ARC – Advanced Reader (Review) Copy, i.e. that thing that most book bloggers stumble upon soon after they start and quickly become obsessed and addicted. I went through it, you went through it, we’re all going through the seven stages of ARCs!
Note: this post is very much not serious, though it might be painfully close to home at times >.> *hides TBR pile*.
Stage 1: Confusion
What is this beautiful new world?
Symptoms: You hear about other bloggers discussing which ARCs they are going to request, which ones they got in the mail, which ones they are reading but the book isn’t even out yet! You quickly research the heck out of this crazy acronym and move on to…
Stage 2: Desire
Want want want
Symptoms: You now know about the possibility of getting books early and for free so that you can read them! (and review, but whatevs, right?) You obsessively go through Goodreads and catalogue all the upcoming books that you desparately hope you might be able to get an ARC of. You stalk other bloggers lists and mailbox posts to see what they got and your wish list continues to grow!
Stage 3: (Possibly Misplaced) Determination
Work hard, will get
Symptoms: Once you’ve got up the gumption, you start requesting books! You work hard to get your stats up so that you might maybe someday get approved for some ARC that you remember requesting that one time. Sure, you are only mildly interested in some of these books, but you probably won’t get accepted anyway, so what is the harm?? You just want an ARC, any ARC!
Stage 4: Elation
I got one!
Symptoms: Finally! All your emailing and post-writing and list-stalking has paid off and you got an ARC! Perhaps it is an eARC, perhaps it is a physical (note: you might regress to this stage upon receiving a physical ARC after receiving eARCs for a while, be warned). In any case, you finally made it!
Stage 5: Envy
Why didn’t I get that one?
Symptoms: Despite getting your own ARCs from time to time, there will always be books that for some reason you are declined for that others get and you just can’t figure out why! Your stats are equal, maybe even better. Your blog is a perfect fit for that ARC! Many bloggers report problems moving through this stage, just remember to breathe and fantasize about buying the pretty hardcover the second it hits shelves!
Stage 6: Panic
Omg, too many!
Symptoms: All those requests you sent out on a whim are being accepted! There is no way you can read all these books before they are published, or even in the next year! IT’S MADNESS! If you quit your job and order in groceries from now until next year, you might just be able to read all these books, it’s a great plan! (Note: not actually a great plan.)
Stage 7: Tranquility
Eff it, I read what I want
Symptoms: It is rumored that the final stage of ARCs is tranquility, though few bloggers report ever achieving such a stage. It is possible that you will regress after achieving Tranquility, but have heart! Eventually, there will be so many books that you simply accept that you can’t read them all and that is all right. Hopefully, it will sink in that you can always read that sought-after ARC once it is published, so you don’t need to be jealous. You don’t need to request every single book that could possibly be good; you can just request the ones that you are incredibly excited for. This, my fellow bloggers, is what it is all about ;-).
While you should always seek a professional for working through the seven stages of ARCs, what stage do you think you might be at?
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