NetGalley Devours: Rotten by Michael Northrop

Author Michael Northrop recently visited NetGalley President Susan Ruszala’s local middle school and this week she reviews Rotten, Northrop’s middle grade novel. School librarians, read on for Susan’s take on that visit. Have you read Rotten? Share your thoughts via the Feedback section in NetGalley, or on Facebook and Twitter! (#NGdevours)

Rotten by Michael Northrop
Scholastic; Pub Date April 1, 2013


A troubled teen. A rescued Rottweiler. An unlikely friendship. Jimmer “JD” Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer “upstate.” No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it’s pretty clear that he has something to hide. It’s also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away—a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (yes, after that guy in the Sex Pistols). Both tough but damaged, JD and Johnny slowly learn to trust each other, but their new-found bond is threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of Johnny’s powerful jaws. As the secrets JD has tried so hard to keep under wraps start to unravel, he suddenly has something much bigger to worry about: saving his dog. [From the Publisher]


Rotten is a modern-day story of redemption and will connect with all kinds of readers: boys like Jimmer who are anything but mainstream; and girls and boys who need to be reminded that almost everyone loses their way from time to time. Readers will quickly and deeply love the ironically-named “Rotten” (a large Rottweiler), and it’s easy to draw parallels between Rotten, who’s made a few mistakes himself, and Jimmer, the main character. Boy and dog progress steadily, if unevenly, and it’s the series of set-backs and bad decisions for both Jimmer and Rotten that will make this book relevant for young readers.
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News from NetGalley

National Library Week – Send Us Your Photos!

National Library Week

Today, we’re excited to begin celebrating National Library Week! We love working with the librarian community on NetGalley and know that librarians love their communities, too. How are you observing this year’s Communities Matter @ Your Library theme? The American Library Association (ALA) has a lot of great promotional ideas from libraries around the country.

In honor of National Library Week, we’re asking all NetGalley members to share a photo of what makes their library unique. It could be a special display, a clever way to showcase new books, your favorite spot to claim, or even an architectural feature of the building. What makes your library yours? Snap a photo and post it on the NetGalley Facebook timeline, or email it to us directly. And look for more fun this week, including on Twitter (#nlw13) and Pinterest.

I hope you caught this month’s NetGalley at the Library newsletter, which includes new titles to preview and recommend to your patrons, as well as some helpful NetGalley tips. Did you know we have a partnership with the ALA? If you are a librarian who uses NetGalley be sure to add your ALA member number to your NetGalley profile.  When you do, a special designation will be visible to publishers when you request a title. We anticipate that librarians who enter their ALA numbers will be approved more quickly and often.

We look forward to seeing your photos of what makes your library so special!

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries — school, public, academic and special — participate.”via


NetGalley Devours: Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian

Today I’m excited to review a fantasy title from one of our independent publishers. Did you catch Cobweb Bride in our recent NetGalley Roundup? If you’ve already read and reviewed this book, be sure to share your review via the Feedback section in NetGalley, or on Facebook and Twitter! (#NGdevours)

Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian
Norilana Books; Pub Date July 15, 2013
Cobweb Bride


COBWEB BRIDE (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book One) is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death’s ultimatum to the world.

In an alternate Renaissance world, somewhere in an imaginary “pocket” of Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe, Death comes, in the form of a grim Spaniard, to claim his Bride. Until she is found, in a single time-stopping moment, all dying stops. There is no relief for the mortally wounded and the terminally ill.

While kings and emperors send expeditions to search for a suitable Bride for Death, armies of the undead wage an endless war… A black knight roams the forest at the command of his undead father… Spies and political treacheries abound at the imperial Silver Court…. Murdered lovers find themselves locked in the realm of the living…

And one small village girl, Percy—an unwanted, ungainly middle daughter—is faced with the responsibility of granting her dying grandmother the desperate release she needs.

As a result, Percy joins the crowds of other young women of the land in a desperate quest to Death’s own mysterious holding in the deepest forests of the North…

And everyone is trying to stop her. [From the Publisher]


Fantasy is one of my favorite genres—I love getting lost in new worlds with new rules. And as far as getting lost goes, Cobweb Bride did not disappoint! Nazarian has woven a skillful web—the themes of loss and being lost are found throughout the various story lines that converge within this story. Continue reading “NetGalley Devours: Cobweb Bride”


Recipes for Success: NetGalley Requests – the Publisher’s Perspective
Guest Post: Dina Sherman, Director of School & Library Marketing: Disney Book Group

Disney Book Group

I am excited to welcome Dina Sherman, Director of School & Library Marketing, from Disney Book Group as our guest blogger today. Now that we’ve heard about what publishers are looking for in your NetGalley profile, Dina is here to talk a bit more about the process of approving requests. I know that after requesting titles from the NetGalley catalog it’s exciting to get those “you’ve been approved” messages from the publishers. Dina is here to explain why you may sometimes have to wait longer than usual to receive that message, or why, in some cases, you may be declined.

Nantucket Blue

Read more for Dina’s insight about marketing strategies and NetGalley requests, in addition to a book recommendation from Disney Book Group!

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.

NetGalley Requests and Patience

As the Director of School & Library Marketing for Disney Book Group, I do oversee our presence on NetGalley, but it’s really a team effort.  I work closely with our trade marketing, online marketing, publicity and editorial groups to choose which titles we post and when, what promotions we do, and who gets approved and declined.
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News from NetGalley

View from the UK

The unseasonably cold weather has dominated headlines throughout March, but for me I have to say it was more a blessing than a curse. With no reason to brave the outside elements, I just hibernated indoors, reading. I’ve had worse months…

For bookworms, I think there are really only two temperatures that’ll do: one, freezing cold winter outside, but loads of books to read inside by the fire; two, sweltering hot with loads of books to read by the pool. Either would be rather heavenly, to be honest – and both are far removed from the frenetic pace of the upcoming London International Book Fair.
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Recipes for Success: What Does it Take to Get Approved?
Guest Post: Siobhan Clayton, Digital Marketing Coordinator: Carina Press

Carina Press

Today Siobhan from Carina Press joins us as our guest blogger to talk a bit about something that I’m sure is dear to your hearts—what she looks for in a NetGalley profile when approving requests. Keep in mind that the information below is specific to what Siobhan is looking for in your profiles! You can look here for our basic profile tips but also be sure to check and see if the publisher from whom you are requesting has included their own Approval Preferences on their publisher page. Find them in this list, and then click their name to view more information.

Rush Me

Read more for Siobhan’s tips for your NetGalley profile, as well as a book recommendation!

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!

What does it take to be approved?

NetGalley is an amazing place for reviewers and publishers to combine forces and get books out into the world. As a Digital Marketing Coordinator for Carina Press, I see it as a way to not only allow readers to read and review our books, but also a way for us to get the word out there that our books exist and are available. As part of my role, I am responsible for processing all Netgalley requests, as well as helping our digital-first marketing and social media teams. Continue reading “Recipes for Success: What Does it Take to Get Approved?”


Cover Love

Last month we shared some cover love for titles in NetGalley! Here’s a new batch of beautiful covers for titles going on sale March-June. What titles have you requested after falling in love with the cover? Share the link in the comments below, or via Twitter #NGextras

The Waiting Tree            The Wall              The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage         We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down         Mr. Snack and the Lady Water
Amazon Children’s Publishing   Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books   Shambhala Publications    University Of Minnesota Press  Melbourne University Publishing
Pub Date May 14 2012                Pub Date June 4 2013                   Pub Date Mar 12 2013           Pub Date Mar 19 2013               Pub Date Apr 1 2013


Recipes for Success: How Publishers Use Your Reviews
Guest Post: Cassie Galante, Associate Digital Marketing Manager: St. Martin’s Press

Today I’m pleased to welcome Cassie from St. Martin’s Press as our guest blogger! Cassie is currently an Associate Digital Marketing Manager at St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan Publishers. She executes individual digital marketing campaigns for a list of titles, but has also been running the behind-the-scenes stuff for St. Martin’s NetGalley program since they first joined the site in the summer of 2011. “Working with the community on NetGalley is one of my favorite parts of my job.”

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Read more for Cassie’s input on how they use reviews, as well as a book recommendation!

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!

How and why does St. Martin’s Press use NetGalley?

Here at St. Martin’s Press we use NetGalley to provide egalleys of our books for review to librarians, booksellers, media professionals, bloggers, and everyone in between!

But it’s also a really important tool for us to find new readers for our books. We’re always trying to figure out the best way to reach those of you who are new to the blogging world while still maintaining and growing the great relationships with those of you we’ve been working with for years.

That’s a tough balance to strike, so hallelujah for the Public Catalog! We respect and appreciate the work that you do to spread the good word about our books, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to find new authors to read, love, and review. Posting our books in the Catalog and asking you to request the ones you’d like to read and potentially review gives us the perfect opportunity to get more of our books in the hands of who want to read them most.   Continue reading “Recipes for Success: How Publishers Use Your Reviews”


Recipes for Success: A Day in the Life at Open Road Integrated Media
Guest Post: Laura De Silva, Digital Marketing Manager: Open Road Integrated Media

Open Road

Now that we’ve had a few weeks of blog-specific Recipes for Success, I thought I’d turn things over to the publicists and marketers with whom you’re likely to interact when you request titles from the NetGalley catalog. Today I’m pleased to welcome Laura, who is a digital marketing manager at Open Road Integrated Media, a New York City–based publisher dedicated to connecting authors and readers.

Cruel Crazy Beautiful World

Continue reading to hear all about a day in Laura’s life, as well as a book recommendation!

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 Day in the Life
We’ve been working with NetGalley since 2010—it is a natural fit, since so many of our releases are ebook-only. Although each day at a start-up is different, here is an example of one day in our SoHo office:
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Life at NetGalley: Popular Promotions
(Walking Disaster from Atria Books)

 The publisher is bestowing a gift upon 250 NetGalley members!


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.

Let's Do This

10:30am – The email is now going out!

Cool guy

10:35am – 54 READ NOW clicks


10:41am – 185 READ NOW clicks

spit take

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


I wonder what Twitter’s doing?


“Hey, Atria, here are those stats!”


Snow White


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