I remember my first days of blogging (almost a year ago now *eep!*) two questions of many that I had thought of were:
- What is an ARC
- Where do you get them?
The image on the left is a finished copy of Fallen by Lauren Kate, and the smaller image next to it was the ARC version. Of course not every version looks like this but some do, but all versions will state somewhere on the cover that it is an ARC and cannot be copied or sold.
Now, on to the second question, where do you get them? Most of the time bloggers will get ARC's from publishers to review - keep in mind that this does not happen over night. I had been blogging for five months before I got my first ARC!
But there are other ways to read arc's! Getting one from a publisher in the mail is fantastic, don't get me wrong, but for people who can't wait, here lies your solution!
Some great posts on ARC's and where you can get them are below:
- The Story Siren ( Advance reader copies: what you need to know)
- The Story Siren (Where'd you get all those books part 1)
- The Story Siren (Where did you get all those books part 2)
- Presenting Leonore's (Where to get free books and ARC's)
But today I'm going to focus on ARC Tours, which are fantastic! So what are ARC Tours? ARC Tours are different for every site, but most commonly you sign up on the site and give your name, address, blog, etc to the person that runs the site. Then you check back consistently, and when you see and ARC listed that you would like to read you sign up for the tour in the comment section.
Now what happens is you and everyone else who signed up for the tour get places randomly in a numerical list, and the first person on the list gets shipped the ARC. You get the ARC you read it, review it, and then you get the name and address of the next person on the list and you ship it out to them. This continues all the way until the end when the last person ships the ARC back to the person who originally got it.
Sure, you have to pay for shipping, but that's usually a small price to pay to be able to read one of your favorite books way before it comes out. Plus, reviewing the ARC's is great for your blog, and if you are participating in the 2010 Debut Author Challenge, it's great help.
So let's get to the good stuff...the ARC tour blogs!!!
- One ARC Tour *Canada, and US*
current tours have been: Before I Fall, Restoring Harmony, Shadow Hills, and The Red Umbrella
Current tours have been: The Education of Bet, The Karma Club, Hourglass, Blood Feud, and The Forbidden Sea
Current tours have been: Radiant Shadows, Hold Still, and Life of Glass
4. Traveling ARC Tours *Canada and US*
Current tours have been: Will Grayson, Will Grayson; Everlasting, Arson, Forgive my Fins, and Perchance to Dream
Current tours have been: Beautiful Creatures, Some Girls Are, Truly Madly, Wings
Current tours have been: Claire de Lune, Angelology
7. International Book Tours *yes international bloggers can get arc's too!*
Current tours have been: Forget-her-nots, rising shadows, shade, my invented life, and sing me to sleep
8. Book It Forward ARC Tours *US only*
Current tours have been: Freaksville, Hex Hall, The Body Finder, Sisters Red
Current tours have been: Hidden Voice, Some Girls Are, Little Black Lies, Freaksville
Alright that's all for me today, be sure to check out those Tour websites! If you know of an additional tour website, please leave the link in the comments below I would be more than happy to add it!
Hope this helps some of you!