Being a new blogger is hard. Pubs rarely send out ARCs to a blog under six months, and building the audience required to get those ARCs is hard and expensive work. Sometimes getting a hold of an ARC can help new bloggers get their foot in the door. It can provide a giveaway to draw traffic to their blog and help widen their audience. But not if they can’t get them.
On the flip side, there are bloggers like us who are sent several books a week. We are grateful for each and every book sent to us, but we simply can’t read them all. Especially the ones we don’t request. The thing is, those books deserve to be read and reviewed as opposed to collecting dust on our shelves or being given away or swapped to someone who may not read them or even own a blog.
Thus an idea was born. The Little Blogger, Big Ambitions Project is our attempt to help new and small blogs get access to ARCs, and make sure the books that are sent to us at least get some publicity. Bloggers can sign up on the form below, but there are requirements for a blog to enter.
The benefit of the LBBA Project is that, whilst you are still effectively entering a giveaway for the book, the pool of entrants is significantly smaller. Only bloggers of a certain size demographic, who are already registered with us, can enter. Also, each blogger gets one entry, with no additional points awarded for tweeting or promoting the giveaway. So keep reading for more details of how you could be involved.
Only book blogs with the following stats or less can be a part of The Little Blogger, Big Ambitions Project:
-600 followers or less
-600 pageviews a day or less
-For now, only bloggers from US, Canada and Australia can enter. If the project is successful then we can start to branch out to more countries.
-Some ARCs may be available internationally, if the donator is willing to ship it.
The system we are setting up is that a blogger who is a member of this program can request any ARC we mark as available, but this means we really hope that they read and review it out of fairness to other bloggers who missed out.
You can always view what ARCs are available by visiting the ARCs Available page or following us on Twitter or Facebook where updates will be provided.
However, if a publisher doesn’t want their ARCs included in The Little Bloggers, Big Ambitions Project then we will certainly respect those wishes and preclude those books from availability.
Other bloggers may donate ARCs that they aren’t able to read.
How you can be a part of the program
To receive ARCs
Fill out the registration form with your most recent stats
Enter the Giveaway for whatever ARCs you want to read.
If you win, we will email you and let you know.
Reply with your address for us to ship your ARC out to you.
Read it, review it, give it away for some publicity or keep it for yourself.
Email us the link to your review when it goes live. We would love to include quotes from your review in Buzz Worthy News to help promote your site, and your review.
Keep us updated if your stats change. If you outgrow the LBBA Project then we’d appreciate the heads up so that we can make room for other, smaller bloggers.
To Donate ARCs
If you want to Donate ARCs to the program, we’re happy to accept them. Simply fill out the donation form with the details for the book.
Donatable ARCs are preferably ones that you haven’t been able to review yourself due to time constraints or ones you’ve read and wish to pass along.
Please let us know whether you would prefer to ship the ARC to us, or directly to the receiver.