Dear Bloggers Who Blog for ARCs,
I am so sorry.
Do you want to know why? Because I am so sorry that you fell down that dark, dark hole. I’m sorry that your apparent “love for books” isn’t strong enough to overpower your love and greediness for ARCs.
I want to let you know that there are hundreds of members in the book community that blog and spend so much time working to put posts up every week. Wait…I’m sure you do too, but do you do it to build your stats and immediately run to a publisher for an ARC? Or do you genuinely give up all of that time because you want to give it up. For the sake of your passion.
If you honestly think you can consider yourself a book blogger who truly, honestly, genuinely loves books but yet deep down you still blog for ARCs, then you must be really good at lying to yourself. I don’t doubt that you love books, but when you blog, you blog for simply the wrong reason.
The thing with blogging for ARCs is that it is wrong. It is unfair to all the other bloggers who actually really spend valuable time in their lives to blog about books because they love it. Not only that, but it sets a bad name to the book blogging community. Anyone can understand the meaning of an advanced reader copy and seeing someone like you blogging for one of them, just because, well, you should be ashamed of yourself.
You are taking something that every member in the book community loves and twisting that so called “passion” of yours to your own selfish reasons. If you are blogging for ARCs and you know it, and are completely aware of it, I say just quit.
ARCs are already something that is one of the biggest drama factors in the book community. I know for a fact that it drives people CRAZY. It makes the best of us rage. And then seeing you, strolling through Twitter, pretending and lying just to get ARCs.
It is disgusting.
When I first started writing this letter I didn’t want to be harsh, but the thing is, it needs to be said. I’m not going to sugar coat this for you. Sorry, but there is no excuse for blogging just for ARCs, none whatsoever.