Life at NetGalley: Popular Promotions
(Walking Disaster from Atria Books)

 The publisher is bestowing a gift upon 250 NetGalley members!

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This is going to be big—the first book was really popular on NetGalley. Let’s keep track of how quickly they hit 250 READ NOW clicks.

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10:30am – The email is now going out!

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10:35am – 54 READ NOW clicks

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10:41am – 185 READ NOW clicks

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10:45am – 250 READ NOW clicks in fifteen minutes?!? This is us:

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I wonder what Twitter’s doing?

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“Hey, Atria, here are those stats!”

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Don’t worry, guys. Atria may have hit their 250 Read Now click-limit in just fifteen minutes, but you can still request it from the catalog!
Walking Disaster

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Recipes for Success: Finding Your Voice

Hello bloggers and reviewers! Today marks Kate’s final Recipe for Success—thank you very much, Kate, for sharing your tips with our readers. In today’s Recipe for Succes she covers finding your voice as a reviewer, an important piece of the puzzle that can help your reviews retain cohesion and draw people back to your site. Do you have more burning questions about starting a new book blog? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter #NGextras, and we’ll ask some other pros their opinions!

Recipes for Success aims to give new bloggers and reviewers helpful information, tools, and best practices to help facilitate your growth and effectiveness as reviewers. Check back often for tips and tricks from the insiders!

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NetGalley Devours: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

This month NetGalley Devours teen and YA books! Did you catch our earlier reviews of The Nightmare Affair and Creeps?Today Kristina reviews If You Could Be Mine. Have you read and reviewed it too? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter! #NGDevours

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Algonquin Young Readers; Pub Date Aug 20, 2013
If You Could Be Mine

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.

So they carry on in secret—until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they have been, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively—and openly.

Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants, in the body she wants to be loved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self? [From the publisher]

Review:

I originally clicked open this book in NetGalley because of the question inherent in the title—If You Could Be Mine… what? Why can’t she? And when I read the description my next question was, well could she? And that hope prompted me to read and review this title. Continue reading “NetGalley Devours: If You Could Be Mine”

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Recipes for Success: Prioritizing

This week Kate of Ex Libris is here to share her Recipe for Success about how to organize and prioritize. How do you prioritize your blog? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter using #NGextras

Next week Kate will be sharing some tips on how to Find Your Voice. Catch up on Kate’s previous Recipes for Success posts!
Starting a book blog
Review Policy
Focus

Recipes for Success aims to give new bloggers and reviewers helpful information, tools, and best practices to help facilitate your growth and effectiveness as reviewers. Check back often for tips and tricks from the insiders!

Ex Libris

Prioritizing

Continue reading “Recipes for Success: Prioritizing”

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NetGalley Devours: Creeps by Darren Hynes

Throughout March, NetGalley Devours teen and YA books! We’ve already reviewed the paranormal, and now it’s time for some realism. Have you read and reviewed Creeps too? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter! #NGDevours

Creeps by Darren Hynes
Penguin Canada; Pub Date Jul 30, 2013
The Nightmare Affair

Description:

Fifteen-year-old Wayne Pumphrey wishes he were courageous enough to actually send the heartfelt letters he writes to friends and family. He also wishes his father would drive on the right side of the street, his mother would stop packing her suitcase to leave, and his sister would stop listening to Nickelback. But most of all, he wishes that Pete “The Meat” would let him walk to school in peace. After all, how many times can one person eat yellow snow?

Then one morning, while facing Pete and his posse, Wayne is rescued by Marjorie, the girl with a dead father and a mother who might as well be. Together, the two of them escape Pete’s relentless bullying by rehearsing for the school play, and an unlikely friendship is formed. As they grow ever closer to one another, they begin to dream of escape from their small town and restricted lives. But Pete now has plans for both of them—and after a moment of sudden violence, nothing will ever be the same again for Wayne, Marjorie, or Pete himself.  [From the Publisher]

Review:

I’ll be honest and admit to having read a lot of young adult and teen books ranging from paranormal, to summer love, to more sensitive topics such as sexual identity, suicide, and acceptance. When I saw Creeps in our public catalog I knew I had to read it because once you get past the escapism that vampires, witches, and werewolves (oh my!) provide in this genre you’re left with real life problems that can shape a person’s life, and that is exactly what Creeps demonstrates. Continue reading “NetGalley Devours: Creeps”

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Recipes for Success: Focus

Hello, bloggers and reviewers. This week’s Recipe for Success is focused on… Focus! Kate of Ex Libris returns to talk about how to strategically focus the theme or content of your blog. Share Kate’s Recipe for Success with your fellow reviewers on Twitter using #NGextras.

Next week Kate will be sharing some tips on Prioritizing. Catch up on Kate’s previous Recipes for Success posts!
Starting a book blog
Review Policy

Recipes for Success aims to give new bloggers and reviewers helpful information, tools, and best practices to help facilitate your growth and effectiveness as reviewers. Check back often for tips and tricks from the insiders!

Ex Libris

Does your book blog need focus? Continue reading “Recipes for Success: Focus”

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NetGalley Devours: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Today, and throughout March, NetGalley Devours teen and YA books! Keep an eye out for our reviews this month, which will cover titles that include the paranormal, anti-bullying, and the struggles faced by two girls in love.

Today we’ll start with the paranormal! Have you read and reviewed The Nightmare Affair too? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter! #NGDevours

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Tor Teen; Pub Date March 5, 2013
The Nightmare Affair

Description:

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.  Literally. Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. 

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target. [From the Publisher]

Review:

Like many adults, I’m still enthralled with young adult books, and specifically paranormal YA. I can’t help but get swept up in the clash between mythology and regular teen angst. If you’re the same way, you’ll be just as excited to read The Nightmare Affair as I was. Continue reading “NetGalley Devours: The Nightmare Affair”

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Cover Love

Here at NetGalley we see lots of cover images in the course of a day, so we thought we’d share some of our cover love! Here are a handful of our recent favorites. Did we miss a title you requested after falling in love with its cover? Share the link in the comments below, or via Twitter #NGextras

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Harlequin UK                     Andrews McMeel Publishing     University Press of Florida           Penguin Books         BookBaby (IBPA Member
Pub Date Oct 5 2012                   Pub Date Apr 2 2013               Pub Date Apr 23 2013         Pub Date Apr 30 2013      Pub Date Feb 13 2013

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Recipes for Success: Review Policies

Hello, bloggers and reviewers! I hope you caught last week’s debut Recipes For Success post about first steps to creating a book blog. This week Kate, Ex Libris blogress, returns to share her Recipe for Success for crafting a great Review Policy. Share her tips with your fellow reviewers on Twitter using #NGextras.

Next week Kate will be sharing some tips on focusing your blog’s content.

Recipes for Success aims to give new bloggers and reviewers helpful information, tools, and best practices to help facilitate your growth and effectiveness as reviewers. Check back often for tips and tricks from the insiders!

Ex Libris

Review Policies Continue reading “Recipes for Success: Review Policies”

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NetGalley’s View from the UK

I’m Stuart Evers, NetGalley’s newest member of the Concierge Team, based in the UK. Welcome to the first of my ‘View From the UK’ blogs – your monthly roundup of what’s happening book-wise in Great Britain. I’ll be covering everything from the latest prizes and awards, festivals, events, hot titles, literary gossip and overlooked classics, to welcoming new publishers to NetGalley, tips on titles you might want to request and anything else that has caught my eye over the previous month.

I joined NetGalley just before Christmas to help ensure our British members get the very best experience on the site. I’m an author myself, and have been a bookseller and editor so I’m hoping to bring all that recommending experience to help you find the best titles – no matter what genre you read. If you have any suggestions, thoughts, or ideas for things you’d like to see on NetGalley in the UK, please get in contact via our Knowledge Base and I’ll get back to you!

The big news for January had to be the announcement of the Costa Book Awards. Hilary Mantel went into the evening as favourite … Continue reading “NetGalley’s View from the UK”

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