We have an AWESOME question this week about quoting from ARCs! It’s actually one that I’ve always wondered myself:
I always wonder about quoting from an ARC. Is it okay? Some ARCs have quoting guidlines on them, like checking your quote to the published book. But does that mean I can quote from the ARC and then check it to the published book when I get it or that I can’t quote from the book until I have checked it first. Some ARCs don’t say anything about quoting, what then?
I think the problem here is that many book bloggers receive ARCS and are expected to post their reviews before the book’s publication date. So how can we check any quotes against the final published book if our review is going up beforehand? Are we just not allowed to quote from ARCs period? Or can we, but with limitations?
Since I didn’t know the answer to this, I reached out to some of my publisher contacts to see what they thought. I think the answers I got prove that each publisher has different guidelines and conditions. If there is a publisher you review for often that isn’t on this list, then I recommend you contact them personally!
I think it’s fine for you to quote an ARC, as long as you don’t give away spoilers/mention that you’re quoting from the ARC.
So it sounds like quoting from an ARC is okay. Just don’t give away any spoilers!
If you post a review before the publication date, please do not include quotes from ARCs. This is for a few reasons: like you said, the quote wouldn’t be from the final copy of the book, but including quotes before the on-sale date also leads to spoilers (even if that isn’t your intention.) It’s best to avoid spoilers as much as possible! Also, keep in mind that the fair use word limit is under 500 words—our sub rights department likes to keep that in check.
Atria would prefer that reviewers do not quote from ARCs at all because it’s not a finished copy of the book and the text could change before publication. If the quote still exists in the final book, then you can use the quote, but you have to wait for the final copy to check.
If you post teasers, please don’t post any spoilers and only from the first 100 pages.
Note: the above quote from Entangled was about the ARC for The Collector in particular. I’m not sure if their conditions differ for other Entangled titles.
It looks like we don’t have much of a consensus! Some publishers are cool with it as long as you don’t quote spoilers, but others don’t want it done at all. I wish I could give you a more concrete answer, Jennifer!