10 Tips For The NetGalley Newbie

Good morning, you guys! Can you believe I am actually awake in the morning and writing this post? Because I sure can’t. But for some reason, I got woken up really early today and after finally having a cup of coffee (you might think I’m just saying that because it is part of my ‘brand’, no. I actually desperately needed a coffee I was that tired), I decided I would be productive and start writing this post!

My last post about NetGalley was a bit more of a downer as I talked about why I decided not to read my approved eARCs and as I was writing that one, I decided to also share some tips for anyone who might be new to NetGalley and wants some help on how to use it. Which is what today’s post is going to be all about!

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Include a Picture Of Yourself

I don’t know about you guys, but I love knowing who I am talking to whenever I visit a website which is why I think it’s important that you include a picture of yourself on your NetGalley profile – it lets the publishers know who they are working with! You don’t have to take a professional picture either, mine have always just been selfies I’ve taken!

Make Sure You Fill Out Your Bio

Your bio is going to give publishers a chance to get to know your blog better, so make sure you include a quick description of your blog, a link to your previous reviews, your follower count, monthly visits and maybe even comments and likes to give publishers an idea of how often your readers engage with the content you post!

This is also a great place to include any other followers you have on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, etc!

Set Reading Preferences

Now that your profile is all set up, make sure you actually set reading preferences! This is going to help NetGalley suggest books you might enjoy that they have up for review or that you can request! And don’t worry, you can edit your reading preferences at any given point!

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Don’t Request Too Many Books At Once – You Might Regret It

After setting up your profile and reading preferences, it’s finally time to have a look around for some books you are interested in reading! This is always so much fun but unfortunately sometimes leads to you being approved for multiple books at once and suddenly you’re really behind and have more pressure when it comes to reading your approved copies. Don’t make that mistake. Request a couple of books at a time and wait until you hear back from publishers!

Request Books You Are Actually Interested In

From my own experience, I know how much fun it is to request multiple books at once and hoping you will get approved for at least one of them. But don’t go out there and request more books just to improve your chances. Request books you are genuinely excited about and can’t wait to get your hands on! Because guess what? Getting an email letting you know you’ve been approved for an anticipated release is so much more fun! You might even read the book that very same day because you’re just that excited!

Request Books In Your Territory! Publishers Can’t Provide Copies Outside Their Territory

When you’re looking at the details page of a book you’re going to request – make sure you check if there are any territory restrictions in place! You don’t want to request a book that is limited to the US if you live in Germany (like me – you can, however, let out a quick curse at the fact that you can’t request Warcross because you don’t live in the states, I know I did) because you will get declined for sure!

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Your Ratio Doesn’t Always Matter – Neither Do Your Followers

This is something I have been trying to understand for quite a while, but I’m still none the wiser. Sometimes I’ll get declined for a book even though I have a good feedback ratio and others I will get approved when my feedback ratio isn’t too good. Same goes for followers! I’ve been approved for eARCs back in February when I had fewer followers on this blog and declined for others with my current follower count.

Don’t Get Discouraged If You Aren’t Approved For A Book

I know it might be easy to get discouraged if you aren’t approved for a book you were really looking forward to – but don’t be! There is always another chance with the next book you request! And I’m not saying don’t feel sad if you get declined! You’re allowed to feel that, obviously! But make sure you continue to review books, improve your writing and reviews and try again!

Celebrate When You Are Approved For A Book

Whenever I get a positive email from NetGalley about a title I requested, you can bet money on the fact that I will shout it from the rooftops on my Twitter! I mean, I was obviously really excited about the book and it’s amazing when you get approved to read it early and you are supposed to celebrate the good times, so! Go tweet about it! Let the author know that you’re excited to read their book early!

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Approach Any Book You Read With An Open Mind

I always do my best to approach any book I read with an open mind which is really important. You don’t want to go in worrying that the book might suck – that’s going to influence your reading experience! And by going into a new book with low expectations, you don’t end up being disappointed. Also, you might just discover a fantastic new series (The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White was that for me) or a new author that you want to read more from!

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Do you guys use NetGalley regularly or have you been staying away from it for whatever reason?

If you’re someone who uses NetGalley a lot, do you have any more tips for someone who doesn’t have as much experience yet? And what would you say is your #1 tip for someone who wants to give NetGalley a try? Let’s share in the comments and help each other out!

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25 thoughts on “10 Tips For The NetGalley Newbie

  1. It’s definitely best to not request too many books or books you’re not interested in! I know I’ve made that mistake of requesting too many books, and I’ve highly regretted it. πŸ˜… I’ve noticed that followers and ratio don’t always matter as well! I was approved for a heavily requested book from Penguin when I had, like, 20 followers when I first started out, and I’ve been declined for ARCs and seen people with less followers than me be accepted for them. It’s weird. 😝

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  2. These are some great tips! I definitely noticed that my approval percentage went up after I added a photo, expanded the bio, and finished linking my relevant social media accounts. Actually got a surprise yesterday when I noticed that I was approved for a book I REALLY wanted the ARC of but my feedback ratio was lower than 80% at the time. Surprised I was approved but so very pleased.

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  3. Great tips! It’s so important to remember that…if we get approved for all the books, well, it quickly gets overwhelming so we need to have some self-control at times, even if it’s hard hahaha πŸ™‚ I don’t really get how this whole approval thing works sometimes, either – I have been approved for books and denied for some others and I’m not sure why, sometimes. I feel like some publishers just don’t like me, hahaha πŸ™‚ Anyway, fantastic tips here πŸ™‚

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  4. These are all so great πŸ™‚ I totally agree that you really shouldn’t be discouraged for not being approved (there are so many reasons your request might have been declined), and absolutely celebrate when you are approved. I’ve been using Net Galley for 3 or 3.5 years, and I still get ridiculously excited when I’m approved for anything (there might be awkward chair dancing involved). My number 1 tip would be to go to the publisher’s page and check their approval preferences before you request a book from them, to make sure you have any info they might be looking for on your profile.

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  5. It’s definitely a good idea not to request too many books at once, I did that when I first used netgalley because I was expecting not to be approved for many at all. It gets very overwhelming very quickly if you’re not careful, but Netgalley is such an amazing way to receive arc’s of books! Great post, I wish I’d have read something like this before I used Netgalley πŸ˜‚

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    1. Hey Nancy!

      I usually write the review for my blog and once I am happy with it, I will copy & paste it into the review field on the book’s page. That’s all I really do on there.

      Feedback is anything you give the publishers, both your review and the quick questions you answered about getting in contact with the author and if you would buy the book or not. You can also leave notes for the publishers – though I don’t really do that.

      And your feedback ratio is determined by how many books you’ve been approved for and how many books you’ve left feedback for.

      If you have any more questions (as I’m sure I left some stuff out), please let me know!

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  6. Ahaha I’ve been trying to regulate myself from Netgalley and requesting ALL THE DANG BOOKS and now I’ve only been requesting hyped/anticipated releases and I’M SO PROUD O’ MYSELF OKAY.

    Also I feel like EVERYONE ALWAYS says that you shouldn’t go too crazy when you use NG WHICH IS SOOOOO SOOOO TRUE. :’) I wish my smol naive self followed those rules.

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  7. Nice post!! When I first made my account I was looking online for advice and I never really found anything useful… But I agree, adding statistics helps a lot in my experience (views per month/total views). Also posting a link to your most recent book review also seems to have worked in my favour πŸ˜› With your bio you just want to keep it short and just show them via stats why they should give you an ARC, and mention where you would be posting your reviews. πŸ™‚

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    1. I feel like after I added a link to my reviews in particular instead of just our review index, it really helped me too! Gotta make it as easy and quick for publishers as possible!

      Exactly! I think at some point mine was more descriptive and then I saw what one publisher had listed as things they were looking at when considering someone and I just went off of that and edited mine to fit those specific criteria. I should probably add that I post my reviews to Goodreads too, but I feel like that might be obvioius since I have my profile listed in my bio with the follower number.

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  8. Very good tips…it would be too good if I had found it last week :D…I just discovered NetGalley and wasn’t sure if they’ll approve me something, requested a lot, surprisingly many of them approved me…Now my ratio is too low, which is making me guilty :/

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