This post is sort of a rant, sort of not. But I really want to address all of the ARC drama, because seriously, I’m done with it. I’m sick of it. After BEA, there has been a lot of ARC drama regarding people getting multiple extra copies of ARCs, some to even sell (what the hell?) and some of them to just turn around and trade on the booksfortrade hashtag on twitter.
This has really gotten a rise out of the book community. People are accusing others of ARC hoarding and it is literally just madness. For me, I haven’t gotten into the whole drama aspect of it, but I feel the drama has gotten ahold of me. What I mean by this is this whole drama issue thing, whatever you want to call it, manipulates the best of us. Not all of us, just some.
The other day, I went to B-fest, my Barnes and Noble is pretty small. Kind of in the middle of nowhere. Other BN’s were giving away ARCs and had all kinds of cooler stuff if you know what I mean, and my BN had a teensy table covered with samplers and that was it. I wasn’t necessarily angry, but I was definitely disappointed, and in turn I lashed out on Twitter like a raging bitch.
At the time, I hadn’t realized that I sounded like a raging ungrateful bitch. I was just extremely disappointed. I hadn’t realized until someone pointed it out to me, and told me that I should be lucky I had a Barnes and Noble nearby.
And I felt terrible afterwards.
I felt like such a terrible blogger, the one thing that every other book blogger in the community hated.
I apologized to the girl and told her how terrible I felt. And it was really then when I realized that my BN had done their best, it wasn’t their fault they didn’t have ARCs. Damn, and look, there is that stupid acronym. ARC. Or Advanced Reader Copy. I was acting like this over an ARC! Like what kind of blogger was I if I seemingly cared so much about ARCs.
Anyway, for the rest of the day, I wallowed in sadness and essentially vowed never to become such a greedy blogger, if I realized it or not and to watch my words better. This ARC madness is just manipulative, I realize I made a mistake.
A huge mistake, but at the same time, people make mistakes.
The blogging community is similar to one gigantic family, right? I hate that because of ARCs, bloggers in a way become like corrupt evil bad guys, and their fellow bloggers bite their heads off because of it. It just makes me so sad to see this happen.
I’m not trying to say that the bloggers immediately running to eBay after a con shouldn’t have their heads bitten off. That is 100 percent stealing from an author. But I do think that those that get an extra amount of ARCs for friends or for trade or whatever just get caught up in it. Does that make any sense? They become so wrapped up in it that they don’t even realize what they are doing.
Anyway, I am so sorry for this rant. But honestly, at the same time I feel like it needs to be said. What is your opinion regarding ARCs? Tell me down below in the comments! Thank you for reading this crazy rant!