Looking for ARC Reviews

I love to read. I’ll read anything, especially if it’s free. I suppose others are not as discerning.

Before we go any further (just in case you are unaware) – ARC = Advance Reader Copy: As an ARC reviewer, you get a free copy of the book before it’s released in exchange for your honest review on outlets such as Amazon, Smashwords, Apple itunes, blogs, social media, etc.

I have been looking for ARC reviewers willing to read my newest book Revelations: A Horror Anthology. Now, I’ve never bothered with getting ARC reviews for my previous two books. I figured I didn’t need these reviews. And although sales on these books are decent, I’m looking to improve.

So, I got ambitious. I started the “ARC challenge” last week with a goal of getting 150 ARC reviews on my book by September 1. I’m telling you, I’ve posted about this opportunity EVERYWHERE. I’ve posted so much that feel like one of those awful spammers (and if you’ve gotten multiple emails from me about reading the book for free in exchange for your honest review, just click the link already and I’ll stop 🙂 J/K). I really try not to spam anyone… I just get too excited.

Looking for people to review my book is harder than I thought it would be. Sure, I’ve got friends and family on my ARC team, but that’s a total of, like, 10 people (I’m a loner and have a small family, what?). Way short of my 150 goal.

I’m posting this under “unsolicited advice”, but honestly, I don’t have any advice to give, really. I just needed to vent. But, in the spirit of things, I’m going to think of some advice…



Don’t give up!

Yeah, I know, that’s cliched advice, but it’s true. I’m only a week into my ARC Quest and I feel like giving up. But if I did that, I’d be giving up on myself, and how would that look? So, I’m going to keep searching for ARC reviewers. I’m going to be that annoying girl that everyone knows that’s always doing something you don’t like (very generic, I know). Because if I don’t, this book won’t get the eyeballs on it that it deserves. I’m not going to give up on myself, or my book.

That brings me to the “annoying girl” part.

I’m looking for ARC reviewers! If you’re interested, please click the link below for your free copy of Revelations: A Horror Anthology. Thank you in advance – Your support means the world to me!

Thanks for reading!

revelations: a horror anthology elizabeth hartl
unsolicited advice

How Vanity Publishers Rip You Off

You know the publishers I’m talking about. You’ve seen them. The ones that aggressively advertise on the internet. The ones that promise big returns for a small fee from you.

I have a client who published her first two books with a vanity publisher. She paid the publishing company up front in the form of a membership to their website and to have access to her “author dashboard”. Then she paid quite a bit for copies of her books in print. Many, many copies. I’m talking thousands of copies she didn’t know what to do with. The worst part about the entire thing is that she doesn’t even own her books. The copyright belongs to the publisher.

My client got scammed. By the time she came to me, it was too late. There was nothing I could do with the books she already had published since she wasn’t the copyright owner. The only thing I could do was advise her to talk the publisher into letting her out of her contract. Sure, she could have rewritten her book and changed 25% to 50% of it to make it a new story, but would any of us want to do that? Our books are our babies.

This is the problem with vanity publishing. The author pays the publisher and assumes all the risk, and most of the time, the publisher walks away with the rights to the author’s work. The author is then responsible for making their money back by distributing the print copies themselves. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the resources, the time, or the energy to distribute my books myself. To me, trying to makes thousands of dollars back by distributing print copies myself would be an insurmountable task.

Vanity publishers have been around for years. It’s rumored that Edgar Allan Poe first published through a vanity publisher, but back then, it didn’t have the sour tone it does today. Vanity publishers are still around, as evidenced by my client’s predicament.

So, the bottom line is:

1. Vanity publishers make you pay them to print copies of your book and then you assume all the risk involved in selling and distributing those copies.
2. Vanity publishers retain the copyright to your work. YOU, the author, should retain the copyright to your work.

Please, please stay away from vanity publishing. All they do is rip you off.