5 Tips to giving feedback on an ARC

Exploring the Art of Writing and Self-Publishing

Quick Tips

One of the benefits of being an author is knowing lots of other authors, many of which will offer free copies of their books in exchange for an honest review. You have a direct line to the author. It’s completely different than buying a book directly from the bookstore. In my opinion, receiving an ARC comes with a lot more responsibilities as a reader.

Let me explain. You just received an ARC or free copy for review. You’ve read the book, but there are… issues. What do you do?

Here’s what I do.

I agonize over what to say to the author. I weigh and measure what I should take into consideration and what not to. Is the book already published and available for purchase? Am I reading the final version, or is this a draft? The author may still have a last proofread and final edits to do.

It’s never easy to tell someone you…

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