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What is an ARC?

An ARC is an advance reader’s copy—also known as a galley, proof, or reading copy. It is an early copy of a book sent to reviewers, booksellers, educators, librarians, and other trade professionals.

How can I request ARCs for St. Martin’s Publishing Group’s upcoming titles?

We’re so glad to hear you’re excited to read our books early and shout about them on your channels! To start, please sign up for our Influencer Program here. This will ensure you are subscribed to our influencer newsletter to receive first access to the seasonal request forms.

If you’re already signed up for our program or would like to see which titles are available to request first, please visit our Open Request Forms page. There you will be able to view which books are available for request and request them via the forms.

Am I guaranteed to receive an ARC or finished copy if I’ve filled out the appropriate request forms?

Filling out the request forms does not guarantee you will receive a copy of the book(s) you’ve requested.

How do you select who receives a review copy?

The assigned marketers and publicists for each book will review the requests submitted via the forms and while each campaign has different goals and strategies, here are a few items we consider for all requests:

  • Activity and engagement on the reviewer’s given social media platform (Instagram, TikTok, Blog, etc). While we like to see high follower or subscriber numbers, we also value high engagement in the form of comments, likes, post frequency, and related metrics.
  • Own Voices and marginalized reviewers will be given equitable consideration, but will be prioritized to the best of our abilities for titles and authors that speak to their specific identities and experiences.
  • Based in the U.S. or Canada. Due to contractual and territory restrictions, we cannot always accommodate international requests. However, international reviewers are welcome to email us at with “International ARC Request” in the subject line and we will forward your request to the appropriate team to evaluate.

How will I know if I’ve been selected to receive a review copy and when will I receive the book?

When the request forms have closed, each marketer and publicist will review all the requests and compile their mailing lists. They will be in touch via email if you’ve been selected to receive a copy.

Can I also request digital review copies from NetGalley and Edelweiss?

You are welcome to request digital review copies from NetGalley. Please be sure to read SMPG’s Approval Preferences for more information on what we look for in NetGalley requests.

Will I be compensated for my review?

No, St. Martin’s Press does not provide compensation in exchange for reviews.

Are there any specific stipulations influencers should follow when posting?

We ask that when influencers receive any combination of free books, swag, etc. that you disclose that you are receiving items from the publisher by using “#sponsored” or “#ad” in a prominent place in your post copy, and abide by all disclosure laws and regulations. Also letting your audience know “I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review” (or the like) is also helpful.

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