Recipes for Success: Librarian Voices
ALA is BEA for Librarians, and why my back Loves NetGalley
Guest Post: Marlene Harris, Seattle Public Library and blogger at Reading Reality

Reading Reality

ALA Annual begins today! For those of you who may not know what the ALA (American Library Association) conference is all about, Marlene Harris, technical Services Manager at Seattle Public Library, has graciously returned to explain. Continue reading to find out more about the American Library Association’s annual conference, and how NetGalley saves Marlene’s back at conferences like this!

Recipes for Success aims to give NetGalley members helpful information, tools, and best practices to help facilitate your growth and effectiveness as professional readers. Check back often for tips and tricks from the insiders. 

ALA is BEA for Librarians, and why my back Loves NetGalley

When I try to explain what the ALA conference is to my non-librarian friends, I often use the shortcut that ALA is BEA for librarians. I’ve never been to BEA (insert sad face here) but if the pictures of the exhibit floor are accurate, there’s definitely a resemblance!
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News from NetGalley

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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Cover Love

It’s time for more cover love! If you are intrigued by any of these beautiful book covers, click through to read the full description and request the title from the publisher.

Have you already read these? Don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher! What other titles have you requested after falling in love with the cover? Share the link in the comments below, or via Twitter #NGextras

The Narrow Circle            A Wounded Name              Pursuing Love and Death         The Art of Flying         Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Penguin Group                     Lerner Publishing Group                 HarperCollins Australia                Disney Book Group            Random House – Ballantine
Pub Date Jun 4 2013                  Pub Date Sep 1 2013                      Pub Date Sep 1 2013              Pub Date Oct 29 2013              Pub Date Jan 21 2014

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Recipes for Success: Librarian Voices
How and Why Librarians Should Use NetGalley
Guest Post: Marlene Harris, Seattle Public Library and blogger at Reading Reality

Reading Reality

I’m pleased to introduce a new segment of Recipes for Success, specifically for all of the great librarian members using NetGalley! Did you know that 12,500+ librarians are using NetGalley to discover new titles to purchase for their library collection and recommend to their patrons?

Today’s guest post comes from Marlene Harris, Technical Services Manager at Seattle Public Library. Continue reading to find out how Marlene uses NetGalley as a librarian, and some titles she thinks you should be reading!

Along Came Trouble      Flirting With Disaster      Making it Last

Recipes for Success aims to give NetGalley members helpful information, tools, and best practices to help facilitate your growth and effectiveness as professional readers. Check back often for tips and tricks from the insiders.

How, and why should librarians use NetGalley? Let me talk a bit about how this librarian uses NetGalley.

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News from NetGalley

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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Recipes for Success: How to Measure the Success of your Blog
Guest post: Thea James, The Book Smugglers

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I’m very excited to be moderating a panel at the BEA Bloggers Conference with some YA Book Blogging Pros, including Thea of The Book Smugglers. The panel will be on Wednesday May 29 at 11:15 am, but today I’m pleased to share this post from Thea.

Continue reading to find out how The Book Smugglers measure their blog’s success!
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Recipes for Success: What Makes A Good Review
Guest post: Cindy Minnich, Nerdy Book Club

Nerdy Book Club

Recipes for Success is back with more insight from bloggers you love! Did you know that Kristina will be moderating a panel at the BEA Bloggers Conference with some YA Book Blogging Pros? The panel will be on Wednesday May 29 at 11:15 am, but today I’m pleased to welcome one of the panelists, Cindy of Nerdy Book Club, as our guest blogger.

Continue reading for more insight about what makes a good review, as well as more information about how you can interact with NetGalley at and beyond BEA.

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.

A quick overview of Nerdy Book Club:

The Nerdy Book Club blog began in December 2011 as a home for the Nerdy Book Club Awards – grassroots awards that grew from conversations on Twitter among teachers and librarians about titles they and their students love. It has become a site devoted to literature for children and young adults, and it is written by those invested in promoting a love of reading to children and teens. Guest bloggers have written about their reading lives, their promotion of reading, and reviewed everything from wordless picture books to mature YA titles. We anticipate future reads with Advance Reading Copies (often from our friends at NetGalley), find current titles in bookstores, libraries and generous friends, and dip into past reading with retro-reviews of books we have loved. Our bloggers embrace their role in leading young people to the joy of reading.

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Pledge to take the NetGalley Wellness Challenge!

I am excited to invite you to join the NetGalley Wellness Challenge, which kicks off today!
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The 9-week Wellness Challenge will help NetGalley members improve their “NetGalley health.” You can join the Challenge at any time by taking the pledge. We will advise you on how to: improve your profile, learn why feedback is important to publishers, learn how good reviews build blog traffic and exposure, and more.

For more information about how to participate please visit our NetGalley Wellness Challenge resource page!

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Recipes for Success: Benefits and Struggles of Blogging
Guest post: Danielle Smith, There’s a Book

There's a Book

Recipes for Success is back with more insight from bloggers you love! Did you know that I (Kristina) will be moderating a panel at the BEA Bloggers Conference with some YA Book Blogging Pros? The panel will be on Wednesday May 29 at 11:15 am, but today I’m pleased to welcome one of the panelists, Danielle of There’s a Book, as our guest blogger.

Continue reading for more insight about the benefits and struggles of blogging, as well as more information about how you can interact with NetGalley at and beyond BEA.

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.

A quick overview of There’s a Book:

I’ve been blogging about children’s literature from picture books to middle grade and young adult at There’s A Book since 2009. When I started it was solely for the purpose of reaching out to other parents and readers looking for good kidlit books to share with the kiddos they are around. My son at 18 months old could read and I found myself in a very small town with next to no resources. I started the blog with the hopes that I could share my experiences finding good books for my son and me to read even with little accessibility to books locally.

Since then my blog has changed some, but I still go back to my root cause for starting my blog. To help readers, no matter who they were, connect with books in a way that would be meaningful to them and the ones they shared them with.  My audience now encompasses a broader group that includes parents, librarians, booksellers and readers from every age.
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Cover Love

I absolutely love browsing the NetGalley catalog for gorgeous new covers to share with you. Have you already read these? Don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher! What other titles have you requested after falling in love with the cover? Share the link in the comments below, or via Twitter #NGextras

The First Rule of Swimming            Our Superheroes, Ourselves              Need Machine         The River of No Return         A Trick I Learned from Dead Men
Little, Brown and Company            Oxford University Press, USA             Coach House Books            Penguin Books Australia            Vintage Publishing (UK)
Pub Date May 28 2013                  Pub Date Jul 18 2013                    Pub Date Apr 30 2013            Pub Date Jul 24 2013                 Pub Date Jul 5 2013

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