NetGalley Guide To Requesting ARCs: Tips, Tricks & My Own Experiences

Hi everyone!

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:

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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!

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  • Add what categories/genres you prefer.
  • Add your Kindle email address

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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.

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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:

  1. your favourite genres (eg: for me its fantasy and contemporary)
  2. if you have a particular niche/interest/passion (eg: for me it’s diverse books)
  3. A bit about yourself
  4. Some of your favourite books/authors
  5. how many books you read/review per month
  6. ALL your statistics

Some tips:

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!

 

 

20 thoughts on “NetGalley Guide To Requesting ARCs: Tips, Tricks & My Own Experiences

  1. this was such a helpful post, Amy! When I first started blogging, I was super excited to start requesting arcs and set up my Netgalley and Edelweiss accounts. Over time, I got lazy about maintaining two accounts on arc-requesting sites, so I just gave up on Netgalley and exclusively used Edelweiss to request arcs. I think the existence of a feedback ratio on Netgalley was what deterred me from using it:( These are such great tips though! Back when I was still requesting arcs, I utilized these tricks! I find that what helped me get approved was to pay attention to what other bloggers (especially bloggers who read the same books I read) got approved for, because that usually meant I’d get approved for the arcs they were approved for too. I also made sure to post reviews on my blog regularly (though I never review books anymore lmao) 😅

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    1. Thank you, Caitlin 🙂

      I definitely get that! I also have an EW account but because I never get accepted for anything on there, I rarely go on it 😅

      That makes perfect sense and I’ve noticed that too! Haha, I post individual reviews very rarely now, over time I’ve discovered that I love wrap-up posts/reviews a lot more!

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  2. This is such a helpful post, thank you! I’ve been using Netgalley on and off for a couple of years and have recently decided to start using it again as I’m including a lot more book reviews on my blog, so this post has come at the right time for me! I’ll definitely be using these tips!

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  3. Great post and very helpful for the Netgalley beginner. I love Netgalley! It is the only place I get my ARCs from and while I struggled a bit in the beginning, these past years I have constantly been near 100% and it is quite easy to keep up even if I request a couple more books than may be handy. 😛
    Though I want to add that if you get a .ascm that the galleys do expire. I haven’t seen Kindle stuff expire yet (still got an arc from last year on my Kindle which is totally fine despite the title being archived for over 8 months now), but I have had a couple of ARCs that I had in Adobe Digital Editions and those didn’t work any more after x days or if the book is expired on Netgalley. Maybe if you convert the ascm’s to something else.. but I have noticed that just breaks the book or is impossible due to the DRM, so I don’t do that any more.

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    1. Thank you so much! NetGalley is my main source for ARCs now, I find EW way too confusing to navigate 😂

      Ohh yes I completley forgot about non-Kindle ARCs! I don’t receive those a lot so it slipped my mind while writing this! Thank you for reminding me 😄 It’s super annoying that they delete after a certain date! My Kindle ARCs stay forever as well.

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      1. Same here, I tried EW but I am just not liking the whole you have to give a reason on why you want the book (otherwise there is just barely anything to get). Um, just because I like the cover? 😛 Netgalley is much more userfriendly in that way + so many options.

        You’re welcome! Yeah, you have to really keep a close eye on them as to not lose the book. Last week I downloaded one but hadn’t noticed it would leave in a few hours (in which I was in bed and sleeping). So that sucked. I should really put the books on my Google Calendar so it can throw reminders at me. XD

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      2. So sorry for my late reply! I totally agree, even when I wrote 3 paragraphs explaining why I want an ARC, I have never been accepted😂 NG is definitely more user friendly.

        Ohh that sucks! That hasn’t happened to me yet, but I’ll definitely be wary of it now!

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  4. I have a complicated history with NetGalley. I started using it back in 2014, way before I had a blog. At that point, I didn’t really know how it worked and had no idea how to review books. (Not like much has changed with my reviewing skills since then.) So basically, I have been declined for a whole bunch of books, and I still haven’t read/reviewed some titles that are over 5 years old! At this point I’m super selective and only request books I think I’ll love, and therefore won’t mind reviewing, because I find it super difficult to review mediocre books.

    Would you believe that I only realized I needed to include my stats in my bio less than a year ago? If not for helpful posts like this one, I may never have learned how to be a properly functioning NetGalley reviewer! Having used the site for so many years and looking back with so many regrets now, I think this post is fantastic! It so clearly breaks down how NetGalley works, and I desperately wish I knew these tips way back in 2014!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m really happy this post was helpful 😄

      I started NG a couple of years ago and I had no clue what I was doing either! I over-requested books to begin with until I found NetGalley guide posts like this one and I remember how helpful they were!

      I’m the same, now I only request if I think I am going to LOVE it, otherwise, I find that I have zero motivation to read and review and most of the time I’ll DNF if I’m not super invested.

      Thank you so much again! 💕

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  5. This is a great post and so helpful!! I love the way you set it out and all the information you put in it!! Honestly it is perfect. I certainly feel like I know Netgalley better now as I’ve never gone on it so if I ever decide to, this is definitely the post I will be looking at.
    I’m glad you recommend using it as well!! Thank you for sharing and again, wonderful post!! ❤

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  6. Amazing post, Amy!! You will help so many people just starting out with NetGalley or looking for more information and clarification 🙂

    I kind of realised I might have forgotten to update my statistics in a while?? Should definitely check that out! Also, your are much more detailed than mine!

    Thank you so much for making this, Amy!! ❤ ❤

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