Be honest, some of you started book blogging for the ARCs didn't you?
I had a book blog before I realized that you could get ARCs for what you write about books, but I wasn't very active at all.
It was when I became a librarian that I started being more interested in what was being written on blogs about books. And when I realized that there were things such as ARCs and that they were mailed to bloggers I started being a more active blogger. And I went out and found my ARCs and contacts, I didn't wait to be discovered. Now I am in a position where I can pretty much get any ARC I want (I will admit I know that being a librarian helps the most), but you know what, I don't want very many of them anymore.
I have enough to read.
I am lucky in that I get to order YA and MG books for my library. And I lots of what I order are on my to read lists.
I do "flip" through every egalley I get to see if it is the right fit for my library, but I cannot read and review them all.
But here's the truth of it all, has there ever been a book that you really want to read, that you were unable to read at some point? It might not have been before it was published, or even the day it was released, but you've been able to read it at some point, right?
So if you are a new book blogger looking for an ARC, I wish you well! But remember, you got into this for the love of reading and books. All books, even "old" ones!
(For the record, my very first ARC was one I won at a Borders teachers event, it was Catching Fire and I won it the Thursday before the release date. It was very thrilling. The first one I got in the mail was A Spy in the House: The Agency by Y.S. Lee--and that was even more thrilling!)
(Also, for all my preaching I do still get egalleys, but rarely request physical galleys anymore. I do get some mailed to me as a surprise, always exciting, but I did break down and request FIRE & ASH by Jonathan Maberry because I simply love that series!)