What Is an ARC?

Amish fiction, Author life, Christian fiction Comments: 38

Today I thought I’d talk to you about ARCs. Why?  Because I have some to give away!

In publishing, the word ARC stands for Advanced Reader Copy. These are books that are sent out to a variety of people:

  • final proofreaders
  • reviewers
  • bloggers
  • professional book review sites/magazines

It’s understood that these are not the final copy. You might find a wayward comma or a layout error, but overall these books are very close to the final thing. By sending out ARCs, publishers are able to have reviews in place before or on the day the book releases. This helps build excitement around the book, and also helps readers know if it’s the kind of book they’d like to read or not.

So let’s give away some ARCs! As you can see I have 5 copies. Usually I like to let giveaways run for a couple weeks, but since An Amish Picnic releases on March 3rd, I’ll randomly pull five names on Monday. Please only comment if you have time to read this book in the next few weeks and are willing to write an honest review. The winner of the Amish package from earlier this month was Diana F. (Diana, check your email.)

If you’re on social media and would like to share this giveaway, I’d appreciate it.



Announcements for this week

  • Someone emailed me, thrilled and surprised that the book they ordered from my on-line store was autographed. Every book in my store is autographed to you (or whomever you instruct me to autograph it to). Books make great gifts!
  • The 5-in-1 bundle for my Pebble Creek series is on sale for $3.99. It includes 3 full length novels and 2 short stories. The sale price is good with all ebook retailers and runs through March 3rd. When I checked Amazon earlier today, they’d lowered the price to $1.99, but I have no idea how long that will last.
  • Have you tried my cyber series yet? Midnight Strike released on 1-3-20. This is novella #2 in my Cyber Division series, and it’s a brand new 60 page story. I hope you’ll give it a try. You can find it on Amazon or any ebook retailers. And if you’ve signed up for my newsletter, you’ll receive the first novella, Fading Into the Night, for free. If you haven’t signed up, but would like to you can do so here in the top right hand box.
  • An Unlikely Amish Match recently landed on the #21 spot on Publisher’s Weekly Mass Market bestseller list. A big thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy, and if you haven’t they should still be available in stores.


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38 thoughts on “What Is an ARC?

  1. Debbie Earls

    I would love to read the “ARC” copy of this book. I could read it in the alloted time. Thank you for the opportunity! Love your contests and your books!

  2. Mardell Grayhek

    Vanetta, I would love to read and ARC of An Amish Picnic. I just finished reading The Innkeeper’s Bride and just started Written in Love. I have been enjoying your books for quite some time. I often read advanced reader’s copies and share reviews on my blog, retailer’s sites and social media.

  3. Janice Buser

    I would love to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of An Amish Picnic and can both read it and write a review within the necessary time frame. What a nice opportunity you offer!

  4. Deanne Patterson

    I am so excited to see this book so close to publication date. I have been anxiously awaiting to read it. I’d love to have the opportunity to read and review it on my blog within the allotted time.
    Thank you for the giveaway chance.

  5. Kathy Rowe

    Please enter me in your giveaway for the book “An Amish Picnic.” I sure will have time to read it soon after getting it and I am willing to leave a review of it. Always enjoy your books so much.

  6. Patti Gallagher

    I look forward to reading your blog every month and hope you are doing well. I do miss hearing from you on social media but I truly understand your need to focus on some other things. That being said, I received an ARC from NetGalley and I am currently reading An Amish Picnic and thoroughly enjoying it. Such a great line up of authors! Will definitely do a shout out for this giveaway on Facebook. Take care!

  7. Tena Greear

    I would appreciate an advanced copy of An Amish Picnic. I am a reviewer on NetGalley and post all my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and I add links on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I especially enjoy Amish fiction.

  8. Denise Smith

    I would definitely love to be an ARC reader for you. I could be an honest ARC reader as I have read a great array of Amish books and feel I could give a fair opinion – but of course, I’m gonna love it be wise I love all your books. Thank you for the opportunity to help you in this way.

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Hi Royce. Good questions. If you find an error, then just let the author know. We forward those emails to the publisher. Depending on timing, it might or might not be corrected on the first print run. It will be noted in the file and corrected on subsequent print runs–or so they tell me.

    1. Ellie

      I already have this on my TBR list! I just bought your latest Love Inspired release last weekend which is next up on my list.

  9. Robyn Etherden

    Hi Vannetta My Name is Robyn and I live in Sydney Australia and would love to receive “ARC” of An Amish Picnic I enjoy your books very much Robyn

  10. Linda McFarland

    Love ARCs, love to read, love to review, and yes, I have time to read. On a side note, I was on your first Street Team (so fun), do you still have a Street Team? Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      Hi Linda. I do not have a street team at this time. I may start one up again next year. Until then, I just send out review copies whenever I can. Thanks for asking!

  11. Sharon Campbell

    I’m so excited to have a chance to read your Books on an ARC team ! I have read as much as I can of your books either on KU or from my Library . I’m on a fixed income and can’t afford to buy them individually . Yes I will have the time to read them being retired and 76 , I have a lot of free time . Thank you and God bless you . Sharon

  12. Melanie Kinnaman

    I am very interested in reading and writing a review on the ARC book! If there are still any available, that is. I love all your books and am ways excited when a new one comes out! 🙂

  13. Marilyn Unsell

    You have become my favorite author! What a breath of fresh air to read the genre that I most enjoy with a Christian perspective. I LOVE LOVE the mysteries. I’m enjoying Midnight strike as we speak. The characters are very real and interesting. Please keep writing the mysteries; Amish and otherwise.

  14. Sherri Jacks

    Dear Vannetta:
    Yes Please!…would be an honor to be chosen!
    You introduced me to the Amish World a number of years ago. I have Soooo Enjoyed this genre! So much so, that one day I would like to visit…
    My Faith is my Rock, and I admire their practices.
    Sherri Jacks


    I love your books. I recommend them to my library and the libraries in my area. I recommend your books on several social media sites. Please continue writing.

  16. Ruth Bogue

    I love all your stories and this compilation of 4 very talented authors looks especially good. I really enjoy novellas when I don’t have a lot of time to get involved in a full length story. Would love the opportunity to win this and leave a review!

  17. Virginia Werner

    I would so love to read your book and I love reading! I live in Northern Indiana where there’s a lot of Amish and this is where I learned to appreciate the writing of people such as yourself! I’m disabled and I choose to spend a lot of my time reading! I love Patti Whitson Stevenson also; she is a friend of mine and she is close to my daughter and grandkids in the KC area. I look forward to her reviews and I’ll look forward to reading this book. Please consider me for your giveaway!?

  18. Debra Earls

    I would love to read the Arc copy of “An Amish Picnic” . I can read it in the allotted time. Thank you. Debbie Earls.