So, I get that “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”, according to Mr. Gretzky and you know, logic. But that doesn’t stop me from being a complete and total coward when it comes to, well, just about anything. But, for the purpose of this particular post, let’s talk about ARCs. Don’t worry, I have other ideas in the works too. Because obviously, I am not not requesting ARCs but being super forward in all other life areas.
Basically, every book blogger who has been doing it for more than ten minutes knows about ARCs. You can request them, publishers and authors can reach out to you, maybe other stuff can happen, I have no idea. Everyone knows the rules: No one is owed an ARC, they are a privilege and not a right. Never harass anyone
for one. Be kind and grateful if you do get one. And I am 100% on board with all of that. But, if you have been blogging for say, twenty minutes or so, you’ve certainly heard about Netgalley
. On these sites you can, among other things, request ARCs of books you’re interested in reviewing. Sometimes, you can read without requesting, which generally makes me the happiest reader in town. Why? Because I simply cannot request anything.
See, when I was first starting out, I knew the basics: If no one read your blog or followed in any way, publishers weren’t going to approve your requests. So I didn’t ask. I left that for the bigger bloggers, and eagerly awaited both release days and their reviews. But alas, my anxiety-ridden self has a few followers. And a couple of page views. So you’d think I’d start requesting, maybe build up my feedback, etc. Right? Wrong. I am so unbelievably terrified at the notion of being rejected, that I simply never, ever ask. No matter what. I don’t care if not another single person on the planet wanted to read the book and I did, I am too afraid to ask.
Dumb, no? Even if 99 requests were denied, and one lonely request was approved, I’d get to read one amazing book, right? Sure, logical people. I know you’re right, truly I do. But I can’t do it. Because I am so paranoid of rejection, that I guess I would rather never be told “no” than take the risk of maybe, just maybe, being told “yes”.
The funny part is, I totally get why I’d get rejected. I know it takes years to establish yourself, if you are lucky. And how do you establish yourself? You put yourself out there! Hopefully, in due time, I will get the courage. For now, I will live vicariously through other bloggers, and wait patiently for release days. Maybe someday, I’ll get the courage to take the shot.
And now, I ask you, dear readers: When did YOU take the plunge and start requesting? Or, are you like me, waiting for the “right time”?