This post has been sat in my drafts for months, but I think now is the perfect time to post as a lot of people will be staying at home and NetGalley is a great site to utilise for publishers, reviewers and authors alike, especially in a time like this.
I’ve never done a “guide” post before, however, I feel like I’ve come a long way with NetGalley the past 2 years I’ve been a member and I want to share some tips that have helped me along the way and my own experience with the website!
I really want to stress that I am in no way a NetGalley expert! There are so many wonderful bloggers who have already created amazing guides. But I always think it’s great to get different perspectives, so I wanted to add mine to the mix!
I’m going to keep things as simple as possible, I won’t be going super in-depth about each thing mentioned, but feel free to leave a comment with any questions you have, I will answer them to the best of my ability!
First up, what is NetGalley?
“NetGalley is a website aimed at the distribution of digital galley proofs of books, some of which have not yet been released.”
Basically, NG is a place where book reviewers can join up and request/download eARCs from authors or publishers, to read and review on their blog/social media.
You don’t have to have a blog to sign up for NG! When I first joined 2 years ago, I was only reviewing on my Goodreads and Instagram.
Setting up your profile:
After you’ve signed up, it’s time to set up your profile!
- First things first, chose what type of reviewer you are:
Consumer Reviewer | Blogger | Book Trade Professional | Traditional Reviewer
- Include a profile picture
- Add your primary website (If you mainly review on your blog, add a link to your blog, If it’s your Goodreads, add a link to your GR)
- Add a link to another place you talk about books (eg, Instagram, Twitter)
- Connect your social media accounts!
- Add what categories/genres you prefer.
- Add your Kindle email address
Your NetGalley bio:
It’s not as daunting as it looks!
Below are some screenshots of my bio, how I have structured it, what I’ve added etc. This is just for reference/inspiration! You need to tailor it to mirror your own statistics, reading tastes etc.
It’s not perfect and I could probably do with some improvement myself, but it’s working great for now!
I try to make everything as neat and concise as possible, spacing out paragraphs and making individual sections for each social media site.
Possible things you could add in your bio:
- your favourite genres (eg: for me its fantasy and contemporary)
- if you have a particular niche/interest/passion (eg: for me it’s diverse books)
- A bit about yourself
- Some of your favourite books/authors
- how many books you read/review per month
- ALL your statistics
For a bit of reference, out of 147 books I’ve requested, 1 is pending, 127 were accepted and 19 declined and I’ve submitted feedback for 106 titles. (I need to work on that)
1) Utilise “read now” titles. Read now books are available to download, without having to request. This is an amazing way to build your NetGalley profile and show publishers that you are an active reviewer.
2) Always put statistics in your NG profile. Publishers are busy, and they get a lot of NetGalley requests per day, if you don’t add as much information as possible, the likelihood of you receiving the ARC you requested is slim. I try and add my blog, Instagram and Twitter statistics.
3) If you have favourite publishers, follow them, like their covers, check out their “approval requirements”.
4) Don’t over request! I think a lot of people fall into this trap, but try and reign it in, only request the books you really want to read.
5) Utilise both the “UK” site and the “US” site. Something that I discovered is that if I use .co.uk instead of .com, I am transferred to the UK NetGalley (they’re the same thing, just different web addresses) and I know for sure that not just UK bloggers can request. The UK site sometimes has a whole different range of books as well.
6) As soon as I’m accepted for an eARC, I download ASAP. This ensures that the galley won’t expire and you will always have access to it.
7) Share your badges! Once I notice that I’ve received a new NG badge, I upload to my blog. I used to be able to upload on my Goodreads, but I don’t think GR allows that anymore.
8) Keep your feedback ratio above 80%.
9) Include a disclaimer in your review (eg: I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
10) Always be as honest as you can, while still being respectful in your book reviews.
11) Don’t feel discouraged if you get declined, publishers are limited with the number of ebooks they can distribute and there are plenty more out there that you can request and hopefully be accepted for!
12) Try to keep your links & statistics up to date as much as possible.
13) Pay attention to publication dates and always try to post your reviews in a timely manner.
14) The most important thing is to have fun and not stress yourself out!
Do I recommend it?
YES! In my experience, NetGalley is an absolutely amazing platform that is perfect for a range of people; newbie book bloggers just starting out, people that prefer reading on their Kindle, bloggers that don’t receive physical ARCs etc.
I’m in the UK, so I realise my privilege. I know a lot of international readers find it very hard to get NetGalley ARCs for a number of reasons, so please bear that in mind. A lot of the ARCs are available to request for me, a lot of intl readers only get a “wish for it” button.
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Let me know in the comments if you use NetGalley and if this guide was helpful!