I'm just curious how some people are sent ARC's. I've notcied some people don't have blogs, but make video's, other's don't do either or.
Do people send messages to publisher's? If so, what do you tell them? I have a blog with about 150 followers. Too little? I'd be fine with contacting publisher's but don't no how are even what I'd tell them. I love reading and would love to review books (in case any of you are interested). I'm located in Canada, so I'm not sure if that makes a difference.
Anyways, this is my blog: http://thelittlebluepig.blogspot.com/
I've gotten a couple requests, mostly from authors or small publishers. I've accepted a couple, but only received one book thus far. I think that requests just sort of happen over time... You mentioned on your review policy that you have apps for an ipad; I think that you should be able to read books from NetGalley on it. I don't accept e-books because I don't have an e-reader yet either, and it does tend to limit one's options.
I am mostly contacted by authors and publishers. You can go into Amazon forums or writers forums and let them know you are looking for books to review. Be specific about what you are looking for. You may get a lot of authors that way but be aware you will get a lot of self published authors too (which isn't a bad thing if you want to read anything).
I think you are more likely to get books to review if you have a niche. Be careful what you wish for though. I let the word out that I was wanting books to review and got overwhelmed for a while but I am caught up and happy to add more.
HI Angela, I was like you too when I first started, I didnt know how and why do people get ARCs, after couple of months of blogging, I decided to have a look over the internet on how this book blogging really works, it took me 5 months or maybe even 6 the first time I received ARCS, but even before that, I was a Netgalley member, and I know how you feel reading over your computer thats why I bought my Kindle.
I think theres no harm in sending emails to the publishers, you say your from Canada, then try emailing some publishers over there in your country. What I do, I briefly introduce my self, I tell them Im a book blogger behind blah blah blah, and then that I love reading YA fiction books. and then put the titles you wanted to read. Put your blog stats, pageviews and followers stuff like that, I think that also helps. I heard the more established you blog is the better. And consistency in putting your review posts is also a good thing,
Check out Canadians publishing site. Check out the books genres that you are in to and find the contact for publicity and email them. Once is enough, dont get hurt or something if they didn't reply you or they reject you, it happens all the time. The thing is we can only try. I also heard some publishers would send you arcs if you have atleast 300 followers up, but I have some blogger friends who has below 300 followers and still receiving some ARCs. Like Ive said we can only try. Try emailing authors as well, some authors are nice enough to forward your request to their publicist/publishers, and who knows you might get lucky. I did that too before and it worked for me, although some would only give you ebooks, so I guess having an ereader really helped me alot. But publishers would really send bloggers printed copies and its cool because of the covers and stuff. :)
I hope this helps a little bit, its not much but it can give you a little idea about requesting ARCs. Good luck with your blog. Ill follow you now. :)