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Send Advanced Review Copies (ARCs) To Your Review Team

All BookFunnel Plans

All BookFunnel plans, including the First-Time Author plan, can deliver ARCs (Advanced Review Copies or Advanced Reader Copies) by creating a download page and emailing that link to reviewers through their mailing list service. We can’t provide a detailed how-to here, as all mailing list providers have slightly different steps, but the basic steps are:

  1. Create a download page for your ARC. Learn how to create a download page here.
  2. Set a download limit and expiration date on the download page. If you are sending the book to 35 reviewers, set a download limit of 35 on the download link. Learn how to set a download limit or expiration date on an existing page here.
  3. Email your reviewers the download page link through your mailing list service. Tell them to hustle because copies are limited and the page will expire in X days.
  4. Remind your reviewers in the email not to share the link.

Mid-List Plan (Without Integration)

Mid-Listers can use the process detailed above, or you can create a giveaway page instead. When you don’t want to use Certified Mail, a giveaway page is the next best thing. It will require a reader to provide an email address before they can download the ARC. When they download the EPUB or MOBI, the file they receive is watermarked with their email address.

  1. Create a giveaway page for your ARC. Learn how to create a giveaway page here.
  2. Set a download limit and expiration date on the giveaway page. If you are sending the book to 35 reviewers, set a download limit of 35 on the giveaway link.
  3. Email your reviewers the giveaway link through your mailing list service. Tell them to hustle because copies are limited and the page will expire in X days.
  4. Remind your reviewers in the email not to share the link.
  5. We will collect and store all email addresses for you in a CSV on your dashboard. Learn where to find the CSV on your dashboard.
  6. If someone shared the giveaway link to your ARC and extra readers downloaded the book, you can import any new email addresses into your mailing list at your convenience.

Mid-List Plan (With Integration) & Bestseller Plan

Mid-Listers With Integration and Bestsellers can use the processes detailed above, or, if your BookFunnel account is integrated with your mailing list provider, you can create a Restricted Page instead. A Restricted Page will collect the reviewer’s email address and then check your mailing list to make sure they are allowed to download your ARC. If they are on the list, then can download the book. If they aren’t on the list, they can’t!

When your reviewer downloads the EPUB or MOBI, the file they receive is watermarked with their email address.

  1. Create a Restricted Page for your ARC. Learn how to create a Restricted page here.
  2. Set an expiration date on the page.
  3. Email your reviewers the link through your mailing list service. Tell them to hustle because the page will expire in X days.

FAQ

How can I send my ARC securely on the First-Time Author plan?

Set a download limit on your link and set an expiration date that only allows reviewers a week or so to download the book. Also remind reviewers not to share the link.

When should I use Certified Mail and when should I use a Restricted Page?

 

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