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!

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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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Recipes for Success: First Steps to Creating a Book Blog
Guest post from Kate of Ex Libris

Here at NetGalley our goal is to provide a central resource for professional readers to discover new titles to recommend! Whether you’re a reviewer, blogger, bookseller, librarian, or educator, we know that you’re spreading the word about books. Some of our members are well-established and some of you are just starting out. For those of you who have just started or are thinking about starting a dedicated book-review blog, we introduce this new blog series: Recipes for Success. Here you’ll find tips and tricks from the insiders! We aim to give new bloggers and reviewers helpful information, tools, and best practices to help facilitate your growth and effectiveness as reviewers.

Our first post is from Kate of Ex Libris, who’s here to kick things off by sharing four first steps in creating a book blog. Kate has been a NetGalley member since 2011 and has been approved for 182 titles as of today! Don’t forget to stay tuned for Kate’s next Recipe for Success, all about Review Policies.

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So, you want to start a book blog….. Continue reading “Recipes for Success: First Steps to Creating a Book Blog”

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NetGalley Devours: Big Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans

We have one more children’s book review for you this month! Keep an eye out for the Children’s Book Roundup in your inbox later today for even more great children’s titles available on NetGalley.

Have you read and reviewed Big Change for Stuart too? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter! #NGDevours

Big Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans
(Random House Children’s Publishers UK, pub date: May 2, 2013)
Big Change for Stuart

Recipe

Mix magic mayhem and mystery with fiendish puzzles and pulsating peril to make a truly compelling confection.

Description

Stuart Horten – ten, but looks younger – is now the owner of a magician’s workshop. Except that without his Great-Uncle’s Last Will and Testament, he can’t actually prove it. Which is a problem, since someone else wants it as well: someone who has a lot of money.

The workshop contains seven magnificent stage illusions, but when Stuart starts to investigate them, he discovers that each is the gateway to a magical adventure, with a puzzle to solve, and a clue to extract.

As the clues mount up, the adventures become riskier. Friendship is strained, danger looms, and Stuart has to decide what sort of prize he really, truly wants. [From the publisher]

Review

I have to confess I don’t read much Children’s fiction – but this title really caught my eye. My favourite book as a child was Stuart Little and finding another little Stuart was too much to resist, especially as my first child is due in a month! Continue reading “NetGalley Devours: Big Change for Stuart”

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Cari's Book Blog
Cari's Book Blog

Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes at NetGalley? Pop over to Cari’s Book Blog for a glimpse at what fills each day for the NetGalley Concierge Team!

Thanks, Cari, for inviting us to share our day with your readers as part of your new monthly series!

-The Concierge Team

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