One thing I'm usually pretty good at is pretending that I know what I'm doing. It's probably one of the most important things I learned in school! (Don't worry, my education wasn't that bad - that doesn't mean that faking it isn't a life skill.) But there are still a lot of times that I don't actually know what I'm doing. And that extends to blogging. Actually, it's especially true of blogging. Most of the time, I figure "my blog, my rules" and do what I want, which is usually making things up as I go along, but there are things I actually don't know.
(For example: does this count as a discussion post when it's basically just me asking for help and advice and not really offering anything? Who knows? Not me. But we're gonna call it a discussion for tagging purposes anyway.)
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about two dilemmas posed by ARCs. I'm pretty new to the world of ARCs - I've known what they are for a while, but I've only been getting them for a few months. (Which, by the way, is SO EXCITING and I internally freak out about it all the time!) And so, as I said before, I don't always know what I'm doing.
First dilemma: how long before a book's release do you read/review the ARC? I know a lot of this is affected by how many reviews you have due at the same time, which is something that I don't have to think about with how few ARCs I get. But I've seen reviews for books popping up months before release date. I usually read an ARC two weeks to a month before release and post the review the Friday before release. Is that good? Is it bad? Is there some kind of somewhat official timeline that I'm supposed to be following that no one's sent to me? I don't know.
Second dilemma: selling (but not really) ARCs. Hear me out. I know the basics - don't sell ARCs for profit, especially not of new/upcoming releases, don't get ARCs just to sell them, you shouldn't be able to buy ARCs. But my question comes from a specific situation at a bookstore down the street from my college. They sell a bunch of ARCs for upcoming books and recent releases for about $5 - but 100% of that money goes to charities, which I think they change every month or so. Is this allowed? I haven't been buying them because I wasn't sure and I figured better safe than sorry/guilty, but a lot of them are ARCs of some of my most anticipated releases and I am so tempted.
So what do you think? (Yes, you. If you have literally any experience/opinions for either of these questions, tell me. Please.)
(Bonus ARC-ish question: How does Edelweiss work? Is that also for bloggers? I've figured out NetGalley, but Edelweiss still eludes me.)
Do you have answers to my questions/dilemmas? Do you know what you're doing? Do you pretend to know what you're doing? Do you have questions? Tell me in the comments!