ARC Approval Process

Please note that we are only able to distribute a set number of ARCs per title and unfortunately can’t approve all applicants.

 

Please make sure that you are currently caught up with reviews of ARCs that you’ve received from us in the past and that you properly fill out the entire form as incomplete forms are NOT accepted.

This includes direct links to your blog, review sites, and/or social media platforms where you review.

 

All accounts MUST BE PUBLIC to be approved and your links should be updated regularly.

If you’re a part of our Master List and need to update any links, email hello@valentinepr.net.

 

When sorting through applicants, we’re looking for reviewers/influencers with strong engagement rates, dedicated followings, and regular posting activity of bookish content.

We’re specifically looking for thoughtful, spoiler-free reviews rather than just ratings.

It will depend on the release as to what the specific metric requirements are.

 

All ARC signups are for digital copies only.

If approved, your ARC will be sent via BookFunnel (or NetGalley if specified on the signup). 

 

All signups are closed three weeks prior to the release date.

ARCs are scheduled to be sent two weeks before the release, unless specified by the author.

Once the signup is closed, we cannot add additional Influencers to the list.

Master List Sign Up

If you’ve previously signed up and need to update any of your information, please contact hello@valentinepr.net

rather than creating a duplicate account.

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ARC Review Form

Ready to submit your ARC review links? Please fill out our review form.

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FAQ

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please email us at hello@valentinepr.net

How can I sign up for the influencer list?

You can do so by filling out the “Master List Sign Up” form above. You can also access the form by clicking here: Master List Sign Up

Can you tell me how to find my review links?

For information on how to find your review links, please click here: https://bit.ly/3yzJoGx

This is my first time receiving an ARC from VPR. What do I do now?

Once the sign up is closed, you will receive an email stating whether or not you'll be receiving an ARC. You’ll receive the ARC by the date listed in the email. You can post your review to Goodreads and your social media when you are done reading however, please DO NOT post any spoilers. Please make sure to post your review to retailers ON release day. Links are due to our review form one week after the release.

I recently signed up for the Influencer Master List, was my application accepted?

When you sign up for our Influencer Master List, you are added to our database of Influencers. If you selected to receive newsletters, you will start to receive them immediately. You will need to sign up for ARCs individually and you can refer to our open signups as well as our ARC Approval Process on this page.

Are the ARCs physical copies?

No, they are digital copies sent via BookFunnel unless specified otherwise on the signup.

I signed up for the cover reveal, where is my ARC?

Please be aware that by signing up for a Cover Reveal, Release Blitz or Release Boost does not guarantee that you will receive an ARC.

When do sign ups close? How will I know if I’m approved for an ARC?

Signups are closed out 3 weeks prior to the release date unless the author decides to close it early. Once our signup has been vetted by our team, we will send you an email whether or not you will be receiving an ARC.

I’ve received the last few ARCs from my favorite author, why wasn’t I approved this time?

With each release, we try to reach as many new Influencers as we possibly can and sometimes that means not everyone can receive an ARC. We apologize but also ask that you do not reach out to the author for an ARC.

You say ARCs are limited but are they really?

Yes, they truly are limited. We work with the authors throughout the process to determine what would be the best number of ARCs to send out to help the author generate a buzz about their new release!

Are you still sending ARCs direct to Kindle?

No, we are now using BookFunnel to distribute ARCs! This allows us to send everything at one time.

As a precautionary measure to protect out Authors, you will see that your ARC is watermarked. This ensures that the unauthorized copying or distribution of the ARC can be traced back to its original recipients, discouraging any potential misuse of material.

I’m not seeing the email from BookFunnel. What should I do now?

Please check your spam folder for an email from BookFunnel and if you do not see it, please reach out to hello@valentinepr.net Please make sure that you download the book within the time frame listed on the BookFunnel email as well as the follow up email sent from VPR.

I see that you send paperbacks out, how do I get one?

Being on our Influencer Master List is not a guarantee to receive physical books in the mail. We don’t have a separate promo list/team and we do not take personal requests.

We send out books from our clients based on genres and tropes of interest and match that to people from the Influencer Master List. We’re only able to distribute so many paperback copies and the process is similar to our ARC approval process in that we’re looking for reviewers/influencers with strong engagement rates, dedicated followings, and regular posting activity of bookish content. Mandatory things to be considered for physical book mailings: being at least 18+, at least one public social media platform with bookish content, a US mailing address, and a public Goodreads account so that we can see your ratings/reviews.

The ARC was sent out just days before release and I can’t review in that time frame. Can I have more time to review?

Yes, if the ARC is sent less than 7 days from the release date you will be given more time to review. More information will be provided in the email that is sent to you once the ARC is distributed.

I didn’t get picked for an ARC, why am I receiving a release packet?

When you sign up for an ARC, you are also signing up to help promote the author’s new release. It is entirely up to you whether or not you want to post for the author on their release day. If you do get the release packet and choose not to post because you didn’t get the ARC, just delete the email. Please do not email us to let us know that you will not be posting.

I can’t find the review form, where is it?

The link can be found in your email confirmation that the ARC was sent to you as well as the release reminder email that is sent to you on release day. You can also access it here: ARC Submission

I went to sign up for an ARC and it says it’s closed. Can you add me to this list?

Unfortunately, no. Once the signup is closed, we cannot add any additional names to that list.

I can’t review on Amazon, what do you want me to do?

If you can’t review on Amazon we ask that you please post your review to Goodreads and BookBub. However, please keep in mind that some authors require posting on Amazon to be eligible for their ARCs.

Can I post my review to my social media?

Yes, once you finish reading you can post your review to your social media but it must be SPOILER FREE. If VPR or the author feels that the review is giving away too much of the story, we may reach out to you to revise your review.

How do you pick Influencers for ARCs?

This is the toughest question we get asked as each sign up is unique. Sometimes we have a large number of ARCs from the author, sometimes the number is less. It really depends on the title. Keep in mind that most people signing up love the author, have all written reviews, great social media engagement and we just have to randomly pick when there are so many people who fit the criteria for that ARC. We wish everyone could get an ARC, but unfortunately that can’t be the case.

I’m going to rate the book under 3 stars, when do you want me to post?

We ask that you use your judgment as to whether or not the review should be posted and when to do so. However, we do ask that you please DO NOT TAG the author in anything that is a two star rating or below. It is customary to hold back reviews a week after release if they have been rated less than three stars, but we leave this up to your discretion. While we do ask for an honest review, please remember how crushing it can be to an author to wake up on release day and see a one star rating on how awful the book is.

I didn’t get any of the packets, who do I contact for that?

If you didn’t receive the packet(s) we send out, please email: hello@valentinepr.net

It’s one week after the release and I don’t have my Amazon approval yet. What do you want me to do?

Send us what you have & submit a new form when you have Amazon links.

I didn’t like the book, why do I still need to submit a review form?

We need to account for each ARC that was sent out, whether or not that results in a review. If you don’t fill out the form, we will assume you didn’t read the book and it will hurt your chance with other ARC opportunities.

I’ve noticed you have NetGalley on your signups, why is that?

Yes, some ARCs are sent via a NetGalley widget from the author's publisher. You will need a NetGalley account to be eligible. We will not send ARCs any other way when a publisher is involved. If you don’t have a NetGalley account, you can sign up for a free account here – netgalley.com

I received an email that my review links were not submitted but I know I sent them in. Why does that happen?

Most times, the email was typed wrong or the names do not match. For example, if you signed up as Alex but then submitted the review as Alex’s Book Blog, it is not going to connect the two names. Please double check your email address before submitting the form and make sure the review form name is what you signed up as! Technology is great when it works and sometimes, it just doesn’t work. We know it’s not ideal to resubmit the form multiple times but this does help us report back to our authors!

I need to update my mailing address, who do I contact for that?

Please email hello@valentinepr.net to update your information.



Thank you so much for your dedication to VPR and our clients. We love hearing from our influencers and if you have any questions, please feel free to email us at hello@valentinepr.net.

I want to add, please be kind to my staff. They work tirelessly for our clients. These women are the best in the industry and being rude or unkind to them because you weren’t provided an ARC hurts my heart. Most of us were bloggers at one time and we know the disappointment in not getting an ARC, trust me when I say this, so please just be kind.
xo, Nina