Get your book in the hands of reviewers and publishers by printing your ARC
An advanced reader copy (ARC) is an incomplete version of a book that is typically distributed to bookstores,
publishers and reviewers in advance of its publication. Traditionally, these reviewers consist of magazines and
literary newspapers, but the list has expanded in recent years to include bloggers and social media personalities.
ARCs will commonly lack a final cover design and proofread edits and instead feature publication information or quotes from readers who have seen the book. But unlike proofs, ARCs contain the complete, rough version of the book’s content.
In the growing world of self-publishing, ARCs allow authors to lead with their strongest marketing tool: their content! ARCs generate buzz among readers and online communities, giving books the competitive headstart they need before they hit the marketplace.
For freelance writers, ARCs are an important tool for generating publicity, praise, and critical insight, which in turn lead to increased book sales. ARCs also foster relationships among industry professionals and influencers, resulting in broader name recognition.
Get your stamps ready! Typically, ARCs are sent out three months in advance of the book's release, allowing the author to make final edits based on the reviewers' input. An ARC package should include:
ARCs can be mailed to reviewers (newspapers, literary journals, bloggers, etc.) in order to generate publicity. Freelance writers can also consider sending their ARCs to publishers in the hopes of getting picked up for wider distribution. When printing with Gorham Printing, have a list of addresses ready for us to mail directly to reviewers, saving yourself shipping costs.
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Get the word out by mailing your ARC to newspapers, magazines and publishers.
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