Commentary #94: “How to Request ARCs from Publishers”

Very interesting advice for anyone looking to get into the nitty-gritty of Advanced Reader Copies (ARC)!

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I saw Krysti’s post recently, and felt I needed to share it!

An ARC means Advance Reader Copy.

Here’s the link to her post:

Her post is short, sweet, and to the point.

I really liked her advice about requesting a physical ARC from a publisher. She says to “focus on building your follower base first and foremost. Most publishers are looking for bloggers who have at least 500 followers across platforms (including your blog and social media) and have been blogging for at least six months.”

In addition, she gave a lot of tips and tricks for searching for publishers. One key takeaway I found was the following”

“Know that there are a TON of imprints for the big publishers (Harper, Penguin, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, etc.) So sometimes you’ll need to figure out which…

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Does Feminism Lead To Divorce?

I guess one could make the argument that feminism made divorce easier to get & more commonplace.

However, one’s wife or husband believing the genders are equal doesn’t lead to more divorces, nor cause them.

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There are a lot of fucking ignorant misconceptions surrounding feminism, one of which is the idea that feminists are often unable to marry (which is why they are feminists) or that being a feminist will lead to divorce.

Firstly, feminists do marry (if they want to). I’m married, and I’m married to a male feminist.

Some feminists might not be married due to personal choice.

Yet, at the end of the day, despite whiny MRAs and MGTOWs claiming that feminists are “ugly”, here’s a list I already compiled of conventionally attractive celebrities who are also feminists.

So that dispels that myth, you wanker.

However, leading to the second part of that question, does feminism lead to divorce?

That question is a little trickier, as it depends what the person means when asking.

Being a feminist (unless you married a sexist, misogynistic pig who treats you terribly … and I’m not…

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Stop Downplaying Your Progress and Success!

This is too true. It doesn’t just apply to anxiety & mental health; it applies to all progress.

Getting Through Anxiety

Hi everyone! So last week, I had a great time shopping with my mom. While I didn’t do a ‘perfect’ job, I did do really well when it came to going out and not allowing anxiety to get the best of me. I never had to leave the store early, I walked around, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

With that being said, there were moments when my anxiety did increase and I found myself doing less than spectacular. At those moments, I found that I began to beat myself up. My mom kept saying how well I was doing and yet, I still felt down on myself. Here’s the thing – there was a time when I wouldn’t even try to go into those stores. There was a time when I’d have to sit on the ground whenever I got too anxious to stand (true, they were furniture stores, so…

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It’s Just A Joke

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It’s just a joke.

I hear those words, that same phrase, over and over again.

Adam Goodes, an Aboriginal man and an AFL footballer, compared to Harambe.

Come on, laugh. It’s just a joke.

It’s not like anything serious ever happens to Aboriginal people.

It’s not like Pauline Hanson, xenophobic racist, and unfortunately leader of Australia’s One Nation party, which is a (somehow even more bogan) version of MAGA, which spurts similar rhetorics and white ideas.

“Along with millions of Australians, I am fed up to the back teeth with the inequalities that are being promoted by the government and paid for by the taxpayer under the assumption that Aboriginals are the most disadvantaged people in Australia.” – Pauline Hanson

It’s not like Aboriginal people are more likely to be imprisoned, die in custody, or die from preventative diseases:

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It’s just a joke, after all.

And freedom of speech, damn…

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Barr Chokes Justice

Amen. 😥



Eric Garner’s death at the hands of New York City police was one of several fatal encounters that gave life to the Black Lives Movement. It has been five years since Garner’s death and justice still has not been served. It’s events like this that totally justifies the BLM movement and protests, such as kneeling during the national anthem.

Garner was approached by cops on Staten Island on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. One of the police officers, Daniel Pantaleo put Garner into a chokehold while other officers held him on the ground. After the chokehold was removed, he pushed Garner’s face into the ground while four officers held him down. Garner told the officers he couldn’t breath eleven times before losing consciousness. None of the officers attempted CPR on Garner at the scene. He died an hour after arriving at the hospital.

Pantaleo denied…

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Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

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For some inexplicable reason, I am genuinely surprised by the large amount of people who say that feminism isn’t needed because sexism and misogyny doesn’t exist. Often, the person saying this (but not always – I’m surprised with how many women also think this way) is a white, middle class (at least), straight, cis man.

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Now, I’ve written about why I’m a feminist, how feminism benefits men, and why disliking the feminist movement is just plain ignorant if you believe in gender equality. (Seriously … you have a problem with gender equality? If you’re for gender equality, you’re a feminist. If you have a problem with the word, perhaps you should start listening to logic and reason and stop focusing on the fallacies and myths anti-feminists and MRAs like to spread. Because, whether you like it or not, if you have a problem with feminism, you either have a problem…

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Not Like Other Girls

There is no “other girl.” You’re competing against an image in your mind that the world has told us is “how girls are.”

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I’m sure you, like me (assuming you use any form of social media) have, at some point, come across a meme (of varying descriptions) where the creator states she’s not like other girls.

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She may state that, unlike other girls, she’s into sport. Really? That makes you “unlike other girls”? When I was in high school, I was the anomaly for not liking sports of any kind. Most of my friends liked at least some sport or another. Many were actually fanatical about it – one even got an overseas scholarship she was so good at baseball.

My point is, if you’re a girl and you like sport, that does not make you unique. (You’re also not unique if you’re like me and you don’t like sport – at the very least, that’s what’s expected of you as a woman.)

Some girls say they’re different because they don’t look perfect…

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Perilous Times For Political Cartoonists

I love how this looks. More than that, it highlights an insidious trend. Political cartoonists keep my brain from exploding… they deserve better.



Donald Trump is hosting a “social media summit” today at the White House. This morning, he tweeted, “A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period.”

So, Trump is having a tantrum over “bias” and “discrimination” but he’s only invited people who are extremely friendly to him and he’s going to shut out the press. Also, not invited are representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Conservatives don’t get irony or hypocrisy.

Trump and other conservatives claim their voices are suppressed on social media. Basically, they scream suppression whenever one of their racist posts, personal attacks, or lies are removed. This is a very popular conspiracy theory among those who believe they’re…

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