News from NetGalley

London Book Fair Recap, 2017

The sun shone brightly through the glass domes of Olympia last week, as the London Book Fair came to town. The weather was for once fresh and clear, but the general atmosphere seemed more changeable. While some publishers and agents were reporting enthusiastic offers and exciting auctions; others seemed more cautious, perhaps in light of Brexit and other market conditions. Overall it felt slightly less busy around the halls, but the buzz was still palpable.

London Book Fair is conducted in seven sections, each notionally devoted to different aspects of the publishing industry– trade, academic, tech support, remaindered books, etc – and seeing the sheer breadth of what is available is staggering. Whether you’re a new digital start up, an author wandering the halls trying to get publishers to buy his book, an auction being conducted for a hot debut, or a business meeting about meta-data provision, all publishing life seems to be there. It’s no wonder that everyone looks exhausted by Thursday afternoon.

At NetGalley, we love attending LBF – we’re lucky that we interact with so many publishers from so many different territories, and it was great to be able to catch up with so many of them. We also met with some new publishers, who hopefully will be joining us soon. But the Fair is more than just a series of meetings.

We also had some time to attend some of the many, many seminars and lectures that took place over the three days. Particularly of interest was the panel on the visual language of publishing. We learned a lot, especially from literary agent and former Marketing Manager of Foyle’s Bookshop, Julia Kingsford. Her top tips for social media were very instructive – you can read them here – but our favourite was this: always post your images and photos in landscape not portrait. That way everyone can see the full image, and there is less awkward cropping of the image!

As ever though, the best thing about the fair was hearing about all the books that will in around eighteen months (or even sooner) be finding their way on to NetGalley. We were most excited to hear that there’ll be a new Eleanor Catton novel, the first non-fiction book from Jarvis Cocker, and we’re already intrigued about the new Swedish crime sensation In The Mire by Susanne Jansson. We can’t wait for you to read them!

P.S. We look forward to doing it all over again at BookExpo & BookCon in NYC (June 1-4, booth #2015). Hopefully we will see you there!

Divider
News from NetGalley

NetGalley seeking Bilingual (Spanish) Community Assistant

 

Are you passionate about interacting with a community of book advocates, and to help build pre-publication buzz for new books? NetGalley is looking for a full-time Bilingual (Spanish) Community Assistant. Find out more about NetGalley at www.netgalley.com.

This position reports to NetGalley’s Community Manager and includes handling social media, content creation, and customer support, as well as assisting with administrative tasks and scheduling.

The ideal candidate has outstanding communication and interpersonal skills; is enthusiastic, professional, extremely organized, and highly detail-oriented; and is adept at prioritization, juggling multiple tasks, and meeting deadlines. Familiarity with NetGalley is strongly preferred; otherwise candidate must be digital-savvy with an understanding of current reading devices (and always willing to learn). A moderate knowledge of the publishing industry and book publicity/marketing is expected, while hands-on experience working in a book marketing position is strongly preferred. The perfect candidate will have a knack for creating public-facing content and be comfortable representing the company’s voice and values online and potentially in-person. The candidate must be bilingual to potentially handle Spanish-language support and communications with our community.

The NetGalley team is virtual, but we work on an East Coast schedule and many of us are based around NYC. This employee will need a home office and to be able to work very effectively in an independent setting. There will be occasional travel to team meetings.

Required Skills:

  • 2+ years of professional marketing/publicity experience, especially related to books.
  • Proficiency with social media platforms, including strong instincts and keen understanding of when and how best to engage with community.
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills.
  • Professional working fluency in Spanish language.
  • Successful at identifying potential social campaigns.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Consistent at meeting deadlines within a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to work and manage your time independently.
  • Comfortable working with a virtual team.
  • A fan of reading digitally and interested in the overall book publishing industry a plus.

We’d appreciate:

  • Familiarity with the NetGalley site and concept.
  • Publishing or other book-industry background or education.
  • Experience using WordPress, Smartsheet, and all social platforms.
  • Basic technical skills (HTML and any design experience a plus).

Advantages:

  • Medical and dental benefits, as well as paid vacation
  • Work from your home office
  • Work with a group of truly amazing and creative people!

How to apply:
Please use this online form to submit your cover letter and resume. We look forward to hearing from you!

Divider
News from NetGalley

Thank you! There’s no denying it, your dedication and enthusiasm for reading and recommending is what helps books succeed, and this week is a perfect time to recognize that. 

Here’s a taste of the impact you’ve had: by the end of 2016, over 2 million books will be read through NetGalley, with close to 500,000 reviews submitted! You have helped place great books in stores, schools and libraries around the world. And most importantly, book influencers like you have helped readers discover new books, fall in love with spell-binding stories, learn about a timely or relevant topic, and become lifelong fans of new authors.

In the spirit of sharing gratitude, we’re also continuing our annual tradition of thanking the publishers who make all this possible.

Be a part of our tradition…

 

Please join us in thanking the publishers who use digital galleys to give you early access to their books. Post a message on our Facebook or Twitter using #thankspublishers, and we’ll collect and share each “thank you” with them on your behalf.

PS: We at NetGalley feel so fortunate to get immediate input from our members when we ask for it. As a direct result of the survey you answered a few months ago, we’ve added three new categories: Historical Fiction, Multicultural Interest, and True Crime. Start browsing now, and make sure to update your Profile (under Your Categories) if you’d like to be one of the first to get our newsletters for those genres.

We are grateful to have a dedicated community of Book Advocates who love reading and recommending – you truly help books succeed!

All best,
Tarah Theoret
Community Manager

Divider
News from NetGalley

We are so excited to announce new categories now available to browse on NetGalley… and it’s all because of you! We received over 1,500 responses to our Category Survey during the NetGalley Challenge, and the results were loud and clear. Your input was so helpful that we decided to add not just one new category, but three! The categories you wanted most are: Historical Fiction, True Crime, and Multicultural Interest.

Start browsing now, and make sure to add these to Your Categories if you’d like to be one of the first to get our newsletters for those genres.

Three easy ways:

  • Go to the category page and click the heart icon (“Add to My Categories”)
  • Go to your Dashboard and select “Add or Change Your Categories”
  • Go to your Profile and under “Reading Preferences” press the Edit button.

 

Thanks again for your feedback, and we hope these new
additions are helpful in finding your next read!

Divider
News from NetGalley

CBA and NetGalley Announce New Partnership and Member Benefit Program

CBA, the leading association for providers of Christian products, and NetGalley today announced a joint initiative to give Christian retailers quicker and wider access to digital galleys of forthcoming books from over 20 Christian publishers –including HarperCollins Christian, B&H Publishing, Baker Books, Barbour Publishing, David C Cook, and many more.

By adding their CCBA_logoBA member ID to their NetGalley profile, Christian retailers receive a prominent CBA badge that will allow publishers to identify them as key influencers. Publishers can then approve requests for review copies more quickly, add CBA members to their auto-approved lists for access to all new books, and invite them to review new books first.

“This partnership will help Christian retailers remain competitive by giving individual employees within Christian retail establishments fastest and earliest access to new books,” said Curtis Riskey, President, CBA. “Of course many stores receive print galleys, but digital review copies give booksellers an additional format for reading; provide copies for more employees within the store; and give retailers access to a wider array of books. We are pleased to be working with NetGalley to ensure that CBA members are prominently recognized.”

Fran Toolan, NetGalley’s CEO, added, “Often physical galleys are available in limited quantity or for top titles only. This partnership will help individual retailers within CBA stores access more books earlier, improving their recommendations and purchasing decisions for the store. We look forward to helping CBA members sign up for the service and look forward to expanding this partnership in future.”

NetGalley has long had similar programs in partnership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA), American Library Association (ALA) and the Booksellers Association (BA) in the UK, and NetGalley offers an ongoing discount to publishers who are members of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). Professional readers – reviewers, bloggers, media, librarians, booksellers, and educators – can register for free at www.netgalley.com to request titles, or be invited to view titles directly by publishers. There are over 320,000 NetGalley members worldwide.

Divider
News from NetGalley

NetGalley is proud to announce two new initiatives that will benefit librarians in Australia!

 

Members of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) can now validate their ALIA ID numbers within their NetGalley profiles. Once you add your number you will receive an ALIA badge that publishers will see when you request their titles. This will help you access proofs even faster because publishers can rely on the badge to approve requests, auto-approve librarians and even feature your reviews on NetGalley. Learn how to add your number today!ALIA_logo

Librarians can now recommend books to patrons and fellow librarians on a national scale by nominating titles for Librarians’ Choice monthly lists! You can nominate right from the Feedback section for any title published in Australia, and then NetGalley will collect nominations monthly, and submit them to Librarians’ Choice for consideration. Learn more about nominating for Librarians’ Choice!

LCGoldHeartBKText2

Divider
News from NetGalley

London Book Fair Recap, 2016

The largely crisp and clear sunshine that illuminated the vast windowed ceilings of the London Book Fair at Olympia rather summed up the atmosphere of cautious optimism pervading the vast halls. Coming on the back of confirmation that there had been a rise in print book sales in the first quarter of 2016, it was time for confidence and in many cases, champagne.

Cf1lD3hXIAAF0aG.jpg large

Traditionally, the London Book Fair has been very much a trade event, with the focus on traditional publishers doing the deals which will become the big books over the next couple of years. Several of these were prominently reported, with the most talked-out being Chloé Esposito’s Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know trilogy – about an identical twin who takes over her sister’s more exciting life – which was sold to 12 territories for a reported £2million.

However, the fair remains home to all kinds of publishers and publishing, meaning that there were lots of informative and interesting seminars on all aspects of the writing life, as well as authors such as Julian Fellows, Judith Kerr, Howard Jacobson and Jeanette Winterson talking about their work. Independent authors were well catered for, and one enterprising publisher even had talent scouts wandering the halls on the lookout for authors who might just be the next big thing.

For NetGalley, it was similarly busy, with the highlight being the launch of NetGalley Global, celebrating our sites in English, French and German. It was great to meet with our existing clients and members alike, and as the fair wrapped up on Thursday we were all a little tired, but all very upbeat. We look forward to doing it all over again at BEA in Chicago (May 11-13, booth #DZ759). Hopefully we will see you there!

Divider
News from NetGalley

Hallo Deutschland!

(scroll down for English)

„Wer liest genießt ein schönes Hobby.”, dieser Meinung sind 79,2% der Deutschen*. Auch in Deutschland gibt es aber Menschen, für die das Lesen nicht nur Hobby und Leidenschaft ist, sondern auch Beruf. Journalisten, Buchblogger, Bibliothekare, Buchhändler und Lehrende sind professionelle Leser mit einer wichtigen Aufgabe: Das Weiterempfehlen von Büchern an ihre eigenen Leser, Schüler, Bibliotheksbesucher und Kunden. Ihre Meinung zählt und wird gehört – und sorgt dafür, dass Leser in Deutschland spannende neue Bücher entdecken und noch mehr Freude an ihrem Hobby haben. Für diese professionellen Leser aus Deutschland haben wir jetzt ganz besondere Neuigkeiten: www.netgalley.de ist da!
Pünktlich zur Leipziger Buchmesse feiern wir den Deutschland-Start der Plattform – und Leser und Verlage aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz sind herzlich dazu eingeladen.

Große Freude bei deutschsprachigen Lesern

Dass nicht nur wir den Start von NetGalley.de großartig finden, zeigte die große Freude, als wir die Neuigkeit über @NetGallyeDE auf Twitter verkündet haben.
NGDE tweetsUnter den 300.000 Mitgliedern aus der ganzen Welt, die täglich digitale Leseexemplare unmittelbar über NetGalley beziehen und ihr Feedback direkt an die Verlage zurückspielen, sind schon jetzt viele deutschsprachige Leser. Ihnen steht auf netgalley.de ab sofort nicht nur ein deutsches NetGalley zur Verfügung, sondern auch aktuelle Titel deutschsprachiger Verlagen, die sie vor Erscheinungstermin lesen, rezensieren und kommentieren können.
Wer bereits einen Account auf netgalley.com hat, meldet sich einfach mit den gleichen Anmeldedaten auf netgalley.de an. Und alle anderen neugierig gewordenen professionellen Leser registrieren sich hier kostenlos.

Die ersten Bücher sind schon da

Die Beta-Version der neuen Seite ist mittlerweile online verfügbar und mit den ersten Büchern gefüllt: Mit dabei sind die lang erwarteten neuen Titel von Guillaume Musso und Fredrik T. Olsson, die im Laufe diesen Jahres erscheinen werden, aber auch bekannte deutsche Bestseller-Autoren wie Nele Neuhaus und Oliver Pötzsch. Und neben Jugendbüchern – u.a. „Opposition”, dem Nachfolger des riesen Erfolgs „Obsidian” von Jennifer L. Armentrout – stehen natürlich auch Sachbücher wie die Janosch-Biographie von Angela Bajorek oder der politisch hochaktuelle Titel „Putins verdeckter Krieg” von Boris Reitschuster auf NetGalley.de. Hinzu kommen einige englischsprachige Titel, die vom Verlag speziell für deutsche Leser gedacht sind. Anfragen für die jeweiligen Leseexemplare können direkt von der Titel-Seite aus versendet werden.

Vierundzwanzig Stunden  Das Netz  Die Lebenden und die Toten  Die Henkerstochter und das Spiel des Todes
Opposition   Wer fast nichts braucht, hat alles   Putins verdeckter Krieg       

Nachdem NetGalley.de mit einer kleinen Titel-Auswahl gestartet ist, werden sich in den nächsten Wochen und Monaten kontinuierlich weitere Novitäten und Verlage dazugesellen. Also schauen sie rein, es lohnt sich!

Wir freuen uns darauf, mit NetGalley Deutschland von jetzt an auch deutschsprachige Blogger, Journalisten, Buchhändler, Bibliothekare und Lehrende bei ihrer wichtigen Aufgabe zu unterstützen und ihre Zusammenarbeit mit den Verlagen einfacher, effektiver und so angenehm wie möglich gestalten. Gemeinsam machen wir uns für das Lesen stark!

*laut des Statistik-Portals Statista

Hello, Germany!

“Those who read enjoy a wonderful hobby”, that’s what 79% of Germany thinks*. For some, of course, reading is not only a hobby, it’s part of their profession. Journalists, Bloggers, Librarians, Booksellers and Educators are professional readers with an important task: to recommend books to other readers, to people buying books, patrons at the library or their students. Their recommendations help readers discover and purchase new books so they can enjoy their hobby even more.

For all the professional readers in Germany, we now have some exciting news: www.netgalley.de is here! Just in time for Leipziger Buchmesse (one of two very large book fairs in Germany), we are celebrating the launch of our German site with readers and publishers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

There are currently 300,000+ members worldwide who read, review and recommend upcoming books through NetGalley, some of which are already in Germany or review German-language books . Now they will not only be able to use a German NetGalley site, but also have quick and easy access to new titles from German authors and publishers, and they can share their feedback directly.

Everybody who already has an account on netgalley.com can sign in with the same login and password for netgalley.de. And those professional readers who are not yet members, you can register for free here.

The first books are already available

The beta site is live and the first books are waiting for requests: Among them are the long awaited new titles by Guillaume Musso and and Fredrik T. Olsson, which will be released in Germany this year, as well as German bestselling authors Nele Neuhaus and Oliver Pötzsch. Books for young readers are Opposition, the sequel of famous Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout – members will also find non-fiction books like the biography of Janosch by Angela Bajorek and the politically relevant title Putins verdeckter Krieg on netgalley.de. In addition to that, some English titles meant especially for German readers will also be available.

Vierundzwanzig Stunden   Das Netz   Die Lebenden und die Toten   Die Henkerstochter und das Spiel des Todes
Opposition  
Wer fast nichts braucht, hat alles   Putins verdeckter Krieg

After netgalley.de starts with this great selection of titles, many upcoming books and known publishers will follow within the next weeks and months. So check back regularly for new books to request!

We are very much looking forward to working with German bloggers, librarians, the media, educators, booksellers, and publishers. Together, we help books succeed!

*according to this survey

Divider
News from NetGalley

NetGalley seeking part-time enthusiastic, bookish, detail-oriented Sales Assistant!

Are you excited to help build pre-publication buzz for new books? Are you dedicated to excellent customer service? NetGalley is looking for a part-time Sales Assistant to help facilitate client acquisitions, and assist with general customer support and inquiries. Find out more about NetGalley at www.netgalley.com.

This position reports to NetGalley’s International Account Director and has responsibility for responding to sales and support inquiries, and assisting with administrative tasks.

The ideal candidate has outstanding communication and interpersonal skills; is enthusiastic, professional, extremely organized, and highly detail-oriented; and is adept at prioritization, and juggling multiple tasks. Familiarity with NetGalley is strongly preferred; otherwise candidate must be web-savvy with an understanding of current reading devices (and always willing to learn). A moderate knowledge of the publishing industry and book publicity/marketing is expected, while hands-on experience working in a sales or support capacity in any industry is strongly preferred. The perfect candidate is a motivated self-starter, in addition.

The NetGalley team is virtual, but most of our employees and clients are based in the NYC metro area, so working hours for this position are on East Coast time. We’re looking for someone available to start immediately, and work 20 hours a week (to start, with potential for more hours in the future).

This position is entry-level and for “doers” only, but provides a lot of potential to try new tasks, contribute your ideas and make your mark.
Continue reading “NetGalley seeking part-time Sales Assistant”

Divider
News from NetGalley

An out-of-this-world shortlist for the
British Science Fiction Association Awards

The shortlist for the 2015 British Science Fiction Association Novel of the Year Award has now been announced, and we’re giving NetGalley members the opportunity to wish for these five superb books. Just click on the jacket – and hopefully your wish will come true!

The BSFA awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon. They are fan awards that not only seek to honour the most worthy examples in each category, but to promote the genre of science fiction, and get people reading, talking about and enjoying all that contemporary science fiction has to offer.

So even if you don’t regularly read SF, do take a look at these titles – they will take you to the stars!

 

Europe at Midnight, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)

A stabbing on a London bus pitches intelligence officer Jim into a world in which his intelligence service is preparing for war with another universe, and a strange man holds the key to unlocking Europe’s most jealously guarded secret . . .

Glorious Angels, Justina Robson (Gollancz)

On a luminous world where science and magic are hard to tell apart, a stranger arrives in a remote town with news of impending political turmoil. It is a message that changes everything for one young woman, who learns  she must free herself from the role she has accepted . . .

The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz)

In the aftermath of the Great Magicians War, the once great house of Silverspires seeks salvation through three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen, an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East . . .

Luna: New Moon, Ian McDonald (Gollancz)

Luna is a gripping thriller about five corporate families caught in a bitter battle for supremacy in the harsh environment of the moon. It’s very easy to die on the moon – but with its vast mineral wealth it is also easy to make your fortune.

Mother of Eden, Chris Beckett (Crown Publishing)

Just a few generations ago, the planet’s five hundred inhabitants huddled together in the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees, afraid to venture out into the cold darkness around them. But for Starlight Brooking, a dangerous and powerful life beyond the trees awaits . . .

Divider