Blogger Spotlight: All About NetGalley

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of NetGalley. I love getting to read advanced reader copies, and by utilizing the site, I’ve made connections with big-name publishers, as well as learned more about myself as a reader and my reading preferences.

Therefore, I wanted to give those who have discussed NetGalley a spotlight, so that those who are interested in learning more might find the resources they need for book bloggers who are familiar and comfortable with the site. This includes learning about how to use NetGalley, as well as the site’s pros and cons.

NetGalley 101

Jessica C Writes

If you’re not familiar with it, Netgalley is a site where bloggers and book reviewers can request ARCs in exchange for an honest review of the book. It’s a simple way for people, both with large and small followings, to get their foot in the door for ARCs.

It’s how I first began reading ARCs. It took a while before I first got accepted. But don’t be discouraged! I hope the following tips will help you land some ARCs (maybe even your first)! Read more…

Chrikaru Reads

I’m not far off being a beginner myself, and I know that Netgalley has both advantages and disadvantages.

Yet, I have discovered so many amazing books that I might not otherwise have read that I would whole-heartedly recommend joining.

It gives you free access to books from all over the world, provides a platform for books from smaller publishers/ independently published and connects you with publishers without the stress of figuring out who to e-mail. Read more…

Avalinah’s Books

Last time, we talked about when you should start requesting ARCs (advance reader copies) at all, and today? We’re going to talk about how to start doing it. So how do you make a good Edelweiss or NetGalley profile? Let’s start at the bottom and make it fun! Short quiz about how much you actually know about requesting books! Read more…

NetGalley 411

The Pros:

Bookishness and Tea

As a book blogger, you can create a NetGalley account to request e-ARCs and have them sent to your Kindle/Phone/etc. If you are a newer book blogger or blogger with lower stats, I would definitely recommend you do this before physical ARCs from publishers! It’s a lot easier to get accepted on NetGalley. If you do want to try for physical ARCs, I wrote a post a while ago about that, and here it is. Read more…

Confessions of a YA Reader

Netgalley seems to be the more popular website that more people use.  I started using Netgalley well before I started this blog.   I was just reading and reviewing on Goodreads.  But I did notice that I was getting declined for quite a few books.  A couple publishers added that they were only approving for bloggers and not just reviewers anymore.  So having a blog will help.

Netgalley is easy to use.  Definitely fill out your profile and link up all your sites.  Also, update it every so often.  I try to update my profile social media stats every 3-6 months.  I find that this helps.  Publishers really like to see you have an 80% rating if possible.  This gets easier to maintain after you have reviewed so many books. Read more…

A Happy Little Bookworm

Pros:

  1. Free (new release) books! Who can refuse free books, least of all, books that haven’t even been released yet? The concept of free books in return for reviews was something that astounded me when I was first introduced to it. 2 years later, and the novelty has anything but worn off.
  2. Support for authors. Supporting authors (especially self publishing or lesser known authors) is something that I’m sure we care about here in the book blogging world.
  3. Information on new releases. Probably my favourite thing about NetGalley is being able to stay on top of the new books coming out. Without this tool, I don’t know where I would be. Read more…

The Cons:

Morgana’s Book Box

That dreadful TBR pile? There´s a special pile for ARCs, too. One hardly any book blogger talks about. Just go hop on over to NetGalley and request a few book titles. The problem with this is: You get blindsided by all the wonderful new titles and request more than you can read. You have to be careful or else you´ll fall into the Netgalley ARC collecting trap.

This has happened to me a few times back in the day and I´m sure it´s still happening to other book bloggers. Luckily- This isn´t a problem for me anymore. No ARCs = No additional unread books. YAY. Read more…

A Little Nerd Told Me

Like many newbies to NetGalley, I made the ultimate rookie mistake: I requested every single book that piqued my interest. I was declined for a few, but was approved for most. Once the initial euphoria wore off, it hit me that I had a couple dozen books I needed to read in just a few weeks. And of course I kept requesting more- how could I not when there have been so many awesome books published this year?

I also made the mistake of not downloading books in time before they were archived, meaning I was approved for books that I couldn’t actually read. That made my ratio take a hit, too. Read more…

Silvia Reads Books

Netgalley is making it virtually impossible for international readers to request eARCs. We might still be able to “Wish” for them, but anyone who has ever used Netgalley before knows how difficult it is for a wish to be granted (it has personally only happened to me once). As far as I understand, this is Netgalley’s choice, not the publisher’s like it’s always been, thus making it even more difficult for international bloggers to be sent (digital) early editions of books (as if that wasn’t difficult enough before). Read more…

 



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  1. Thanks for linking to my blog post – I hope it’s useful for anyone looking to request some ARCs!

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