’t do that! But yes, I think it ultimately teaches us to be less greedy as people – on taking only what you need instead of hoarding 🙂 the question is, whether I have learned this lesson yet xD hahaha

  34. Thank you so much for this post! Was extremely helpful 🙂 I am just starting out my blog and not sure when would be appropriate to start requesting. Question for you though… at what point is it appropriate to start requesting hardcopies? Is there a minimum number of subscribers/pageviews required by certain publishers?

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    1. You are very welcome, and thank you for reading 🙂 please check out the other posts in the new bloggers series! There will be way more content.
      I can’t say about hard copies though.. I am international – nobody will ever send me hard copies because I am too far away, it’s just too expensive (very few internationals ever get hard copies of books). But I would say first try requesting ebooks and get the hang of it 🙂 I’ve known American bloggers who started requesting hard copies a month in and got them, others have not received any for years. A rule of thumb would be a half a year, I guess? But I’d say request ecopies first and show publishers that you do review ARCs on your blog and you keep to your commitments. Could be easier to start requesting then 🙂
      By the way, if you’re a new blogger, would you like to join the New Bloggers Support Chat Group? I could send you an invite 🙂

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