So I talk about ARC.
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I’m hypocrite if I say I don’t like receiving ARC. I love receiving ARCs. It’s part of why I like this whole blogging shindig. It’s free books. No matter how we sugar coat things up, it’s still a free book. But there’s so many fuss around ARCs; one that either bloats the heart or deflates the ego. Or on my case more of the latter especially if you’re receiving a rejection on a constant basis. But after a while, my ego numbed and I don’t take rejection personally anymore. Hey, if you don’t want me to read & review the book, fine by me. I’ll just go and read the ones that are already on my pile, which is suffice to say, are plenty enough.
© Epic Reads Instagram account.
Having an ARC or not is not a big deal to me anymore. Well, unless I’m really looking forward to reading the book but in most cases, I’m contended with waiting (particularly if I don’t have any options but to wait). I’m happy that publishers like for example, Harper Collins and Harlequin auto-approved me because I get to try the book before purchasing them. In fact having an access such as this is good for my pocket. I also never really think of myself as part of marketing campaign because I don’t really market myself to begin with. Sometimes, I even forgot to tweet my review (that’s why I recently install a plugin that will auto-tweet my post). I don’t know if I have that huge of an influence to my readers to make them read a book (although I do sometimes get messages that they tried the books because of my review; which is flattering and nerve wracking at the same time). I mean, pressure, right?
Having an ARC or not is not a big deal to me. It doesn’t make me a better blogger than the others and vice versa. It shouldn’t sound like a competition. We all do it for the love and fun of it, right? That’s why I cringe whenever I read that receiving ARC particularity print copies validate their worth. And if you’re one who thinks the same and I’m very sad for you. That you think your worth as a blogger heavily relies on the ARC you received. I really pity you. (← ETA: I’m sort of harsh there, sorry. But I’m just sad how one aspect carries such a big influence on one’s perception of being a book blogger, that is all. But if you think of yourself that way, I guess that’s fine. To each their own, I guess. )
Having an ARC or not is not a big deal to me. There are thousands of books already published just waiting for me to be read. I just missed them because I was too caught up on getting the latest books. Yes, it feels giddy receiving a book that’s not out in the market yet. Not denying that. But that doesn’t make the already published book any less great than what I am about to read. Time and time again I was proven by that fact. The latest is not always the greatest.
Having an ARC or not should never, ever be a big deal. We’re book bloggers, we blog about books regardless of the publishing date. So it is disappointing to read on how we put ARCs on such a high pedestal when there are great books being neglected in the process. I love receiving ARC and will continue to do so but I’m not going to put a lot of energy into it. I’m going to read books I like, ARCs or otherwise. I will never ever make a huge deal out of it. Anymore.
So what is your take on Advance copies? Care to share it with me. :happy: