ARC Request Templates (Email & Profile)

Hi friends and welcome to another bookish resource! I’ve been dubbed the Email Queen 👑 by Soph, and a recent Twitter poll had an overwhelming response for email templates… so I thought that I would share the ones I wrote pertaining to ARCs. And while we are talking about putting your best foot forward on your ARC requests, I have also included some tips on how to make your NetGalley & Edelweiss profile as strong as ever!

This post is not meant to be a how-to guide with links to publicity contacts and the general milestones most publishers are looking for before granting review requests. That isn’t to say that I won’t make that post in the future, but for the purposes of this post I wanted to keep it simple with templates only. If you’re looking for that kind of post, I recommend that you check out the amazing guides by A Whisper of InkNose Graze, or Novel Knight.

All of these templates are free for your personal use. Please do not copy and re-post as your own without credit.

Email to Publisher Requesting an ARC

I don’t send emails requesting physical ARCs often, but I do have an email template that I can easily tweak depending on the title I am hoping to receive. My biggest piece of advice is to include all the information that they will need in your email so that they are able to make an informed decision. I also include my mailing address to limit the back and forth required.

Good afternoon NAME,

My name is YOUR NAME, and I am a book reviewer over at my blog BLOG NAME. I’m emailing in regards to an upcoming book that I would be interested in reviewing early on my blog and other social media channels.

I am interested in reading and reviewing BOOK TITLE by AUTHOR NAME early to help generate buzz and excitement ahead of its release. Science fiction is one of my favorite genres, and this book sounds absolutely incredible: the themes of control, the use of light access for control, and the idea of time’s meaning being dictated by others all sound like a compelling read. I’d love the opportunity to be an early reviewer and I hope that you will consider my request.

Blog Link: XX
WordPress Followers: XX
Bloglovin Followers: XX
Twitter: XX
Twitter Followers: XX
Goodreads Profile: XX
Goodreads Friends/Followers: XX

Book I’d Like to Review:
TITLE by AUTHOR
Publication Date
Imprint

Shipping Address:
XXXX

Thank you so much for reading and thank you in advance for your consideration. Please let me know if you have any questions that I can answer.

All the best,
Kaleena

As you can see by the bolded & highlighted sentence, my request email is personalized to each specific book that I request. I opted to leave the reasons why from one of my requests so you can see the kinds of quick things I include. Everything else that you should update is in CAPS; if you promo on different platforms than me (Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) be sure to include those relevant stats!

Email Response for Review Requests – Yes

I am really fortunate to get quite a bit of emailed review requests from authors, PR professionals, and publishers. I made the choice to respond to every request (yes, even the ones that ignore my Review Policy), so I have a couple of email response templates for accepting and denying the requests to make it easier for me.

Good morning NAME,

Thank you so much for your email, and I would absolutely love a a review copy of TITLE. Science fiction is one of my favorite genres, and this debut title looks incredible. I love space exploration stories, particularly narratives that discuss the buildings of utopia and I think that I will really enjoy this book.

My mailing address is:
XX

Please let me know if there is a desired timeline for review (I will do my best to read & review by then – if not I will let you know), and if you have an particular hashtags or accounts that you would like me to mention when I share on social media.

I look forward to working with you!

All the best,
Kaleena

Honestly it is pretty easy for me to say yes, but I definitely want to be sure that I have all the information that I need up front once I accept. I always like to include a little blurb about why I think the book is for me, which is bolded and italicized above.

Email Responses for Review Requests – No

Closed to review requests (which they’d know if they looked at my review policy):

Dear NAME,

Thank you for your email. I am always touched by the vote of confidence from authors, publishers, and PR professionals afford to me when extending review requests. Unfortunately I do not have the time or bandwidth for additional books at this time and I am currently not accepting any review requests. I wish you and the author the best of luck with the promotion of this book.

All the best,
Kaleena

Not closed to requests but not interested:

Dear NAME,

Thank you for your email. I am always touched by the vote of confidence from authors, publishers, and PR professionals afford to me when extending review requests. Unfortunately I am close to capacity on requests right now and do not have the bandwidth to take on additional requests outside of my preferred genres.

I wish you the best of luck with the promotion of this book.

All the best,
Kaleena

The book isn’t a good fit for my interests (I use this one rarely):

Dear NAME,

Thank you for your email. I am always touched by the vote of confidence from publishers and PR professionals afford to me when extending review requests. While this book has an interesting premise, unfortunately this book does not sound like the right fit for me so I will have to decline this request. I wish you the best of luck with the promotion of this book!

All the best,
Kaleena

My NetGalley & Edelweiss Profile Information

Just like you want to provide all of the relevant information about your followers and social reach in your email requests to publishers, you want to be sure that your user profile on NetGalley and Edelweiss includes the information as well. Even more so because they don’t have the ability to respond to your email to ask a follow-up question (which I doubt publishers would even do this as they are busy and have lots of requests)!

ABOUT ME
I have a passion for reading and sharing my bookish thoughts with others. Every book that I read is guaranteed to be reviewed on Goodreads, and has the potential for review on my blog. In the event that I do not enjoy a book (or in rare instances do not finish), my review will be critical but constructive. Reading is very subjective and just because I do not enjoy a book doesn’t mean that others will not as well. I make an effort to highlight positives about the book, be clear about the reasons why I didn’t enjoy it, and to the extent possible share who may enjoy it.

I also enjoy reading diversely and helping other readers find books that represent them. I particularly enjoy fantasy books that draw from non-Western mythology and folklore, as well as books that feature a cast of characters as diverse as the world we live in.

BLOG AND SOCIAL MEDIA STATISTICS:
My blog currently has 3,130 (1,097 on WP specifically) followers and is continuing to grow in followers and engagement. In March 2019 my blog had a total of 5,232 views (and a 169 daily average over the last two months), and each post averages 42 comments and 71 likes. I have approximately 2,098 followers on Twitter with an average of 180K-215K impressions per month. I am an active member in the bookish blogging community and incredibly passionate about books – especially spreading the word about lesser-hyped titles.

FOLLOWERS AND REACH:
Total unique visitors: 16,021 since March 4, 2018
Total page views: 38,252 since March 4, 2018
Wordpress Followers: 1,097
Bloglovin Followers: 57
Twitter: @kalventure
Twitter Followers: 2,098
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/reader-voracious
Goodreads Friends/Followers: 301/53

I post five times per week on my blog, and typically 2-3 of those are book reviews. Unless otherwise requested, I tend to schedule my book reviews closer to publication date on my blog (within one month of publication).

CONTACT ME:
I can be reached via email at KaleenaReviews@gmail.com if you have any questions about my review, or if you would like to get in touch with me. I am open to hosting interviews or excerpts in addition to my book reviews.

I built my profile over time using the publisher’s preferences when listed on NetGalley, which helped a lot. I added the FOLLOWERS AND REACH section in February 2019 and it made a drastic improvement on my approval rating on Edelweiss.

📝 Related Post: Edelweiss 101: Tips & Tricks

My NetGalley and Edelweiss profiles are identical, and I update them monthly with my stats and reach accordingly. You’ll also notice that this is largely the same information that is included in my review request email… I am all about streamlining things so I don’t have to update a billion different things differently. I have a GoogleDoc with everything on it and just paste accordingly.

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And there you have it: my list of templates that you are welcome to use and tweak for your own needs! What are your thoughts? Do you have templates to which you refer to make your book blogging life easier?


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69 Comments

  1. Sara @ The Bibliophagist

    May 28, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    This is such a helpful post! I recently sent my first email request for an ARC (I didn’t really know what I was doing) and I’m definitely going to use your tips for future requests.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 7, 2019 at 1:33 PM

      I am so glad you find the templates helpful, and I am crossing my fingers for you on that request!

  2. Curvy Constellation

    May 28, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    This is so helpful, thank you for taking the time to write out this post! I am definitely going to use this type of template and your wonderful tips.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 7, 2019 at 1:34 PM

      You are most welcome, and happy requesting!

  3. Afoma Umesi

    May 28, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    This was so useful, Kaleena! Thanks for sharing.

    Afoma | afomaumesi.com

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 7, 2019 at 1:41 PM

      Thanks for stopping by, and I am happy to hear it!

  4. Sam || Fictionally Sam

    May 28, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    You, Kaleena, Queen of Emails, breaker of failed google searches, Goddess of Guides, and lover of data–are a blessing that no one knew they needed and that no one deserves.

    I bow to your greatness, please never doubt your awesome.

    *bookmarks this post cause what are words?*

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 8, 2019 at 11:36 AM

      I am laughing and crying so hard at this, you are too incredibly kind and my ego is going to grow seven sizes too big if you don’t stop it! I hope these templates help you!!!

  5. Stephanie

    May 28, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    You are always so kind and helpful to the entire blogging community. Thank you for taking the time to make posts like this that help so many people! 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 8, 2019 at 11:39 AM

      Awww thank you so much, Stephanie, and I really hope these help you!!!

  6. Kristina

    May 28, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Oh- though I never emailed a publisher for review myself, I never even thought of a template once authors do contact me for review requests! I quite love thoses, it looks so professional.

    i’m gonna keep this in case I need it. Thank you ! xx

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 8, 2019 at 11:39 AM

      Honestly the easy template responses for the review requests are a lifesaver for me, and I hope they help you a lot!!!

  7. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    May 28, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    *prepares offerings worthy of such a gift from Kaleena, first (?) of her name, Queen of Emails and Spreadsheets and Guides*

    I’ve been meaning to come up with my own templates for a while now, since it saves so much time and emotional energy in the long run – and the first step for me is always looking at other people’s templates, so this is super helpful! lots of details that I wouldn’t have thought to include but are definitely important, and having examples for the wording is really nice too.

    my Netgalley approval ratio is pretty high (which is, um. not necessarily a good thing considering how bad I am about keeping up with ARCs 😅) but you’ve definitely gotten me thinking about also optimizing the bio for Edelweiss, where I have a much lower approval ratio but copy + paste the exact same information.

    also you’re a much nicer person than I am, I put in my review policy that I’ll delete requests without reply if I’m not currently accepting them, and I generally stick to it 😜

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 8, 2019 at 11:46 AM

      YES! This is precisely why I make templates for like everything that I tend to do more than once because it is so much faster to tweak things. I am glad that you found mine useful, and yay for adding things for you to include in yours!

      And yea, I know I am a rarity on replying to all requests. When I tried deleting them I just got duplicate requests… which is another issue but I figure the hustle is hard and if all I need to do is copy & paste a no thanks, it isn’t so bad.

  8. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    May 28, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    WOW! Your profile is quite extensive. I recently added my followers and reach (not as wonderful as yours but the basic idea) and really love what its done for me even though those Penguin books are never approved. hahaaha But I cut down what I wrote above. I had about as much as you do now, so that’s really fascinating!! ❤️ Thanks for sharing.

    And the templates are quite neat!! 😀

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 8, 2019 at 11:49 AM

      Yeaaa… I am overly verbose to say the last, hahaha! I added the list stats a couple of months ago and I think it made a big difference to my approval ratio on Edelweiss, actually. Penguin is a tough cookie to crack; Disney is the one that will always decline me no matter what I try.

      1. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

        June 8, 2019 at 10:24 PM

        Right?! Penguin only releases to me when they suspect I will hate the book. >.<

  9. Books tales by me

    May 29, 2019 at 1:29 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing it 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 8, 2019 at 11:51 AM

      Of course, and thanks for stopping by!

  10. debjani6ghosh

    May 29, 2019 at 1:31 AM

    An extremely helpful post! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 8, 2019 at 11:54 AM

      I am so glad you found it helpful, and thank you for stopping by!

  11. Ruby's Books

    May 29, 2019 at 2:56 AM

    THIS IS WHY YOU ARE QUEEN!!!! *tackles in a hug* ily

  12. Avery @ RedRocketPanda

    May 29, 2019 at 7:03 AM

    You’re such an amazing person, thank you for everything you do for this community <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 8, 2019 at 11:56 AM

      Awww, thank you so much for the kind compliment Avery, it means so much to me!!! ❤

  13. Nicoline Simone

    May 29, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    This is amazing! Thank you for sharing this. I will definitely use it as an inspiration! <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 8, 2019 at 12:21 PM

      Awesome, I am so glad you find it useful!!!

  14. Krisha🌸

    May 29, 2019 at 11:56 AM

    This is a very helpful post. I am always confused to send emails and this one genuinely helped me clear things out. Great post 💛

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 9, 2019 at 3:02 PM

      Thank you so much for your comment, and I am glad you found this post useful! Happy requesting!

  15. northernplunder

    May 29, 2019 at 1:14 PM

    you are a bloody queen mylove!

    This is fab, honestly. whenever i email titan back im jujst like OMG YES I LOVE THE SOUND OF THIS
    lmao i am v unprofessional it seems

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 9, 2019 at 3:04 PM

      Happy to help,my love!!!

      And lol, I am guilty of all caps screaming for some offers as well, hahah

  16. carolinevaught

    May 29, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    This is super useful! So many people I know struggle with writing emails. I’ll have to direct them here!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 9, 2019 at 3:05 PM

      I am glad you find it useful, and happy to help!!!

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    May 30, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    This was so informative and helpful. Thank you for sharing, Kaleena <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 9, 2019 at 8:59 PM

      Of course, I’m glad you found the post informative!

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    May 31, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    Kal, this is amazing!! Thank you for sharing!! 💕

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 9, 2019 at 9:15 PM

      You’re welcome, and I hope they help you!!!

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    May 31, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    You are seriously the best!! I never know what to say on all these <3 TYSM!!! You da best!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 9, 2019 at 9:22 PM

      No YOU ARE THE BEST! Thanks so much and I am honestly just so happy you will find this useful!!!

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  28. Gerry@TheBookNookUK

    June 1, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Ah Kaleena you should win a Community Spirit Award because you’re just so epic at creating and sharing tools and advice to help other bloggers!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 9, 2019 at 9:37 PM

      Aww, thank you so much Gerry you are so sweet! I am just happy to be able to help!!!

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  31. waytoofantasy

    June 2, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Fantastic resources once again, Kaleena! Thanks so much for sharing. I have not had the courage to email a publisher directly yet, but will none the less keep these templates on file. 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 9, 2019 at 9:52 PM

      Awww, I hope these come in handy for when you do finally decide to email a publisher! Just know you usually will not get a response, hahaha.

      1. waytoofantasy

        June 10, 2019 at 3:21 AM

        Noted, LOL. I imagine they have a ton of emails to wade through.

  32. theorangutanlibrarian

    June 2, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Such an amazing post! I’m sure it will be helpful to so many people!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 9, 2019 at 9:53 PM

      Ahh, thanks so much!!!

  33. Consu

    June 3, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    This is so useful!! Thanks a lot for sharing💕

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 10, 2019 at 11:11 AM

      Absolutely, and I am so glad you found it useful! Happy requesting!

  34. Charvi

    June 11, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    Oh my god Kal, you’re literally a life saver, thanks a ton for this post! I’m usually fine when it comes to replying to emails it’s just the arc requests template I wanted to know more about. Thanks for this post ❤️

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 12, 2019 at 7:49 AM

      AHHH, you are so welcome Charvi! It is so hard to come up with the words to write emails sometimes, and I hope this helps you.

  35. Eliza @ invokedreverie

    July 4, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    This was so incredibly useful and lovely of you. I can’t wait to get to a point where I may need to actually use these tips/templates. You’re amazing. Sincerely, I think I speak for all us bloggers. Thank you <3

    1. Kal

      July 6, 2019 at 12:37 PM

      Awww, you are so sweet! I am so happy to share and help others, and I hope these are useful when you are ready to use them!

  36. Sophie Li

    July 10, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    This is really helpful Kat!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Kal

      July 11, 2019 at 8:58 PM

      I am so glad you found this helpful!!!

  37. Laurel

    July 12, 2019 at 8:50 PM

    Thanks for sharing your templates. I tend to not respond to Review Requests for books I’m not interested in or if the publisher or author fail to follow my review request guidlines. I love how you were able to decline the request without having to sound uninterested or flippant. I might need to create my own email templates soon too.

    Thank again!

    Laurel | Tales Past Midnight

    1. Kal

      July 15, 2019 at 10:39 PM

      Thank you for stopping by!!

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