But if you ask any blogger about whether they care about ARCs . . . well, that's a different story. I think we all play it pretty cool. I think we all feel a little giddy when we hit that "request" button and we wait anxiously by our email for that approval notice. We all pretend that it doesn't break our hearts when we get rejected. Sure we think it, but we never say it. I may not blog just for the ARCs, but I still care dammit!
Here are the five stages of what I go through whenever my request for an ARC gets denied. The grief is real people.
Yes, I know it's been three months since I've submitted my request but I could still get approved, right?
Maybe they're on vacation?
It's okay that they denied my request. I have enough ARCs on my plate anyway. Really, I don't need any more books.
Who are they to turn me down??
I hate that stupid rejection email!!
What if I promise them lots and lots of cake and rainbows??
If only they would just approve me, I swear I would give the book such a good review. THEY WON'T REGRET IT!!
Okay, I can't take it personally. There are lots of legitimate reasons for my request to be denied.
The time it takes me to go though these five stages can be anywhere from five minutes to an hour. But then it's over and I'm fine and I move on to the ARC request . . . . then the process starts all over again.
Do you ever feel these stages of ARC rejection grief? Can you relate? PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one!!