I have a lot of followers, and my stats are fine, but every time I request a book via netgalley or email, they deny me. Any other websites out there for arcs? OR advice?
I agree with Diana.... got to the publicist, not the author. On netgalley most publishers like to see stats on your profile, and see that you blog (reviews) often. You have the followers, just blog your butt off :)
One piece of advise a friend offered me that really seems to help is to merge/consolidate all of your stats when letting publishers know what kind of a following you have. Instead of telling them how many Google, Linky, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS followers you have, roll all that up into number - in my case, 728 sounds a lot more impressive than 166 plus 29 plus 157 plus etc.
The other thing that I've found helps is letting them know where else the reviews will be published, and what kind of stats you have there. I always let them know my reviews get posted to Goodreads, Amazon, and Chapters-Indigo, and let them know what my rating is on each.
But wouldn't rolling it all up into one number be misleading for one person could follow you on all those sites and you would be counting them multiple times?
Yeah. You can click "follow" and then never visit someone's blog again. That's why I hate GFC as an indicator of a blog's popularity; average page views is a bit more effective.
I wouldn't roll up all the stats because of double-counting, and because it feels dishonest to me.
ARCs are advanced copies of a book. I don't think this thread is for promoting your blog. The poster is asking for help on her blog.
I removed the post following your advice. Thanks. But what kind of followers are being discussed. I thought it was about blog followers. And that's what I was asking to reciprocate following. If I may ask, advanced copies of books from where.
Publishers send bloggers and members of media advanced copies of books (ARCs). The poster is saying that she has a high number of blog followers, but publishers are rejecting her requests for ARCs.
Just bear with me please. So the author requests publishers to send advanced copies to media and bloggers??? Then publisher decides whether to send or not.
Sorry to be pain. But I am new to this Indie and marketing, even though I have published with regular publishers for decades. Thanks for the explanation.
yup, agree with all above... i know my publisher at least looks at the reviewers site before releasing a book to them via netgalley... otherwise, people could sign up for free books
I agree with everyone who said lack of content. DO NOT contact the author unless it's a self-published author, though. Authors only receive a limited amount of ARCs, and I'm about 99% sure that they get really tired of people asking them for free stuff all the time. I haven't been told this, it's just a common sense assumption. Also, publishers only have a limited amount of ARCs that they can give away, so if you don't have a lot of reviews, and have never reviewed anything from this publisher (sometimes that's a factor), then they aren't going to take the chance on you. Also, they can tell a lot of the time if someone has started a blog just so they can get "free books," even though those books aren't free, and they won't give those people anything. The blog should be started because you love to read and talk about what you've read. Once you make that clear by posting a lot of reviews of already released material, they'll be more likely to take a chance on you. I've never had a problem getting ARCs, but I posted a lot of reviews before I started asking for them. I didn't have a ton of followers at first, but I did have a lot of reviews. I wanted to talk about what I'd read, and I used the blog as an outlet for that. It was clear from my blog that I love promoting good literature, so the publishers were willing to take a chance on me. I've only been declined twice on Net Galley, and one time it was because I accidentally requested something that was for Australian residents only, and I'm in the US. I got a little overzealous when I saw the title and clicked before reading, haha. The other time was Flux Books, but they have a really strict ARC policy. I won't request from them again because you have to have a blog for something crazy like three years before they even consider you (I think). If I want to read a book of theirs, I'll just check it out from the library or buy it when it comes out because I have a ways to go to reach three years. I hope this helped some.