Stop asking me for ARCs! (updated)

It says that I don’t have ARCs on the contact page. You know, the same contact page you have to go to in order to write and ask me for the ARCs I do not have. *head desk*

Let me put it another way:


The contact page also tells you who does have ARCs. Yes, right at the top of the contact page.

But please remember: publishers don’t give ARCs out to everyone. There’s only a small number so they have to be selective. It’s one of those “while supplies last” things.

Bloomsbury will be giving more away at IRA, ALA, and BEA.

Sorry to sound snippy but I’m getting way too many of these requests and I don’t have time to respond. I’m busy! I’ve got copyedits to check, 1930s research to do, my next novel to write, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I’m swamped!

I am thrilled that so many people want to read Liar. It’s truly wonderful. I can’t wait for you guys to read it either. I’m really enjoying hearing people start to talk about Liar and argue about what really happens. THOUGH DON’T SPOIL IT FOR OTHERS. If you really are bursting to talk about it but no one around you has read it: write to me. I’d love to hear from you.

Here’s hoping this enthusiasm to read the book is still going strong when the real proper book version of Liar publishes in October! Only six months away! How did that happen?

*Goes back to copyedits.*

As you were.

Update: Since there seems to be some confusion, I have attempted to clarify here.


  1. Harry Connolly on #

    As you wish.

    (I just watched that movie yesterday afternoon.)

  2. Justine on #

    Is movie of much goodness.

  3. Iris Messenger on #

    the princess bride reference made my day :>

  4. Kiera on #

    Every time The Princess Bride is quoted, an angel gets its wings.

  5. Rebecca on #

    I am going to BEA solely for the purpose of getting Liar. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No really. I WANT ONE. The cover makes me WANT ONE even more.

  6. Liana Brooks on #

    You get a cookie just for the Princess Bride reference.

  7. Rachel on #


    And what they said.

  8. Susannah on #

    Get some rest. If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything…

  9. Adrienne V on #

    LIAR is on my BEA Arc Stalker list – can’t wait to read it! And now I must go Netflix the Princess Bride.

  10. Maureen Johnson on #

    I have PILES of Liar ARCs! Piles of them! I must have . . . let’s see . . . a thousand of them? Justine gave them to me and told me to HIDE THEM from people.

    And I looked in this room in her apartment, and she had like, ten thousand more. She was burning them for fuel on Friday, and she made me eat one. I don’t know why she’s pretending not to have any. I guess she’s just lying.

  11. ShootingStarsMag on #

    hahah I love Maureen’s comment. NO burning books for heat! LOL

    But sorry everyone is bugging you, but yay for excitement over Liar. I think it sounds amazing as well. Can’t wait to read it. October is sooo farrr awayy.


  12. Justine on #

    ShootingsStarsMag: Maureen is completely insane. I try to look the other way.

    Ironically, the people who keep bugging me for ARCs are mostly people who don’t ever read this blog. So this post was most likely completely pointless. *sigh*

  13. Tim on #

    What’s that? You have an ARC that you want to give to me? Shall I email you and request one via the contact page? Okay then, since you asked me to…

  14. Dave H on #

    You wouldn’t give me anyone. We is sworn enemies. Says so right on this here blog.

  15. Lenore on #

    We were just discussing ARCs on my blog. I was addressing authors who approach me about reviewing their books in ARC form and then a bunch of authors left comments that bloggers are driving them crazy with review copy requests and then in some cases not even reviewing them. I agree that sucks 🙁

    Anyway, here is a link in case you want to check it out:

  16. Adele on #

    I would like to apologise for the “crazies” in YA blogging community. They’re letting the YAblogverse down. It is extremely rude of them and I cannot believe their stupidity either. (Maybe they were seagulls in a previous life? – mine, mine, mine.)

  17. Amy @ My Friend Amy on #

    Man I’m sorry. That sucks. This seems to be a huge problem for YA books?

  18. Claire on #

    Poor, poor Justine. I know it must suck for people to be so pushy. I myself am a YA book blogger who asks authors for their books because I AM INTERESTED IN PROMOTING/REVIEWING THEIR BOOK. I am not in it for free books. I am not in it for anything but the joy I get when I promote an upcoming book on my blog, write a good review, and make an author happy. I think, deep down, all bloggers need to keep that in mind.

  19. Justine on #

    Claire: There’s absolutely nothing wrong in asking a publisher for an ARC. I do it myself all the time. Sure, publishers don’t always give them to you. But there’s zero harm in asking.

    All I object to is people asking me for ARCs when it’s clearly stated on the contact page that I don’t have any. It’s a waste of both our times.

  20. Jen on #

    Wow, I would never be plucky enough to ask for an ARC! I find authors really intimidating actually ^_^

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