Requesting ARCs (or Advance Reader Copies) can be hard, because not only do you need the right contact details, you also need to convince the publisher you are the right person for their book. You need to show them you’re committed, have an audience and that you are interested in the book they’re going to publish. ARCs are distributed, usually, a few months before they are getting published. They are distributed for the purpose of reviewing, and to spread the word about the book. For internationals, it can be even harder to request ARCs due to high shipping costs and restrictions from the publishers.