Note: This blog post has been updated Nov. 30, 2021
For avid readers, readers who like to share their reading experiences by reviewing, and pretty much any book blogger – NetGalley is a dream come true.
So many books! And all you have to do is REVIEW them… LOL
Be CAREFUL to curtail your enthusiasm! All NetGalley newbies get carried away at first. They (me included) request, request, request. Remember your end of the bargain. The publisher and author expect a review – a timely review – somewhere near the publication date preferably. If you really don’t expect to hold up your end of the bargain, then DON’T request the title.
Blog often and keep all your links up to date!
Fill out your NetGalley profile! The reason that NetGalley exists is to promote the sales and reading of the books provided. They want to ‘build the buzz‘ about their books. Include in your profile anything that lets publishers know that you WILL help publicize their titles. NetGalley has provided some helpful hints for filling out your profile. As a book blogger I have included in my profile the name and address of my blog, the size of my audiences, where else I recommend books (GoodReads, Twitter, Amazon, etc.) If any of the information on your profile changes, then update the info!
NetGalley prefers a feedback ratio of 80% AND… once you do attain it you have to maintain it. You lose your lovely 80% badge the minute you drop below the coveted 80%.
Note for new NetGalley members: You must have submitted at least 20 reviews before you can qualify for the 80% badge.
Get a Kindle. It make life SO much easier. Use the handy dandy Send to Kindle button provided by NetGalley and the book will appear on your Kindle as if by magic.
No fooling around with loading. You have to ensure that you have submitted your Kindle’s email address to NetGalley and that you have firstname.lastname@example.org on your Amazon Approved Personal Document E-Mail list. Here are the full instructions from NetGalley. Once you have your Kindle account set up with NetGalley, download your titles a.s.a.p.! I found out the hard way that if you don’t download the titles right away, they might become archived and you will have missed your opportunity! Don’t return in a months time and assume they are still available for download.
If you are new and haven’t yet garnered any kind of reputation on NetGalley, then rather than request books, you can choose from the ‘Read now‘ selection.
If you use these books as a jumping off point – and review them in a timely manner – your reputation will improve and you will find yourself with more approvals than rejections.
Rejections are a part of the NetGalley experience. Don’t take them personally. If you’ve done your bit by maintaining your profile, reviewing in a timely fashion, and keeping your feedback ratio at an acceptable level AND you still get rejected requests there are a number of possible reasons why. The main one for me is that the publisher is not in my ‘region’. I can’t quite figure it out, because some of the publishers that are out of my region have granted me auto-approval ??? Also, I think the publisher has a limited amount of free digital ARCs for some of the most popular titles. Once they hit their ‘limit’, you’re out of luck. The long and the short of it is: Don’t get discouraged. If at first you don’t succeed, then try, try, again.
Be honest in your review. If you couldn’t finish the book, if the book just wasn’t your ‘cup of tea’ then state this in your review. I have found that this hasn’t happened to me very often because for the most part I chose the title in the first place. But sometimes publishers will invite you to read a title that is just not what you would have chosen…
NetGalley has published some tips for writing reviews.
Always include a disclaimer in your review. If you received any book/product free of charge in exchange for a review, the FTC rules that you MUST disclose this in your review! Here is a link to the FTC guidelines.
Post your NetGalley badges on your blog! You’ve earned them so let others know. I also put them on my Goodreads profile page.
From my Goodreads profile:
Let NetGalley know the type of books you like to read. Here is what I have chosen:
Also, let NetGalley know who your favorite publishers are.
After you submit some reviews and the publisher likes those reviews you might get a ‘top reviewer‘ badge. Reviewers receive this badge when three or more of their reviews have been added to any NetGalley title details page by a publisher. (To see which reviews have been added just go to your Shelf, then under Feedback Sent you will see a little icon next to the titles where your review now appears on its Title Details page.)
Then there may come a happy day when you are ‘auto-approved‘ by a publisher! You earn this badge if you are auto-approved by four or more publishers! That means that you have free access to all of that publisher’s titles on NetGalley!
When you have submitted a certain number of reviews to NetGalley, you will get an additional badge.
Enjoy your NetGalley experience!
I have joined some groups on Goodreads that have been created for NetGalley members. It is a great way to share the NetGalley experience as well as a way to socialize with like minded people. The NetGalley Readers Group and the NetGalley Addicts Support Group.
Remember – Reading and reviewing should be an enjoyable experience. Don’t over request and over-extend yourself. What should be fun will turn into a chore.
SHARE your spoiler-free reviews on social media! I usually share my reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram.
For those new to Twitter, check out my post on how to use Twitter hashtags effectively for book influencers.
I’d love to hear from other book bloggers/NetGalley users if they have any insight to share.