Guest Post: The In’s and Out’s of NetGalley

I’m happy to welcome Lili, Children’s Publicity Intern at Bloomsbury USA and a blogger, as our guest writer today. Lili has been documenting her internship experiences in publishing in her Intern Diaries series and recently reflected on the NetGalley approval process from a publisher’s point of view. At NetGalley, we’re always looking for new ways to help our members improve their chances of being approved, and becoming better recommenders. Keep reading to find out more about what publishers look for in NetGalley profiles, and hopefully you’ll take away a tip or two!

The below post originally appeared on Lili’s Reflections in her Intern Diaries series.
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After my first internship at a literary agency, I put together a free-flowing post about what I learned. Well, now that I am at Bloomsbury, I want to do the same thing as I go, but share it with my readers since I’m quickly discovering that many of you aspire to do the same thing that I am doing now! With 5 months under my belt and several more to go, I think now’s a good time to start recording my thoughts! This post series will be posted on Sunday’s whenever I get the time.

I got a few questions about NetGalley, so I just wanted to post about it to hopefully clear things up in all areas!

Here is something that I learned and never really realized as a blogger in regards to NetGalley…many titles have a limited amount of people that are allowed to download it. Those messages you get about there not being enough eARCs are actually real!

And I know you’re sitting there thinking it’s an eARC, it’s not physical, so why is there a limit? And there’s a limit because, like ARCs, eARCs are meant to be read by a certain audience with certain kinds of platforms to get the word out there.

As an intern, I do man the NetGalley account for review requests and media professional requests. Yes, these are two different things. If you are a blogger, you should characterize yourself as a reviewer, by the way. It’s important that you do this. There are certain titles with important caps that I can’t touch, but otherwise I am told to simply look at the blogs and use my best judgment while staying within a certain statistic or expectation range.

So, some NetGalley pieces of advice…

1. Make sure your blog links work.
So many requests filter in on a single day that we can’t go googling for your blog. You have the option to link a website, so link your platform’s website! After linking it, go back in and check to make sure you linked it properly, because when we try to click sometimes and we are taken to an error page because a letter or a dot is missing in the URL, you’re most likely going to get denied for not having a platform. Continue reading “Guest Post: The In’s and Out’s of NetGalley”

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Top Ten UK Books… coming in April 2015

Every month, we get together to come up with a top-ten list of the UK titles we’re most looking forward to – and this month we’re focusing on books published in April 2015.

It’s an eclectic mix this month, with two SF titles – Poseidon’s Wake and The Rebirths of Tao – which I would highly recommend to those who wouldn’t ordinarily head out into space. Closer to home, Irvine Welsh takes us on a filthy, unforgettable trip with ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, Peep Show writer Jesse Armstrong unleashes his debut novel and Charlaine Harris returns with a non-Vampire tale set in the creepiest Texas town there is.

And don’t forget our book of the month, Normal. We’re predicting big break out success for this creepy and compelling crime novel.


Book of the Month, April 2015: 

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Graeme Cameron
Mira
UK edition 
US edition

Normal is an uncomfortable, but incredibly compelling read – and one that if you read too much about it before you start reading, will spoil the brilliance of the set-up, so no spoilers here! Our nameless narrator is a serial killer. He likes to hurt people. He isn’t the kind of person you’d want to spend time with. He isn’t normal. And yet, Graeme Cameron has decided to write this book in the killer’s own voice – a tricky, possibly risky move, but one that works incredibly well. Chilling, shocking and genuinely surprising, this is going to be a much discussed and much admired crime thriller this year.


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Indie Next List

March edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the March Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

 Additional Indie Next Titles, not currently available on NetGalley:

The Buried Giant: A novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
ISBN 9780307271037

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
ISBN 9780307408860

Welcome to Braggsville: A Novel by T. Geronimo Johnson
ISBN 9780062302120

An Exaggerated Murder: A Novel by Josh Cook
ISBN 9781612194271

Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral by Mary Doria Russell
ISBN 9780062198761

The Room: A Novel by Jonas Karlsson
ISBN 9780804139984

Ongoingness: The End of a Diary by Sarah Manguso
ISBN 9781555977030

Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss
ISBN 9781612194424

The Bookseller: A Novel by Cynthia Swanson
ISBN 9780062333001

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Cover Love

February Edition

Love is in the air! Here are some covers we adore this month, including YOUR top-loved cover this month–A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas!

Click through to read the full description, request the title, and “Like” the cover if you haven’t already. If you’ve already read these titles don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your social network.

Pan Macmillan - Picador

Pub Date Jan 15 2015

North South Books Inc.

Pub Date Mar 1 2015

University of Iowa Press

Pub Date April 1 2015

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Reader Spotlight

Blog name: A Library Mama
Blog URL: http://alibrarymama.com
Your name: Katy Kramp

What genre(s) does your blog focus on?

Fantasy and science fiction for all ages are my favorite, though I write about a fair number of picture books and graphic novels as well.

Which book(s) would you suggest for a middle grade level reluctant reader?

That really depends on what that particular reader is most interested in! But lately I’ve been recommending one of our Cybils finalists, Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra by Jason Fry. It’s fast-paced adventure featuring privateers in space (so fun!) and at just about 200 pages, is a lot less intimidating than the average middle grade novel these days.

I’ve also been talking up the Nick and Tesla series by Bob Pflugfelder, illustrated by Steve Hockensmith, for those who like a little more realism. These are mysteries also in the 200-age range, starring gadget-making twins, with instructions for the gadgets. The first book is Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab.

For readers right on the borderline of early chapter books and longer middle grade books, I love the Lulu series by Hilary McKay, illustrated by Priscilla Lamont (which starts with Lulu and the Duck in the Park) and the classic Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron, illustrated by Ann Strugnell.

Those are all prose novels, but often graphic novels are really important for helping reluctant readers bridge that gap between thinking in pictures and thinking in words. Personal favorites include Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke, Astronaut Academy by Dave Roman, the Mouse Guard books by David Peterson, Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado, and anything by Raina Telgemeier.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?

This month – gulp! – marks my eleventh year of book blogging. I started right around the time I got pregnant with my son because my on-line pregnancy group kept asking me what I was reading, and then wanting to go back to my old recommendations. I kept going after I joined an in-person parenting group. I found so many parents who had been readers before they had children. They often said that they didn’t have time for reading now, but it turned out that mostly they didn’t have time to go to a library or bookstore with their kids and pick something out for themselves. It’s so important for parents to keep reading, both for our own sanity and so our children can see us reading! As our children have gotten older, I’ve tried to deepen my coverage of the kids’ and teen books I’ve always read for myself to help parents match them up with their kids.

How has being a NetGalley member impacted your blogging?

NetGalley – oh, NetGalley! Why do you offer me so many new, enticing books to read, when there are already so many waiting for me on the library shelves? Now instead of just needing a book to read and at least one backup in print and on audio at all times, I need to have the same on my e-reader, too, or my book addiction starts twitching! More seriously, I really appreciate seeing what’s coming out, and besides letting me see those cool books early, being a NetGalley member has reminded me of the importance of communicating my thoughts back to the publisher, as well.

What is the most gratifying thing about being a book blogger?

The most gratifying thing is being able to help even more people find just that right book, especially if I can have conversations with people about the books. I’ve also gotten to know other wonderful book bloggers, which means discovering more authors and more discussions about the books we love.

Do you feel that your role as a blogger and as a librarian impact and/or influence each other?

Absolutely! I’m better at being a book blogger because of my experience helping people choose books in the library, while being a book blogger keeps me up-to-date on the books that are out there, which helps me do my work in the library better. I often find myself searching my old reviews for the title of a book I read a few years back that would be perfect for the patron in front of me. And while I know I’ll never be able to read all the books I want to, my fellow book bloggers help me seem more like I have with my patrons.

Are there certain questions you usually ask when trying to match someone with a book?

With reluctant readers especially, I usually ask what kinds of things they’re interested in, so I can find books to tie into their outside interests. Even though I think interest is more important than level, I usually ask kids about their reading level and how long a book they want to read. With kids and adults, I ask questions to figure out if they want genre or realistic fiction and whether they care more about plot or characters.

You work closely with the CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, can you explain the importance of these awards and a little about the nomination and awards process?

I love the CYBILS awards! I’ve been following them for a few years now, and was honored to serve as a Round 1 judge in the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category for the first time this fall. Here the way they work: In August, book bloggers apply to be judges, and find out in September if they made it or not. In October, books are nominated. From mid-October through December, the Round 1 judges read all the nominated books and come up with shortlists, which are announced January 1. Then the Round 2 judges take over and select one winner from each shortlist, which is announced February 14.

I love the CYBILS especially for several reasons:

One, the nominations are open – from October 1-15 each year, anyone can nominate one book in each of the categories. That means kids and teens can nominate their own favorite books, and small press or self-published books will get read right along with the books that get lots of hype.

Two, there are lots of categories, ranging from book apps to picture books to teen graphic novels. That means that if someone comes to the library looking for a book in a category that maybe I don’t read in so much myself, I can show them the Cybils categories and they can pick. Which leads me to

Three: the lists of finalists. I know it’s a good thing to have one final winner for simplicity, but my heart is with the list of five to seven books in each category that really showcase the breadth of good books in any given year. They are so helpful for giving people a choice without being overwhelming.

What is your favorite cover on NetGalley right now?

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein… no, wait, Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman.

   

If you were going on a long journey and could bring no books or devices, but you had time to commit just one book to memory, which would it be?

The easy answer here is the book that I carried in my suitcase the year I traveled with Up With People – Beauty by Robin McKinley. These days I do a lot less re-reading and there’s a lot more competition – I’d say Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater would be a close contender.

Thanks so much Katy and congratulations on 11 years blogging! Please make sure to check out A Library Mama and  stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight! *Interviewed by Tarah Theoret

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Cover Love

January Edition

2015 has gotten off to a wonderful start! We’re glad to welcome in the New Year with these beautiful covers, including YOUR top-loved cover this month–SEEKER by Arwen Elys Dayton, available to Read Now!

Click through to read the full description, request the title, and “Like” the cover if you haven’t already. If you’ve already read these titles don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your social network.

Canongate Books

Pub Date Oct 23 2014

Open Road Integrated Media

Pub Date May 12 2015

Matador

Pub Date Jan 28 2015

Random House of Canada Limited

Pub Date Feb 10 2015

Random House Children's

Pub Date Feb 10 2015

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Top Ten UK books… coming in March 2015

Every month, we get together to come up with a top-ten list of the UK titles we’re most looking forward to – and this month we’re focusing on books published in March 2015. It’s a great way for UK members to see and request what’s coming up – and also for all the US members to see what’s hot across the pond. The request links are for the UK edition, but where there is a US edition, you’ll also find a link to it.

March is traditionally the beginning of spring, and the start of British Summer Time, but the ten top titles for this month are all rather dark in tone. You’ll find some outstanding new crime, a petrifying horror tale, and several novels that examine the shadier sides of contemporary life.

After a vintage year for fiction, 2015 is shaping up to be just as exciting – but don’t forget to check out our non-fiction choice, The Forgiveness Project . It’s one of the most hard-hitting and thought-provoking things you’ll read all year.


Book of the Month, March 2015: 

The A-Z of You and Me
James Hannah
Doubleday
UK edition 
No US edition

In a year that has already seen a fantastic array of debut novels, The A-Z of You and Me has already caught the eye of many people. It’s a simple enough set up – the story of one man in bed, asked by his carer to make an A-Z list, a part of his body for each letter and to tell a little tale about it – but one that gives an unusual and affecting slant on love and loss. James Hannah has been compared to David Nicholls and Chris Cleave, but this is a novel with a unique and compelling voice, one that will make you see things anew.


 

Hausfrau
Jill Alexander
Essbaum
Picador
UK edition
No US edition

You may well have already heard about this uncompromising and deeply charged novel – and if so, you’ll be keen to find out what all the fuss is about. Anna Benz lives with her husband and three young children in, a picture-perfect suburb of Zurich. But alone and adrift, she turns to short-lived but intense sexual affairs to nullify her boredom. But one liaison leads her to an unspeakable tragedy, one from which she may never recover…

 

A Reunion of Ghosts
Judith Claire Mitchell
4th Estate
UK edition
No US edition

Complex, yet emotionally rewarding, A Reunion of Ghosts is a novel unafraid of addressing the big questions in life – love, death, guilt, family – and does so in a narrative that unfolds with true grace and skill. This is the story of the three Alter sisters, childless women who meet in the last days of the last century to commit suicide. The reason for their despair is a family curse, one that they can’t escape, and one that has affected three generations.

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News from NetGalley

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The NetGalley team is honored to receive the Gold Award from the LibraryWorks, Inc. 2015 inaugural Modern Library Awards (MLA’s.)

Did you know that over 22,000 librarians worldwide are using NetGalley (for free) to discover new titles to purchase for their library collection and recommend to their patrons?

As a new or existing NetGalley member, you can:

  • Request digital galleys from over 300 publishers which can be read on all major reading devices and tablets. NetGalley’s friendly staff can help you, too!
  • Receive invitations from publishers to access a title immediately, as well as a complimentary monthly newsletter just for librarians featuring new titles.
  • Be auto-approved by publishers for instant access for all their titles, so you won’t need to wait for your request to be approved!
  • Use NetGalley to submit your feedback privately to publishers (such as comments on the title itself, if you will be purchasing a title, or if the title will be used in special programs.)

Also, librarians who are members of the American Library Association (ALA) can add their ALA numbers to their NetGalley profile. (Add your ALA number today!)
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Reader Spotlight

Blog name: From the TBR Pile
Blog URL: http://fromthetbrpile.blogspot.com/
Your name: Kari Boardman & Autumn Crochet

What genre(s) does your blog focus on?

Kari– The great thing about our blog is that we review a lot of different genres. Autumn and I both have our preferences. I am more of the romance & New Adult reader.

Autumn– Between the two of us, we really cover a broad spectrum. I like to read the crime novels and the psychological thrillers. I’ll check out adult literature, especially books that have a lot of buzz and the one’s that are up for prizes. We both do a lot of YA reading too.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?

Kari– I started blogging a few months after Autumn started From the TBR Pile. We have been on-line friends for years and she knew I loved to read a lot, so she asked me to join her. It’s been about 4 years for me.

Autumn– I started a little over 4 years ago. I saw a blurb somewhere that publishers were looking for book bloggers and that was something that I had never even heard of, but I had been blogging about other things for several years so I thought I could do that! I tried it on my own for awhile and decided it would be more fun and less stressful to do it with someone else.

How often do you blog?

Kari– We like to have a new blog up every day. I definitely blog more than Autumn right now. She is in nursing school, so I have more time to read. I probably do about 5 out of 7 days a week.

Autumn– Thank goodness for Kari right now! We like to have meaningful, new content every day. Since I started nursing school I’ve been less able to contribute because I’ve been so busy. I listen to audiobooks on my way back and forth to school and I write up my reviews to fill in around Kari’s posts.

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What is your favorite cover on NetGalley right now?

Kari– That a really hard question. There are so many creative covers on there right now, it’s hard to pick just one!

Autumn– I am such a sucker for a good cover. I can’t tell you how many books I pick on cover alone. People do judge books by covers. I promise you, they do! One of the ones I like right now is Denton’s Little Deathdate by Lance Rubin. That cover would make me pick the book up.

 

Which review that you recently submitted via NetGalley is your favorite?

Kari– My most recent review for a book that I loved was A Single Kiss by Grace Burrowes. It’s a really sweet romance! (Read Kari’s review here)

Autumn– The Young World by Chris Weitz. There are so many dystopian YA books out there and it seems like the genre would be played out by now, but every now and then there’s a book that comes out keeps me excited about the genre. This book had some clever ideas and a fantastic ending. (Read Autumn’s review here)

How has being a NetGalley member impacted your blogging?

Kari– With NetGalley, I’ve been able to try new genres that I never would have tried before. I have discovered some great new authors as well as reconnected with old favorites. It’s been fun to introduce our readers to debut authors that they may never have found on their own.

Autumn– NetGalley has broadened my reading interests. I’ve been able to try out some authors that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. It’s helped me tap into some book trends ahead of the crowd.

What is the most gratifying thing about being a book blogger?

Kari– For me it really is about sharing my love of books and reading. The possibility that I could help someone find their next favorite read is exciting to me.

Autumn– I enjoy when a new author or book gets really popular when we featured it on our blog early on. I like to think that maybe we had a little hand in the success.

What is your favorite aspect of your blog?

Kari– I like our “Books We Didn’t Finish” posts that we do every month. Autumn and I choose 3-4 books that we stopped reading and give our reasons why. I love doing those.

Autumn– Mine is the “Joint Review”. Maybe once or twice a month we’ll both read the same book or listen to the same audiobook. We each give our opinion of it. Sometimes we agree on it, sometimes we don’t.   I always like to see what parts we each like and don’t like.

As a team, do you often have the same opinion on books you’ve read?

Kari– I would say it’s about 50/50. We sometimes read and review the same book in a “joint review” post. I like that we differ on our opinions sometimes. It keeps things interesting.

Autumn– We tend to agree on the “big issues” like YA trilogies have got to go and Fifty Shades of Grey was terrible. I’m always surprised when we disagree about something, but when we do it always leads to a pretty good text messaging discussion.

What one piece of advice would you give book bloggers who are just starting out?

Kari– Blog the books you love, but also blog the books you don’t. Just be honest in how you feel about a book. Also, don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone and try a new genre.

Autumn– Get a game plan, get organized, and network. Also, be professional. As a blogger, I don’t like seeing sloppy, distasteful posts and I’m sure publishers and authors don’t either.

If you were going on a long journey and could bring no books or devices, but you had time to commit just one book to memory, which would it be?

Kari– This is like asking me to pick a favorite child! What a hard choice! If I really had to choose, it would probably be The Stand by Stephen King. It is my all time favorite good vs. evil book.

Autumn– I’ve thought more about this question than any other. One of my most favorite books, that I’ve read over and over is The Alienist by Caleb Carr. I think I’d pick that one.

Thanks so much Kari and Autumn! We hope everyone took away a tip or two, and maybe a new book to request. Please make sure to check out From the TBR Pile and stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight!

Would you like to nominate your blog, or a blog you admire, to be featured in our Blogger Spotlight series? Fill out this form!

*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret

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News from NetGalley

What a remarkable year it’s been at NetGalley!
Take a peek at some fun facts about NetGalley in 2014 in our annual infographic below.

We look forward to connecting you with even more books you’ll love in 2015!

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