Given that we are honest folks at Unsolicited Press, we will be the first ones to tell you that running a small press is expensive. And as many of you know, our team is full of gracious volunteers who only get paid when a book makes money. Sometimes that means our top editors make pennies or a few bucks after working 12-18 months on a title.
Sounds ridiculous right? Well, we love reading books and we love finding poetry and fiction and nonfiction collections that might go unnoticed by larger presses, not because of quality, but because of time/money. Since we don't operate on money, we have to find other ways to fund the press. But we don't want to fund the press unless those who are funding us are getting something in return. Last year, we rolled out the Feedback Donation option, which has helped several books get to the shelves.
At our last major funding meeting, we decided that we wanted to start a program that would benefit the press, the authors, and you, the reader. And we think that we may have come up with the coolest, nerdiest book program of all time.
Our upcoming ARC Book Club is a book club like no other. Imagine getting access to books before they come out in stores or are available online? That's exactly what the ARC Book Club is going to give you.
First of all, let's explain a term. An ARC is a book file that is sent out to readers/reviewers prior to publication. Readers are asked to read the book and provide a brief review and/or thoughts on the book to the publisher.
With our program, subscribers will receive access to pre-production books via Smashwords. All books can be downloaded and read on any device.
Subscribers will get access to every book currently in pre-production! The books will have gone through several rounds of editing and are close to polished for publication, which means you might catch an error or two, but nothing to impede your reading of the book.
ARC codes are delivered to subscribers in a monthly newsletter (not the same newsletter sent to our other readers). These codes give you the ARC for free and you have 30 days to use the code and download the book to your device.
Once you have the book on your device, it's yours forever. Subscribers get more than just access to free books!
All subscribers will receive a book in print each year. We will also send stickers and other promotional goodies to club members.
And guess what? There's more!
ARC Book Club subscribers will get insider information in book readings, events, signings, and free entrance to any competition or award Unsolicited Press has during that year. All subscribers also get first dips on author events that we hold.
You can find out more on the subscription page.
WAIT! If you sign up for our newsletter (on the home page) by January 7, 2017, then you will become an ARC member for free. Awesome sauce to say the least.
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