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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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Indie Next List

September edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the September 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 Race for Paris
by Meg Waite Clayton
ISBN 9780062354631

In the Dark Places by Peter Robinson
ISBN 9780062240545

The Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan
ISBN 9780062369543

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
ISBN 9781250022080

The Girl From the Garden by Parnaz Foroutan
ISBN 9780062388384

Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse by Faith Sullivan
ISBN 9781571311115

Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb
ISBN 9781631490477

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News from NetGalley

NetGalley is looking for a QA Analyst / Assistant Product Manager to join our team!

No longer accepting applications

NetGalley is looking to add a QA Analyst / Assistant Product Manager. Our ideal candidate is passionate about both books and technology.

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 effectively at home. There will be occasional travel to team meetings.

Each day of this job is likely to be different, and there is a lot of potential to contribute your ideas and make your mark, but this position is 100% hands-on.
Continue reading “NetGalley is looking for a QA Analyst / Assistant Product Manager”

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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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The UK’s Top Ten Books… Coming in October 2015

With Summer now rather behind us, and the rain settling in, the books for October take on a rather autumnal, even wintry aspect — and there are chills a-plenty to be found in our books of the month roundup.

Our Book of the Month comes from the legendary Edna O’Brien, probably one of the world’s truly great writers. Peter James returns to his horror roots in The House on Cold Hill, David Young’s impressive debut Stasi Child takes us back to the Cold War years, while These Shadow Graves is set to be one of the best YA novels of the year.

Also, do look out for When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow, a book that was almost never published. Dan Rhodes – the most unusual and irrepressible writer of his generation – takes on religion, and its lack, in one of the funniest books you’ll read for many years.

Finally, do have a look out for the NetGalley Challenge. You can find a lot more information here, as well as watching a really useful video about improving your NetGalley experience here. I do hope you find it useful!

The Little Red Chairs
Edna O'Brien
Faber & Faber
UK Edition

Since publishing The Country Girls in 1960 Edna O’Brien has been one of the most acute, acclaimed and venerated novelists – and in The Little Red Chairs, her first novel for almost ten years, her mastery of the form is once again shown to be thrillingly alive.

When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community – especially Fidelma McBride – falls under his spell. From this premise, O’Brien captures the internal and external worlds of men and women corrupted by the world, and how we cope with the aftermath of evil. It is a stunning, lyrical and deeply felt novel of rare grace and intelligence.

The House on Cold Hill
Peter James
Macmillan
UK Edition

The author of the incredibly successful Roy Grace mysteries actually began his writing career with supernatural chillers – a genre that he has now returned to for this terrifying haunted house tale. Born townies, Ollie Harcourt, his wife, Caro, and their twelve-year-old daughter, Jade move out to the wilds of Sussex and into the dilapidated grandeur of Cold Hill House. It is a dream come true for Ollie, but as the family move in, it slowly becomes more like a nightmare. Scary and very well told.

Stasi Child
David Young
Twenty7 Books
World Edition

David Young’s debut novel introduces Oberleutnant Karin Müller, a character we’re sure to hear a lot about in the future. The backdrop is East Germany in the mid-1970s, and Young diligently brings the paranoia and fear of the times to life, while also weaving an exceptionally fluid mystery that holds the reader gripped. Reminiscent of Fatherland and AD Miller’s Snowdrops, Stasi Child heralds a bold new voice – and character – in historical crime.

These Shallow Graves
Jennifer Donnelly
Hot Key
UK Edition
US Edition

From Jennifer Donnelly, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of A Northern Light and Revolution, comes a mystery about dark secrets, dirty truths, and the lengths to which people will go for love and revenge. When rich girl Jo Montfort’s father dies in a gun-related accident, her perfect life is shattered. But she cannot help but search out the truth – no matter how dreadful the outcome. Atmospheric and brilliantly achieved.

A Mile Down
David Vann
Cornerstone
UK Edition

David Vann’s Legend of a Suicide was one the most feted American debuts of recent years. The stories it contained were autobiographical, but twisted and shaped in such a way that readers were consistently shocked. A Mile Down is pure memoir, but is written with the same poetic urgency of his fiction. In it, David recounts the inspirational tale of building his own boat, and the voyage that almost destroyed it.

When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow
Dan Rhodes
Aardvark Bureau
World Edition

Dan Rhodes is unique in British fiction; a humourist with a heart, a comedian with a brain, and a writer with a keen eye for the absolute stupidity and beauty in life. His latest novel centres on world famous evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins being stuck a place called Upper Bottom. It’s an idea that made many publishers wary of putting it out, but they shouldn’t have worried: it is utterly charming, slightly nasty and brilliantly inventive. Not to be missed.

High Dive
Jonathan Lee
Cornerstone
UK Edition

Jonathan Lee is regularly touted as one of the finest young novelists in Britain today, and in High Dive he has written the best book of his career thus far. The narrative hinges on the assassination attempt on Margaret Thatcher and her Cabinet in Brighton in 1984. In sinewy, always interesting prose, Lee takes us through the spider’s-web of conspiracy and danger, bringing an urgency and suspense to historical events. Mesmerising.

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine
Alex Brunkhorst
Mira
UK Edition
US/CA Edition

When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man’s eccentric daughter – Matilda Duplaine – offers him entry into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. What begins as a romance, however, becomes darker. Much darker. Timeless, romantic and utterly absorbing, it is a mesmerizing tale of privilege, identity and the difficult choices we make in the pursuit of power.

Forty One
Lesia Daria
Cameron Publicity & Marketing
World Edition

Forty One is laced with good writing, searing insights into modern life, and the concessions we make for happiness. Eva Holden is middle-aged and stuck at home with the children, while her husband works for a year abroad. Just one year and they will be financially secure. But the time drags. As the boredom and frustrations mount, she find herself tempted by a past lover. Can she hold out? Should she wait? Lesia Daria’s tense and always believable narrative brings Eva’s fears in close relief. Powerful.

The Night in Question
Laurie Graham
Quercus
UK Edition

Those who enjoyed Ripper Street will find much to admire in this tale of love and friendship set against the frightened streets of Whitechapel. It didn’t look like Dot Allbones would make much of her life, but now she is the darling of the music hall stage. Her best friend, Kate, was the beautiful one – but she has fallen on hard times, just at the worst time possible. Witty, convincing and compelling.

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Author Chat with Mike Bond

Live on Aug 20th!

Mike Bond's critically acclaimed novels take the reader into intense situations in the world’s most perilous places, into wars, revolutions, dangerous love affairs and political and corporate conspiracies, making “readers sweat with [their] relentless pace.” (Kirkus) and drawing them “into a land and a time I had not known but left me with my senses reeling.” (NetGalley Reviews)

Killing Maine

Request It!

Pub Date: Jul 20, 2015
Politics, Mystery & Thrillers
Published by Mandevilla Press

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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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The Book Smugglers Present… Tips for Writing Reviews

We asked trusted experts to share with our community their top tips when it comes to writing book reviews. Thea James, co-founder of The Book Smugglers, was generous to contribute her tips and join us during our live-webcast (which you can watch here) to speak directly to our members about writing reviews. Continue reading for Thea’s tips, and make sure to watch the webcast at your convenience to hear Thea expand on her suggestions below, and to hear from other experts!

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1. Be Genuine
Your natural tone is your most powerful tool and signature as a reviewer

2. Vomit ALL THE FEELS
Genuine emotion builds your voice and audience (see #1)

3. Make Yourself Write (aka Be Consistent)
There aren’t enough hours in the day, but setting up a routine will help keep things on track.

4. Figure out your ideal template (and replicate it)
Summary + Characters + Things that Worked/Didn’t Work + Overall Rating

5. Experiment with structure/format/syntax
Playing around with the key elements or traditional representation of reviews can engage readers in a major way

6. Use Examples
Use quotes or other examples directly from the text to back up your review—it makes your review stronger, and gives readers a first-hand opinion

7. Know Yourself 
Sometimes the review just isn’t there (yet)—know when to step back, or push onward

8. HAVE FUN
Because who wants to read something laborious and  written out of obligation!?

Click here to watch the full webcast, where Thea (co-founder of The Book Smugglers) expands on the tips above, and is joined by other review experts & read our other informational Recipes for Success articles!

To connect with The Book Smugglers visit their website, twitter, facebook, and tumblr!

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