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Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) are pre-published copies of a book that are distributed to a select group of people to read and review before the book’s official publication date. These copies are typically provided to book reviewers, bloggers, librarians, booksellers, and other industry professionals who are interested in getting a sneak peek at a book before it hits the shelves.

The Purpose of Advanced Reader Copies

The primary purpose of ARCs is to generate buzz and create early interest in a book before its release. By giving people a chance to read and review a book before it’s available to the general public, publishers hope to create a buzz and generate interest in the book. This can help to build anticipation among readers and increase the chances of a successful launch.

Another important purpose of ARCs is to gather feedback from early readers. By distributing ARCs to industry professionals and other influencers, publishers can get an idea of how the book is being received and whether any changes or improvements need to be made before the official release. This feedback can be invaluable in helping to shape the final version of the book and ensure that it is as successful as possible.

How Can Self-Published Authors Use Advanced Reader Copies?

By distributing ARCs to reviewers, bloggers, and other industry professionals, self-published authors can create interest in their book and build buzz before its release.

One of the key advantages of using ARCs as a self-published author is that it can help to level the playing field. Traditionally published authors often have the advantage of having access to a large marketing and PR team, whereas self-published authors often work with limited resources. By using ARCs to generate buzz and build early interest in their book, self-published authors can compete with traditionally published authors and increase their chances of success.

To make the most of ARCs as a self-published author, it’s important to have a clear book launch strategy in place. You’ll want to create a list of book reviewers, bloggers, and other industry professionals who may be interested in reading and reviewing your book. Consider offering incentives, such as exclusive content or early access to the finished book, to those who are willing to read and review your ARC.

Finally, as a self-published author, it’s important to remember that ARCs are just one part of a larger marketing and promotion strategy. While ARCs can be a powerful tool for generating buzz and building early interest in your book, they should be used in conjunction with other marketing tactics like social media, advertising, and email marketing.


Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) are an essential marketing tool in the publishing industry. They are used to build buzz and generate interest in a book before its release. Self-published authors can also benefit from using ARCs to promote their books, which helps them compete with traditionally published authors. By having a clear strategy in place and using ARCs in conjunction with other marketing tactics, self-published authors can increase their chances of success and reach a wider audience of readers.

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