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Challenge Wrap-up

Wow! Because of you, this was our best Challenge yet: over 7,800 members from 90 countries took the Challenge and officially earned the badge. And even more amazing: as a community, you submitted 20,000 reviews in just 12 days. We think that’s worth celebrating!

challenge_badge_130_pTogether, you all demonstrated to publishers and authors how vital and powerful the NetGalley community is when it comes to helping books succeed!

Let’s keep up the momentum! Learn how your book reviews and recommendations can influence a book’s success by watching our webcast. Plus, hear directly from a publisher how reviews have helped their books excel. #BookAdvocatesUnite

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And if you haven’t already, please tell us which new category you’d like to see added to NetGalley by taking this quick survey.

Visit the NetGalley blog often for interviews, tips, and to catch up on all the Challenge activities.

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Scavenger Hunt #2

Being the first to discover a new book is one of the greatest joys of a Book Advocate, so as part of the NetGalley Challenge, we’re hosting another special scavenger hunt. Starting at 10am EDT Tuesday, August 9th we will release a new clue right here every hour, on the hour, that will all lead you to a particular title on NetGalley.com. Once you’ve discovered the title, and have filled in the form below, you will be eligible to win an awesome prize from a publisher!

To be eligible for the prize, you must: The Scavenger Hunt has concluded – thanks for everyone who participated!
1) Share the NetGalley Challenge badge (available in your NetGalley account).
2) Watch our blog for clues, and as soon as you’ve discovered the title, fill out this form with the answer.
3) Keep the answer to yourself! We ask that the title remain a mystery to those who have not successfully deciphered the clues – this will help increase your chances of winning the prize!
*If you do reveal the answer on your blog, social media, etc. you will be disqualified from this and all other Challenge prize opportunities.

The scavenger hunt will end on Wednesday, August 10th at noon EDT. (On Friday, August 12th, we will notify 5 random entrants that they have won the sponsored prize!)

Clues:
#1: This author once wanted to be a soap opera star.
#2: This book is the first in a new series that will be launching a new publishing imprint.
#3: This author once interned at Elle magazine.
#4: This book made a cameo on a hit TV show!
#5: Last clue! The best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die said this is “A dark and twisty thriller which might just fill the Pretty Little Liars—shaped hole in my heart!”

And the answer to this week’s Scavenger Hunt is…
Continue reading “Scavenger Hunt 8.9.16”

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Scavenger Hunt

Being the first to discover a new book is one of the greatest joys of a Book Advocate, so as part of the NetGalley Challenge, we’re hosting a special scavenger hunt…Starting at 10am EDT today (Tuesday, August 2nd) we will release a new clue right here every hour, on the hour, that will lead you to a particular title on NetGalley.com. Once you’ve discovered the title, and have filled in the form below, you will be eligible to win an awesome prize from a publisher!

To be eligible for the prize, you must: The Scavenger Hunt has concluded – thanks for everyone who participated!

1) Share the NetGalley Challenge badge (available in your NetGalley account).
2) Watch our blog for new clues (revealed hourly).
3) Fill out this form with your answer.
4) Keep the answer to yourself! We ask that the title remain a mystery to those who have not successfully deciphered the clues – this will help increase your chances of winning the prize!
*If you do reveal the answer on your blog, social media, etc. you will be disqualified from this and all other Challenge prize opportunities.

On Wednesday, August 3rd, we will notify 1 grand prize winner, and 10 runners-up (who have correctly filled in the form, and have shared the Challenge badge) that they have won the sponsored prizes!

Clues:

#1: It all starts with the author, and this one is used to escaping into fantastic worlds, having worked as a freelance writer for tabletop games before turning to novels.
#2: Inspired by Journey to the West and traditional Chinese and Japanese lore, this book features fearsome dragons with amazing elemental powers.
#3: Talk about making a huge splash! This author and this book were a hit across the pond before wowing readers in the U.S.
#4: This series has drawn comparisons to Doctor Who and Harry Potter with its adventurous, timey-wimey plot.
#5: This story takes us to the heart of one of Italy’s most vibrant cities, known not only for its colorful masks but its stunning canals.
#6: Last clue! This is the second book in a series featuring librarians, spies, fae, and more.

And the answer to this week’s Scavenger Hunt is…
Continue reading “Scavenger Hunt 8.2.16”

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Do you love being the first to read new books? Do you take pride in recommending books to others?

Shout it from the rooftops and join us as we launch our 4th annual NetGalley Challenge!

2016challenge_badge_130_p This year’s Challenge focuses on your book recommendations, whether it be on your blog, retail sites, to your patrons or colleagues. To participate, just submit a new review (or share an existing review) before August 12. If you do, you will earn the official Challenge badge as a permanent addition to your NetGalley account.

That individual goal will be easy for many of you dedicated book advocates! But books are not just a solitary passion, and we love the magic that happens when our members collectively embrace a new author or a surprise breakout book.

That’s why we’re also challenging the entire NetGalley community to submit a total of 25,000 reviews in just two weeks. And because we’re just as devoted to providing meaningful input on new books, we’ve redesigned the Feedback section on the NetGalley site! Take a look, and together let’s demonstrate to publishers and authors how vital and powerful we are when it comes to helping books succeed.

Take the Challenge:

1) Sign in to submit or share a review to earn the badge (and see the new Feedback section!)

2) Watch our webcast (for review tips, insights into how your reviews helps books succeed, and some great book recommendations!)

3) Keep an eye on your dashboard, the NetGalley blog, Twitter & Facebook
for fun activities, resources, and chances to win prizes!

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Good luck & happy reviewing!
Tarah Theoret
Community Manager

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The 2015 NetGalley Challenge ended last week – thank you to the 7,400+ members who participated! Your input and enthusiasm directly influence the resources and activities that we create, which hopefully aid you in being Book Advocates.

In case you missed it, the 5-week Challenge was a blitz of activity and curated resources, such as the live webcast with review tips from experts, guest blog posts, Scavenger Hunts, and daily activities on Facebook and Twitter. You can catch up with the weekly recaps and activities here.

It’s been so rewarding and inspiring to see our dedicated community reinforce their love and support of books. THANK YOU and stay tuned for more good things to come!

Tarah Theoret
Community Manager, NetGalley

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Scavenger Hunt for Week #5!

For the last week of the NetGalley Challenge, we’re hosting another fun scavenger hunt! Starting at 10am EDT today (Tuesday, Sept. 1st) we will release a new clue right here every hour, on the hour, that will all lead you to a particular title on NetGalley.com. Once you’ve discovered the title, and have filled in the form below, you will be eligible to win an exciting prize from the publisher!

To be eligible for the prize, you must: The Scavenger Hunt has concluded – thanks for everyone who participated!
1) Share the NetGalley Challenge badge (available in your NetGalley account).
2) Watch our blog for clues, and as soon as you’ve discovered the title, fill out this form with the answer.
3) Keep the answer to yourself! We ask that the title remain a mystery to those who have not successfully deciphered the clues – this will help increase your chances of winning the prize!
*If you do reveal the answer on your blog, social media, etc. you will be disqualified from this and all other Challenge prize opportunities.

On Friday, September 4th, we will notify 5 random entrants (who have correctly filled in the form, and have shared the Challenge badge) that they have won the sponsored prize!

Clues:
#1: The plot of this book is very similar to this scavenger hunt.
#2: The main character of this book is looking for something omniscient.
#3: In an early review, the book was called “Just the ticket for fans of Unfortunate Events…”
#4: The book is designed like a Victorian storybook with lavish illustrations.
#5: For the final clue: The author worked for Archie Comics as the writer and artist of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

And the answer to this week’s Scavenger Hunt is…
Continue reading “Scavenger Hunt – Week #5”

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Activities and Resources for #BookAdvocates

WATCH: Last week’s webcast (if you haven’t already) for tips and insights when writing reviews.

MEET: A Bookseller Book Advocate (Lexi Beach from the Astoria Bookshop) in our first-ever Bookseller Spotlight! Discover how Lexi became a bookseller, what upcoming books she’s excited
about, and her tips for writing in-store recommendations.

DISCOVER: The Scavenger Hunt answer, and request it! If you missed the fun, watch for the next Scavenger Hunt (starting around 10am EDT on Tuesday) on our blog and Twitter. Plus, the winner’s of this week’s prize are listed!

READ: Tips from guest experts on our blog–updated throughout the Challenge.

Keep up the great work and happy reading!

Tarah Theoret
Community Manager, NetGalley

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Feedback, Beyond the Review

Did you know that as a NetGalley Member, you can submit other forms of Feedback, besides a review? Essentially any information that is relevant to the title and author can be submitted to the publisher, particularly in the Notes portion of the Feedback section. Submitting extra information will help you stay relevant and engaged with that publisher, and for some member types, where your primary objective isn’t to write a review (like making purchasing decisions, for example) this is where you will focus your time when communicating with the publisher.

Librarian
Did you purchase the title for your collection?
Are you including it as a book club or advisory board pick?
Are you holding an event where the title/author will be featured?
Did you nominate the title for LibraryReads?

Bookseller

Did you purchase the title for your inventory?
Are you including the title as a staff pick?
Did you nominate the title for this month’s Indie Next List?
Did you create any in-store display materials, such as a shelftalker or local author display?
Are you holding an event where the title/author will be featured?
Do you plan on hand-selling it?

Educator

Will you be incorporating the title in your lesson plans?
Are you going to adopt the title for your classroom library?
Are you interested in classroom materials created for the title?

Media

Are you including your review in a printed publication?
Are you interested or have already scheduled an interview with vthe author or editor?
Do you want to include the title in a themed or seasonal roundup?
Would you like more information, a final cover, or verify a quote?

Reviewer
(Including Bloggers!)

Are you interested or have already scheduled an interview with vthe author?
Are you interested in joining or perhaps you already joined the blog tour?
Are you using the title or author in any way that the vpublisher would be interested in?
Would you like to verify a quote and/or the final cover?

For more Feedback tips and suggestions for writing reviews, watch our recent webcast, and read our Recipes for Success articles!

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Review Tips and Preferences, From the Publisher’s Perspective

Jessica Brock is an Associate Publicist at Berkley/NAL and has provided us with some great tips to keep in mind when writing reviews & for your NetGalley profile. Jessica also joined us during our live-webcast (which you can watch here) to speak directly to our members, expand on her suggestions below, & give us a sneak peek at Berkley/NAL’s top Fall titles! Berkley_logo1

Keep your profile current with links to your blog and social media accounts:
We really prefer reviewers with multiple platforms, so that the reviews are reaching a wider audience.

The most relevant information should be at the top of your profile:
What is most relevant is your blog stats (hits, followers, page views per month etc.) followed by genre preferences/favorite authors, which is all great information to have upfront. If you keep all of the relevant information towards the top of your bio, then your request may be approved more quickly. All things to keep in mind when building and updating your profile.

Reviews on NetGalley:
Constructive and thoughtful:
Comments like “omg this was so good!” are fine, but tell me why you liked the book and what you enjoyed about it. If it wasn’t your cup of tea, then thoughtfully explain why. This is very relevant information to have, and we want to know what our readers are thinking and what is being said about the book – good or bad, that is thoughtful, and covers multiple points.

Try and have an “overall thoughts” part or pull quote at the top:
Try to give us an overall idea of your review and your general takeaway of the book. It could be something like “This is my new favorite hero – he so loyal and I will follow him for the rest of the series.” Then, when we pin your review to the page on NetGalley (super helpful!) readers will see this first and think “oh, this person really liked the main character” “or this sounds like something I would be interested in.”

Link to the review on your blog:
It is very helpful for publishers to include the link to where the review will appear publicly when you submit your review. It’s good to get a sense of where else the review is posted elsewhere.

Click here to watch the full webcast, where Jessica is joined by other review experts & read our other informational Recipes for Success articles!

To connect with Jessica and Berkley/NAL visit their Publisher page on NetGalley, and their Twitter: @BerkleyRomance (romance titles), @BerkleyNAL (general fiction/women’s fiction/thrillers/non-fiction), @AceRocBooks (sci-fi/fantasy/urban fantasy)

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Review Tips, From the Librarian Perspective

We’re happy to welcome Amanda Buschmann, a Middle School Librarian and reviewer for School Library Journal. Amanda has provided tips for writing reviews, which were also included in our live-webcast (which you can watch here). Read on for her tip 5 tips!

Organize
Briefly sketch out an outline before you begin. A helpful review is one that is organized; begin with an eye-catching introduction that entices and intrigues. A quote, a statement of the narrative situation, and your “thesis” lead the way.

Share
Summarize the plot, sure, but spend most of the review discussing your personal commentary. What did you like/dislike, and why? What makes this book different than others of its ilk?

Insert
Quotes are helpful and give the potential reader an idea of the verbiage–something you found interesting, something that confused you, a cool line that makes you pause.

Entice
Identify a theme/key idea and introduce it to entice the reader. Does the book touch on whether or not it’s morally acceptable to terraform another planet, or covet your friend’s promotion, or so on? Discuss it without spoiling the “answer”!

Recommend
Include “If you like this, then you’d like…” recommendations, as well as recommendations on age group (if applicable) and applications.

Click here to watch the full webcast, where Amanda is joined by other review experts & read our other informational Recipes for Success articles!

To connect with Amanda, follow @thegoodread on twitter. 

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