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Subject: Open this Bookish Email (Please)
Susan Ruszala, NetGalley President

I spend an alarming amount of time thinking about how to get readers recommending new books on NetGalley. And probably an equally alarming amount of time as a book consumer: weekly library trips, purchasing books of all formats and genres, from all kinds of outlets, reading book reviews, joining book clubs…the list goes on. As a result, I receive a TRULY alarming number of emails advertising books.

This week we conducted an informal study on book-related email subject lines. Over the course of 4 days,  I received nearly 100 emails advertising books and made a few fascinating observations. What makes you open emails?

1. Most people who receive your emails have a calendar. There are some times when it’s important to include a date. I get it, and we do it, too. But I get these same emails every week. Unless there’s some connection between the date and the content you’re trying to sell me, this idea goes stale pretty quickly. Just saying.
Today is so Boring

Weekly Interesting Reads
Saturday Ebook Newsletter
Your perks/deal/etc for Monday (and Tuesday, and Wednesday, and Thursday….)
Look at this week’s books from [company]
[Company] Weekly Update, March 10, 2014
Have a terrific Tuesday with these books | Celebrate Wednesday | Get ready for Saturday (every week I get this collection!)
Book matches for March 11; March 12; March 13
Weekly Book Newsletter No. XXXX
March Newsletter
Friday Free Books….

P.S. Keep in mind that dates are displayed differently throughout the world: I got one email this week with a date of 10/3/14: they meant March 10, but I read October 3. And if you’re in the US and sending an email to anyone in Australia, your Tuesday newsletter might actually arrive on Wednesday.
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New to NetGalley: Recommend books to your friends via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Each day NetGalley collects thousands of pieces of feedback about new titles, as members share star ratings, reviews, links, notes and recommendation plans through the site. Your feedback is essential to the commercial success of the books listed on our site—-and as professional readers, your recommendations matter a great deal when individuals decide what to read next.


Today we’re introducing a new feature so NetGalley members can additionally share their Feedback with their social networks, via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. It’s easy and you can share your reviews all the books you have access to on NetGalley. You can log in right now to try this out with Feedback you’ve already sent, or with new Feedback.

When you share via NetGalley, your contacts will have the opportunity to view your comments on a private landing page which includes title information as well as standard inks to purchase the title from major book retailers.  Here are complete directions on how to share via NetGalley, as well as visuals of the whole process. Take a look!

Sharing isn’t required, of course, but we think you’ll like how easy it is to pass along your recommendations as you share Feedback with the publisher. After all, who doesn’t want to tell someone when they’ve read something amazing?

(Note: NetGalley has no access to your social network information or contacts. This new feature simply makes it very easy for you to share Feedback widely, when you’ve already chosen to do so via NetGalley. You can always include links to your reviews on your blog or website, as part of the Feedback for the title.)

More Ways to Discover Titles on NetGalley


We’ve added a new “Featured” category when you are browsing for titles on NetGalley. This new category is limited to 15 titles per week, specially selected by NetGalley and the publishers and authors we work with. You’ll often see a theme in the titles selected for this category, too. Click here to see which titles are Featured first.


And you will also notice new region preferences on titles available for request. Region preferences make it much easier for you to select titles you’re likely to be approved for, because they are being published in your geographic region.

Finally, we’ve added a link to our Help pages within your reader account. Look for the “Help” link at the top of your account, when you login.

Discover books that Indie Booksellers Love

Buzz Book

Did you know that the majority of titles selected for the Indie Next list are available on NetGalley? Here is the March list.

We announced a new program for US indie booksellers, in partnership with the American Booksellers Association. Your Digital White Box will be delivered to you via email once a month, starting in February 2014. If you are an ABA member, sign up today!

Finally, get a head start on the biggest Spring titles by downloading the Publishers Lunch Buzz Book, now available on NetGalley to READ NOW. This is a unique volume of excerpts from many of the biggest books of the upcoming season.

News from NetGalley

All of us at NetGalley wish you the very happiest of holidays, and we look forward to sharing great reads with you in the new year! As we come to the close of 2013, we like to look back and see how far we’ve come in the last 365 days. This year, we again saw extraordinary growth, activity, and support from our readers and publishers—and as always, we’re so grateful. Take a peek at some fun facts in our infographic below, and then chime in!

What stat do you find most interesting? What burning question do you have about NetGalley? Did you keep any of your own reading/recommending stats this year that you’d like to share with us? We’d love to see your comments below, or via Twitter #NGextras

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Kristina Radke, NetGalley’s Publisher Liaison and Communications Manager, spoke on a panel to a group of AAR members about protecting authors’ content in a digital age.

Last week I joined Lance Fitzgerald, Rights Director at Simon & Schuster, and Skott Klebe of Copyright Clearance Center to discuss how authors’ content can be protected at every stage of the publishing process, from the initial agents’ inquiries all the way through publication. Moderated by Jennifer Weltz of JVNLA, Inc. the panel proved to be a lively discussion.

I was asked to share an overview of how NetGalley helps publishers and authors protect their content, while still enabling them to share digital files with readers who may need the text. Whether used to share galleys with professional readers to help build buzz about a title, disseminate a title for wide reading in-house, or to pitch foreign rights, publishers are using NetGalley to securely send digital files and easily track who has had access to a particular file.

Often, agents are contractually allowed a certain number of printed galleys for their own use for translations, foreign rights sales, or their own publicity efforts. With NetGalley, publishers can quickly and easily grant agents access to a NetGalley widget, which would allow them to securely share digital files with their own trusted contacts. Digital galleys offer agents an opportunity to cut down on mailing costs and speed delivery of content.

NetGalley respects our clients’ right to protect their content and allows clients to select what type of security they want to place on their files. But beyond DRM, NetGalley clients are able to closely track who has had access to their files, giving publishers and authors the ability to report on the success of their campaigns.

Other topics that audience members were interested in discussing included concerns about torrent sites, publishers’ internal security and tracking of illegal files, take down notices and how they work, and technical aspects of file security. Lance spoke quite a bit about his own experience working in-house to sell foreign rights using digital files and the procedures S&S has in place for identifying illegal content and sending take-down notices.

Skott spoke at length about the questions agents should be asking of publishers—what sort of file transfer processes are in place, whether they actively search for illegal content online, etc.—and how the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) affects these concerns.

Thank you, Jennifer, for inviting me to participate and recognizing NetGalley’s important role in helping the industry quickly and easily share secure digital files.

Visit for more information about the Association of Authors Representatives and this panel.

-Kristina Radke

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NetGalley Goes to Hollywood

Lindsey Rudnickas, NetGalley’s Digital Marketing Manager, had the opportunity to speak at last week’s HOLLYWOOD LIT RETREAT to a packed crowd of film/TV producers, authors, screenwriters, studio execs, media capitalists, production & media companies, and technologists. Her topic was “Book Buzz & Discoverability in the Future of Storytelling” and here is a transcript of her talk:

I want tell you a story about a really great party…

Think about the last time you decided which book to read next.

Were you in a Library? Or a bookstore? Reading the book reviews in a newspaper? On your computer, reading a blog or article?

Or maybe you were at a dinner party where a friend mentioned the book they just finished. Why is it that when a friend recommends a book, you’re more inclined to read it and love it? Why is it that certain forms of book discovery are more powerful than others?

We’re all more inclined to try something only after someone else has tried it first, and readers are the same way. And many of us have that drive to be the FIRST—we want to be part of IT, part of the MOMENT when the next big book becomes a big deal. Think about how many people love to say they read Harry Potter or 50 Shades of Grey before it became a success! We all want to be part of the party, and we want to bring our friends to the party. We want to discover something that moves us, and help our friends be moved by it too.
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Tell Me More: NetGalley Announces New Features for Readers
—Susan Ruszala, President, NetGalley

Today we announced another new set of features for NetGalley members. If we were in the habit of naming our releases (we’re not, sadly), I’d call this one “Tell Me More,” since it’s all about improving how readers communicate with publishers about how they recommend books.

First, we’ve redesigned your Profile page, top to bottom, making it easier to complete and update the information publishers see when you request a title. Do you know that there are now over 150,000 NetGalley members, who request titles over 40,000 times per week? Your Profile is the most important tool you have for telling publishers how you recommend new books, so that they can approve requests. We have tons of resources to help you improve your Profile, starting here.

Publishers rely on your Feedback, too, to better promote and sell their books. We know that for many member types, like librarians or booksellers (who represent just over 20% of our overall community), their purpose in using NetGalley is to better consider titles for purchase, not for review. This is why we have introduced new types of feedback to the site, including star ratings, notes, and information about a member’s intent to purchase or recommend a title. The goal is to give members the chance to share feedback relevant to their specific member type. This will be in addition to the reviews you’ve always been able to share.
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New changes at NetGalley help better connect you to books you’ll love
—Susan Ruszala, President, NetGalley

Have you noticed anything new when you login to NetGalley? We made a series of changes to the site last week designed to make it even easier for readers to browse, request, organize and provide feedback on titles they are reading through NetGalley.

When you next Browse the NetGalley catalog to view titles available for request from our publishers, you’ll see we’ve added two new links. READ NOW titles can be immediately accessed by a member—-so if you’re new to NetGalley, or new to professional reading and recommending, this is a great place to start. Many of our publishers list their titles there for a limited time (sometimes just a day or two), so think of this as a surprise bucket of new books just waiting for you.

And, if you are auto-approved by a publisher, you’ll see a new link for “Auto-approvals” when you Browse. When a publisher auto-approves you, you can automatically access any of their titles available in the catalog. This section is like your own customized catalog—-and is only visible to you, when you sign in.
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The View from the UK

Everyone at NetGalley is delighted to be partnering with Fiction Uncovered, the nationwide promotion for novelists you might have heard about, but never quite got around to reading. It’s a promotion that’s very close to my heart, and one that I think showcases the huge abundance of talent in the UK that doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves.

My picks from the list are Black Bread, White Beer by Niven Govinden, All the Beggars Riding by Lucy Caldwell, The Heart Broke In by James Meek,  and The Village by Nikita Lalwani.

Niven Govinden is the one of the best British writers currently at work. Because of Black Bread,White Beer’s slenderness (it’s not a long novel!) it has been compared to Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, but for me this has more in common with the great North American writers Philip Roth, John Cheever and Alice Munro. A tale of a marriage in crisis after a tragedy, it is one of the most beautiful, affecting and harrowing novels you’ll read all year.

James Meek is best known for his Russia-set novel The People’s Act of Love. His new novel, The Heart Broke In, is a departure from the historical, violent epic – it’s an old-fashioned story of modern times, a rich, ambitious family drama of love, death and money in the era of gene therapy and Internet blackmail. It’s a page-turner that also makes you think.

The same could be said for Lucy Caldwell’s All the Beggars Riding, which I know will hold you captivated from the first page. Nikita Lalawani has also, in The Village  written a very clever, very affecting follow-up to her brilliant Gifted. Do support these titles!

With so many forthcoming novels coming every day to NetGalley, you can start planning which new titles you should be reviewing for summer. Wreaking by James Scudamore is my big tip for prizes this year – a terrifying story of madness, solitude and secrets.  And if you fancy a big thriller, do check out Tim Weaver’s Never Coming Back Never Coming Back. It’s the fourth of his David Raker novels and well worth discovering.

Well, that’s it for this month. I’ll be back next month with a look ahead to the big autumn books!

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NetGalley at the ECPA Leadership Summit

Conference season is upon us! This week I will be at the ECPA Leadership Summit* for Christian publishers, in Nashville. I’m very excited to be meeting with some of the NetGalley publishers during the ECPA Leadership Summit this week and attending the 2013 Christian Book Awards.

Are you already reading in this genre? Check out the NetGalley catalog for Christian romance, mystery, teen/YA, and non-fiction. And please let us know if you read any of these Christian Book Awards finalists on NetGalley in the comments below.

We’re pleased to have a partnership with the ECPA and work with many of their publishers, including Moody PublishersWorthy Publishing, and Concordia Publishing House! Did you see these titles on our homepage this week? Click through for more information and to request.

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London Book Fair – NetGalley Recap

The London International Book Fair is one of the key events in the literary world; the whole world converging on Earls Court in the South West of the capital to sell rights, seal reputations and look into the future of publishing and books. Naturally, NetGalley was there to meet members and clients both – as well as get the inside track on what’s new.

Stuart at LBF

The NetGalley stand was right at the heart of the Digital Zone – once a niche area within the vast aircraft hangar space of Earls Court, but now probably the most vibrant, diverse and popular destination at the fair. Situated next to the AuthorZone lecture theatre – co-sponsored by NetGalley publisher Troubador – we were lucky to hear a series of fascinating discussions and talks about how writers can thrive in the digital age. Many independent publishers and authors stopped off to speak with us on their way back from the stage – which was hugely interesting.

Among the personal highlights were catching up with new and old publishers and members of NetGalley. We especially enjoyed meeting Georgia and Samuel from – and you can check out their blog about the fair here. Most excitingly of all was the news that several UK publishers confirmed at the fair that they will soon be joining NetGalley. We can’t tell you who they are yet, but we’ll be sure to announce it just as soon as we can!

Next month it’s the turn of New York to play host to the literary world at Book Expo America. Please do stop by Booth #DZ1774 and say hello to Kristina, Susan, Lindsey and Tarah!

If you’re a blogger attending BEA or the Book Bloggers Conference, don’t miss out out on the NetGalley Wellness Challenge!

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