But alas I was wrong. Nope, the goal of killing me has been given to the publishing houses. When I email an author I can put a face with the name. I know who I am talking to, they for the most part have a general idea of who I am…and we go from there. A publishing house is a completely different story. There could be a person sitting there in front of their computer or something with two heads and a million eyes reading my email…I have no clue.
Requesting an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) has to be done a specific way and to a specific person. Not following the rules will swiftly get you a “no” from everyone. Knowing those rules is what becomes the issue. Who do you ask? What do you say? How do you say it? How do you portray yourself and you blog?
Now, I did my research. I spent hours at the computer reading up on upcoming titles, the different publishing houses and TheStorySiren who gives awesome advice on how to go about asking for something you may be interested in. When the time came to request though, I froze momentarily. I think I must be a glutton for punishment. I hate rejection as much as the next person. To put yourself out there is just asking to be let down. But there is also that glimmer of satisfaction when you put yourself out there. I may fail….miserably. Or I could totally rise above. You never know until you try right?
So with about four cups of coffee running through my veins I hit that send button and will sit back and wait. I picked only a few books that I thought would reach me the deepest and bit the bullet and asked. No is all they can say right? The first book I requested on NetGalley was rejected but I persevered and have since gotten a few. I only ask for those that really speak to me. No sense in asking for tons that don’t. Plus my time is precious, and I don’t want to waste it on something that doesn’t call to me.
When I first set about to build my website this project didn’t even enter into by brain. I have learned so much so quickly it astounds me daily. And so while it may not be proper blog etiquette to even be posting this particular blog…I will. I am what I am…and I am completely proud of that. I want everyone following along with my journey to know how I got here. Honestly, Respectfully and Fully Engaged.