Several weeks ago, I read Mishma’s post on ARCs and whether or not they are a symbol of blogger status. You can read her original post here. I wanted to write my own post about it because I thought it was a good discussion topic. So I asked her if she minded, and she gave me the go ahead.
So thank you again, Mishma!
So what do you think of when you think of ARCs?
I think of responsibility. ARCs are a lot of responsibility. When you are granted an ARC request, you are basically telling the publisher that you will read the book in a timely fashion and you will review it right around the publication date. Most of us bloggers have every intention of sticking to a schedule, but as our names and our blogs get out there more, we get bogged down and it takes everything we have to climb out of the hole we’ve dug.
Yet, we still want those ARCs. You know, the ARCs of those amazing titles that only a select few bloggers actuallly get access to? Logically we know that publishers cannot give them to every single blogger that wants them, but we want to be considered worthy.
In many people’s minds, even if they don’t like admitting it, getting ARCs (especially ARCs for those major titles) is a status thing. I mean if someone gets a highly anticipated ARC, then everyone else sits up, takes notice and thinks that blogger just achieved “big blogger” status. In reality, that’s not always the case. There can be any number of reasons why this blogger or that blogger gets that coveted ARC.
But, I don’t think I’d consider ARCs a symbol of blogger status if people were not jealous, competitive and on occasion, angry that they didn’t receive a certain ARC that others did. I think it’s some people’s attitudes that make it seem like it’s a status symbol.
Now I’m not going to say that I never get jealous, because that would be a lie. I do get jealous still, but I manage to deal with it quietly and make sure I express how excited I am for the bloggers who DID get that super coveted ARC. I am doing a lot better with this than when I first started blogging back in 2013. I am also very competitive, but I’ve learned to tone that down in the book blogging world.
So what are your thoughts about ARCs? Do you think they symbolize a blogger’s status?