Publishing is defined as the process of creating and marketing books for the public eye.
A book publisher is a company that handles all the stages of getting a book into the people’s hands. They acquire manuscripts from authors and let the editorial staff do their magic. After the work is edited to their liking, the artwork is designed. “This includes the cover art, typesetting, paper quality, binding method, casing and even proofreading.” This stage is also important because publicists produce press release sheets which are then sent to the media and yes to book bloggers as well to create early buzz. Word of mouth about a specific book. The process of printing a book is underway and the publisher distributes the books to the public. They in return work with many booksellers from mom and pop stores to big chain book stores and get their published books into people’s willing hands.
A list of worldwide publishers are here: http://publishersglobal.com/directory/canadian/publishers-in-Canada
An ARC stands for Advance Reader Copy and is given to magazines, newspapers, bloggers, and reviewers for review. It’s a marketing tool to gather hype around the book before it goes on sale. They’re expensive to make, and the best way a publisher can make use of it is to spread the word out about the book.
A galley is an uncorrected proof (just like an ARC) without the pretty cover art. That’s the difference.
Book bloggers are sent ARCs to promote the release of the book. They read, review and then publish it on their blog. Not only do they spread the word about that ARC online, they also talk to their friends, family and fellow book lovers. Book bloggers aren’t paid, so in return most people will believe the truth from someone who is willing o do this for free. We as book bloggers write reviews honestly, and we uphold that truth in the way we write our reviews.
NOTE: these guidelines are the summarized answers taken from NetGalley http://www.netgalley.com/about/publisher-prefs
Electronic ARCs are read on any device. Some eReaders include the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, or the Kobo. Or you may read on your desktop computer. They are a wonderful way to read books and in order to be approved, you must follow the same publisher approval preferences.
NetGalley is a perfect web site that acts as a liaison to book bloggers and publishers. There are a list of requirements before you even request to read any of the titles. Check the requirements here. Sign-up is free and you must fill out your profile to the best of your ability. When I signed up I didn’t fill out my profile on detail and was denied my first couple of titles. What a newbie mistake! Do remember to fill it out honestly and in detail.
Edelweiss is another site that I found from one of my fellow book bloggers. (I can’t rememebr who! I’m sorry) Not only is it a great way to receive digital ARCs, but it’s also a great way to see all the upcoming book titles from every publisher. It’s one of the best catalogue sites for book information. Just remember that it defaults to American release dates.
You’ve been blogging for six months consistently, and you’ve managed a following already. It’s time to contact the publisher. In the following questions, I give tips on what to say and who to contact.
Start off with an introduction to who you are, what your blog is about, the name, and the url. Describe which types of books you like to read, when you started blogging, and what else your blog has to offer. Also include the other sites where your review will appear, sites that include Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, and Good Reads. Don’t forget to include your mailing address.
Be professional and polite. Don’t write informally. And don’t make your email long. Publishers are very busy people and if they see an email that’s long and winded they won’t even bother to read it. Keep it simple and straight to the point.
Hello Macmillan! My name is Alice Wonder, and I’m a fellow book lover at heart. My passion in life is to read books and share the written word with fellow lovers. I just started blogging in November 2011, and I have amassed 312 Twitter followers, and 254 Facebook likes. My blog consists of three books review posts, two meme posts, and one featured post for a total of six blog posts a week. I blog constranfly and love reading books from adult, children and teen books. My fave is teen/ya books. I prefere reading science fiction, mystery and romance novels. My monthly unique visits 1422. My monthly visits 1755. My page views 10653. Since I also love to share my opinion of books, I post my reviews on Good Reads and Amazon. I have taken a look at your cataloogue and would love to request Eve and Adam, Glitch and Defiance. my mailing address is: Alice Wonder 125 Queen Street E. Toronto, ON M5V 1S7 THANK YOU!
– Alice Wonder
Can you catch several mistakes in this email?
My name is Alice Wonder, and I’m a fellow book lover at heart. My passion in life is to read books and share the written word with fellow lovers. I just started blogging six months ago at http://www.yourbookblog.com. My blog consists of three books review posts, two meme posts, and one featured post for a total of six blog posts a week. I blog constantly and love reading books from adult, children and teen books. My fave is teen/ya books. I prefer reading science fiction, mystery and romance novels.
Since I also love to share my opinion of books, I post my reviews on Good Reads and Amazon and further promote my reviews on my Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Twitter followers: 312
Facebook likes: 254
Monthly unique visits: 1422
Monthly visits: 1755
Page views: 10653
I have taken a look at your catalogue and would love to request the following titles:
My mailing address is:
125 Queen Street E.
Thank you for taking the time to read my email and I look forward to your reply.
Now isn’t that a lot easier to read? Everything is organized in chunks and it’s very quick to scan through and read. It’s also very important to research which books you want before you send. Double-check your address and email before you send it off.
Have you waited for about three weeks yet? If you have, then you can send a follow-up email quickly reminding them about your previous email.
They’re found on the publisher’s web site. You can always do a search for each one. They will have large PDFs which you can download and you can find out which upcoming titles are going to be out during the season.
Nope! Since you didn’t request it, you’re not obligated to read it. Sometimes they’ll send you the second book in a series and you will have to go and find out the first book in order to read it.
This is an idea taken from Anna @ Literary Exploration Thanks hun!
I did the grunt work for you, and researched all the publisher links that I could find. These are Canadian Publisher Contacts.
Hachette Book Group Canada
For inquiries regarding Little Brown Books for Young Readers’ authors and titles:
Public Relations/Corporate Information
Katherine Orr, Vice President, Public Relations
Harper Collins Canada
Feiwel and Friends
St, Martin’s Press
Penguin Group Canada
McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
Simons and Schuster Canada
Thomas Allen and Son
Please do not share your publisher contacts with anyone else. And please do not ask. It’s impolite! Book bloggers work hard to get where they are, so you will have to too 🙂 If I missed any other publisher, please let me know.