I would like to personally thank Kristi, The Story Siren, for doing a feature on her blog called "Dear Story Siren: Publisher Edition" where she contacts a person from a publisher's media department and asks them questions about reviewing their published books. Part of Kristi's questioning revolves around asking for ARCs. Before reading this feature on Kristi's blog, I never thought to personally request an ARC from a publisher. I always assumed that publishers and authors contacted you. What was I thinking? Rookie mistake!
So thanks to Kristi's helpful blog feature, I decided that over the weekend, I would contact my first publisher. I emailed someone from Penguin's children and young adult media department and requested a copy of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book will not hit stores until December, but I have heard such wonderful things about it that I have been DYING to read it. Well today I got my wish. When I arrived home from work, a FedEx padded envelope was sitting on my front porch with this lovely surprise inside:
Thank you Penguin/Dutton Publishing!