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So I talk about ARC.


Bookish Verbosity is a non-regular feature at AEROPAPERS where I talk about topics that are related to books, blogging and the community.

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:

2014 / 01 / 28

12 Responses to Bookish Verbosity: About ARC Part 1

  1. Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books says:

    I don’t think people who uses ARCs to measure their legitimacy as a blogger should be looked down upon. It’s just one way to look it it. Like how some people use the number of followers they have. I think it’s one way to measure their successful. People want to know that they’re making a mark, or making a difference. If they choose to measure their success by the number of arcs they receive, I don’t think they should be looked down upon.

    People who are only in it for the ARCs are blogging for the wrong reasons. I’m not going to lie, I really like getting arcs, whether they are e-ARCs or physical ARCS. Books just make me happy. So, at least for me, it’s not about the number of approvals or specific approvals, it’s the fact that I’ve gotten approved at all. That someone wants me to read and have an opinion. Regardless, I’m bookish, and would’ve probably be reading anyway, but it’s the fact that someone cares about what I have to say.

    But I do agree that people tend to put a lot more meaning into ARCs than there should be. Okay, you read a book before it came out, you’re cool. But so what, I’m going to get to it eventually.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Maybe I’m bit harsh on that, sorry. But I personally don’t measure my, you could, say success as a blogger on the ARCs that I acquire (or even the followers I have). And maybe I have different way of measuring my worth as a book blogger. But I just don’t like to see that some may think of themselves less because they didn’t get those books. It feels like a competition to me. I also don’t feel good when I read that a blogger feel relevant because they get to read ARCs (particularly printed ARCs). I really don’t mind reading book reviews regardless of if it was an ARC or not. So it makes me sad to read that they validate their worth on one aspect alone. At one time I even doubted my worth but then realized I should be blogging for fun and for the love of books and that’s what important to me. I know a blogger who didn’t review ARCs and has an established blog. I don’t know but having that kind of mindset gives me a wrong impression.

      And that’s another story all together. That kind of blogger will never last if they try blogging to get an ARC. I think the novelty of getting it wears after some time.

      I love getting ARCs, I will still request for ‘em. They’re free books after all and just like you said at some point if feels good that they want your opinion and in some ways you helped promote the books (especially if you end up loving it).

  2. Nikki @ The Paper Sea says:

    When I tried blogging before, I got caught up in the idea that ARCs denote your worth and success as a blogger, and it caused me so much stress. I felt like I was worth nothing because publishers didn’t want to send me advance copies of books (even though I knew it was because I was such a new blogger) and eventually, it got me down so much, I had to give up on that blog.

    When I came back to blogging with The Paper Sea, I vowed to put that behind me and not base my worth on ARCs. Like you, I still request them but a rejection doesn’t hurt me any more. It doesn’t make a difference in the end: I’ll still read the book either way. Plus, having such a backlog of ARCs makes it harder to read the books that I want to read; it just ends up feeling like a chore.

    Basically, I take the same stance as you, Mitchii! There’s so much more to blogging than ARCs, like community and fun, that you should base your worth and success on. :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Same here, everyone is so excited about getting ARCs that along the way it became a big indication of being a successful blogger. And when someone validate their legitimacy as a blogger via their ARCs they receive, it for me sounds wrong. Blogging is always something personal to me, I believe that I am successful because I enjoy what I do.

      Yeah, at some point getting all these ARCs become stressful and reading becomes a chore. There are definitely downside to reviewing ARCs. Thanks Nikki.

  3. When I started to blog, I wasn’t aware of ARC’s and I like that. ARC’s shouldn’t matter so much. It’s not as if ARC’s stand equal to success. It’s just something fun and extra. I do feel happy when authors/publishers clearly feel me worthy of getting ARC’s. It makes me feel.. appreciated and I am grateful for it :D but I would still be the same happy blogger without them.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Me too, then when I saw someone reading a book I knew that wasn’t out yet, it made me curious and decided to research, I was introduced to the world of ARCs. It’s fun getting a book most people need to wait, but we’re giving so much importance to it that for me it is taking us away to what’s truly important in this hobby: our love of books, all books not just ARCs.

      Thanks Mel. :D

  4. Pretty Little Reader says:

    I totally get the excitement for ARCs – I mean, you’re among a club of the privileged few who were given one! It’s exciting and it’s fun and it can be a pretty good indication that you’re “successful**” at book blogging, at least in a publisher’s eyes.

    (**Not that there isn’t other ways to measure success, or that by not getting ARCs you aren’t successful).

    But I don’t think a blogger’s end game should be free stuff, or that will catch up with them eventually.

    I love getting ARCs, but they also come with a price – pressure, deadlines, expectations – that I’m not interested in right now. So while they’re free books, and who doesn’t love that?!, they’re not without a cost :)

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s really fun, it’s like publishers/authors trust you enough to market their books. But at the same time reading too much ARCs could be overwhelming. Like you said I have deadlines to meet which pressure me to blog. I feel like it’s a job rather than my hobby. And I never want to feel that way because I love what I do. Thanks. :D

  5. Ah Mitchii! What a great post :D Personally, I feel the same way as you! ARCs are nice to receive, and there’s always the novelty of receiving ARCs, but they shouldn’t denote your success as a blogger; like Aly said, some may measure their success in that manner, but for me, I don’t feel that’s the way to do it!
    When I started out as a new blogger, all I knew was that I wanted to review books. What was ARCs? I didn’t know. When I started branching out from my own blog, visiting others, I then came to know the term ARC, but I didn’t know what it meant! So I had to google the term before I actually understood xD (heehee.)
    Similar to you, sometimes not getting the ARC is not a big deal to me. I can always get it as a nice pretty paperback when it comes out, can’t I? :D
    Excellent post, Mitchii!! I’m sure this will help a lot of new bloggers out there too :)
    P.S. Doesn't your countdown to Ignite Me say 6 days?! :O 6 DAYS MORE TO ENLIGHTENMENT, MITCHII!! xD

    • Mitchii G. says:

      My widget says only 5 days! Weeeee! I’m excited!

      It gives me the wrong impression basically, especially if someone’s focusing too much on getting ARCs to validate himself as a good blogger. And then there’s rejection that comes from it, in some ways can be deflating because you always think that you’re not good enough for them.

      But I decided not to dwell on it anymore. I would never measure myself on these things when I personally find myself successful in my own ways. And I think enjoying what you do is far more important than the perks we get by being a book blogger.

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