IndieNext

Indie Next List

February edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the February 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

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border by Francisco Cantú
(Riverhead Books, 9780735217713)

Only Killers and Thieves: A Novel by Paul Howarth
(Harper, 9780062690968)

Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot
(Counterpoint, 9781619023345)

Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces by Dawn Davies
(Flatiron Books, 9781250133700)

The Unmade World: A Novel by Steve Yarbrough
(Unbridled Books, 9781609531430)

The Mitford Murders: A Mystery by Jessica Fellowes
(Minotaur Books, 9781250170781)

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins
(Harper Perennial, 9780062666154)

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Library Reads

LibraryReads List

January 2018

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in January that librarians across the country love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

Additional LibraryReads titles:

The Woman in the Window: A Novel, by A.J. Finn
(William Morrow, 9780062678416)

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News from NetGalley

Thank You, Readers

2017 has been one of our most exciting years yet, thanks to dedicated book advocates like you! In the past year on NetGalley, you’ve submitted over 695,000 opinions and reviews. Plus, you’ve connected more than 13,000 social accounts to streamline your review process. Your influence has helped books land in stores, schools, and libraries around the world so that other readers can discover and help books reach their fullest potential.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on our year together on NetGalley. . .

This summer, we made your reviews visible to fellow members to give them the platform they deserve.
With the addition of keywords, you can better describe and categorize books for members.
Plus, you can indicate which reviews you find most helpful.


We also gave UK members their own dedicated site!
On www.netgalley.co.uk, UK members can find books that are most relevant to them while retaining their existing auto-approvals and feedback.


Most recently, we made it easier than ever to share your reviews via your Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. With just one click, you can indicate to publishers where you talk about the books you love.

And we expanded where we talk about books, too: this year we brought you even more content from Bookish.com,
an editorially independent division of NetGalley. Bookish also launched BookishFirst, where avid readers can get a First Look at pre-publication books, write reviews, and win free books.

But 2017 isn’t over just yet! There’s still time to submit your final reviews of 2017 on NetGalley: press the Feedback button to submit your Opinions, leave star ratings, and send your full Reviews to publishers. Then, don’t forget to share them socially!

As we look ahead to 2018, we’re excited to introduce you to even more new features, books, and authors & publishers. Thanks as always for your continued support of NetGalley and dedication to helping books succeed.

Happy holidays!
The NetGalley Team

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How Working With Publishers and Publicists Can Work For You!

by Sarah Miniaci, Smith Publicity

In not-so-ancient history, Amazon was best known as a jungle in South America and the closest thing that existed to an influential book blog was The New York Times Book Review.

Smith Publicity acts as a “publisher” on NetGalley offering the books of our wide-ranging clients to reviewers through NetGalley. We celebrated 20 years in book publicity in 2017, and have seen countless changes in the business of promoting books over that time. But from 1997 to today, one thing has remained constant: the importance of book reviews.

Between the indie publishing boom, the advent of e-books, and the emergence of incredible platforms like NetGalley, there has arguably never been a more interesting and exciting time to be a reader, writer, or publishing industry professional. The so-called ‘gatekeepers’ like The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly certainly haven’t been rendered irrelevant – but they’re no longer the only game in town, either. How do we reach the new generation of bloggers, bookstagrammers, Goodreads influencers and Amazon power reviewers? Through NetGalley, of course!

Whether you’re a journalist, book blogger, librarian, retailer, or someone who simply loves to read and offer your unique perspective on the latest and greatest titles, know that every single request and bit of feedback you remit on NetGalley is as precious as gold to book publicists, authors, and publishers. At Smith Publicity, we couldn’t be more appreciative of and enthusiastic about your passionate, dedicated, and diverse community – and as we enter a new year (and look to expand our auto-approval list!), wanted to share with you all some of our favorite NetGalley community reviewer practices:

Love a book you found on NetGalley? Shout it from the (digital) rooftops!

 For book publicists, there is no better feeling than helping an author get their book into the hands of a reader who deeply connects with their story / ideas / characters / themes / etc. If you love a book you found on NetGalley, please do share your feedback on it within – and outside of! – the NetGalley platform. Cross-posting your review to Amazon, Goodreads, and any other social media platforms or sites you regularly use is extremely valuable – and sure to put you on the “Nice” list of any publisher whose books you’ve requested.

To review or not to review? That is the question…

While of course we book publicists (and the authors and publishers we represent) would love a steady stream of glowing, 5-star reviews for each and every book we’re working on, we’re also realistic – and sincerely grateful for any title feedback at all so long as it is thoughtful, cleanly written, and fundamentally respectful. If you’re in doubt as to whether or not you should post your feedback on a title that perhaps you weren’t over the moon about, never hesitate to write to us directly. We love hearing from you, and are always happy to hear diverse opinions!

 Mark your calendar and give your favorite authors a little gift on their “book birthday”

Anytime, anywhere, any way – we absolutely love getting new reviews in, and don’t tend to be particularly fussy about when, where, or how they happen (unless otherwise noted by way of an embargo, of course). If you want to go the extra mile, however, do pay attention to the “book birthday” – otherwise known as publication date! – and, if it’s not too much trouble, try to either review the book by that date, or give your previously remitted review a little “boost” by promoting it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon — or even by mentioning it to your local library or bookshop! Tip for those Type A’s among us: some of our NetGalley BFFs even mark their calendars with the book birthday right when they get approval notification.

DNF? File issues? Other questions, issues, or requests? Get in touch!

We are always, always but a brief email away – and not to sound too much like a broken record, but we truly do love hearing from you! If ever you have questions about a title, predict that you’re not going to be able to finish a book you started, or have any other questions or requests whatsoever, please, don’t hesitate to write to us. We know we speak for every single publisher, author, and other industry professional on NetGalley when we say that getting to engage with other passionate readers is one of the very best parts of the job, and that you are so, so important to this wonderful industry of ours. In the case of file issues, always reach out to NetGalley support to help you troubleshoot the problem and they will work with us to improve the file or formats available whenever needed.

We know your TBR piles are mammoth, we’re readers too – we get it! You’re not going to be able to review every book you download and not every book is going to be a fit. But please be aware that when you download a book, it does open a relationship with the publicist and author behind that book. Seeing a download sets certain expectations. We start checking in often because we’re excited about your feedback. If you don’t think you’ll get to a book, just let us know. If you don’t have time for a full review – consider leaving a star rating on NetGalley, Goodreads and Amazon. It only takes a couple minutes and is getting even easier with NetGalley’s new “share” buttons.

Tell us – what do you wish publishers and publicists knew about how YOU use NetGalley? Tell us on social media @smithpublicity.

 

Need more recommendations for your TBR list?
Be sure to check out Smith Publicity’s upcoming titles & wish them a Happy 20th Anniversary!

 

 

 

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15 Literary Gifts for Your Favorite Bookworm

Originally published on Bookish.com, an editorially independent division of NetGalley.

Admittedly, buying for an avid reader can be a tough task. Unless you stalk their Goodreads profile, it’s hard to know which books, authors, and genres they’ll enjoy. This is why we’ve put together a list of literary items that are sure to please your favorite bookworm (or, let’s be real, yourself).

This shirt is perfect for Hamilton-obsessed readers who are always scammin’ for every book they can get their hands on.

This scratch-off chart is excellent for bookworms who never met a reading challenge they didn’t like.

Can’t make it to the Great Hall for the Christmas feast? Never fear, you can still have a magical dinner experience with this gorgeous Hogwarts-themed dining set—complete with one place setting for each house. The added fun is sorting your guests as you tell them where to sit.

These canvas shoes are just the thing you need for taking a long and contemplative stroll through the countryside as you avoid your family’s prodding questions about your dating life.

Get these understated earrings for the most quotable person in your life.

Bring the library home with these colorful and cute library card throw pillows.

Your reader can show off their bookish pride with this carry-all pouch.

This is our favorite gift for little readers this season! Moonlite uses your phone’s flashlight to project stories onto the wall or ceiling, while a connected app provides readers with the story’s text and sound effects. Snuggle up with Moonlite and make bedtime magical.

Relive the opening passage of A Moveable Feast with this elegant kitchen towel.

This gift is cozy, literary, and stylish. What more could you ask for?

Embrace your inner free-thinking rebel with this 1984-inspired sweatshirt.

This glass is just our type.

This necklace features one of our favorite Louisa May Alcott quotes.

Have you ever loved a book so much that you wish you could bring it with you everywhere? With this tee from Litographs, we never have to part with Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper.

Made from the recycled pages of a 1999 Harry Potter book, these earrings make for a magical gift.

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Cover Love

We’ve rounded up covers we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…Let me Lie by Clare Mackintosh!

Click on each cover to read the full description, request (or wish for) the title, and “Like” the cover if you haven’t already. If you’ve read these titles, don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your friends & followers.

Tell us in the comments below which covers you’re loving right now &
they could be included in next month’s edition!

Plus, don’t forget to check out Bookish’s Best Book Covers of 2017!

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Indie Next List

January edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the January 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:

The Woman in the Window: A Novel by A.J. Finn
(William Morrow, 9780062678416)

Neon in Daylight: A Novel by Hermione Hoby
(Catapult, 9781936787753)

The Job of the Wasp: A Novel by Colin Winnette
(Soft Skull Press, 9781593766801)

The Afterlives: A Novel  by Thomas Pierce
(Riverhead Books, 9781594632532)

Escape Artist: Memoir of a Visionary Artist on Death Row by William A. Noguera (Indies Introduce)
(Seven Stories Press, 9781609807979)

This Could Hurt: A Novel by Jillian Medoff
(Harper, 9780062660763)

Beneath the Mountain: A Novel by Luca D’Andrea
(Harper Paperbacks, 9780062680174)

Heart Spring Mountain: A Novel by Robin MacArthur
(Ecco, 9780062444424)

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Totally Bookish: 20 Tote Bags for Every Bookworm

Originally published on Bookish.com, an editorially independent division of NetGalley.

We believe you can never have too many books or bags to carry them in. So we pulled together some of this season’s most bookish tote bags for you to gift to your favorite book lover or keep for yourself to help you carry your anticipated holiday haul of new books.

We wish you a Meowy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May Delilah Bard’s words inspire you to make each day an adventure.

We all know Jane is cool AF and with this tote, you can be too.

We can’t even deal with this pun.

Dumbledore’s Army wants you… to carry this tote!

We can’t quit this bag!

Every day should be a bookish adventure.

Wear your heart on your bag.

Follow the road less traveled with this tote upon your arm.

We will probably even read two tons.

Keep your favorite book in this tote and you never have to stop reading.

Even George Orwell faced rejection. Let this tote remind you to try and try again.

You’ll be both happy and dignified when you tote this tote.

Make sure you bring this bag with you when you follow Alice down the rabbit hole.

Dare to be dangerous.

We won’t tell anyone where you’re hiding.

Cat got your tongue?

This tote is perfect for the reader who wants to take a bit of Sarah J. Maas’ ACOTAR world everywhere.

Let your nerd flag fly!

We know the feeling, Jane.

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Cozy Mysteries for Cold Weather

Brought to you by Berkley Publishing Group – official sponsor of Cozy Mystery Week

With the holidays upon us, there’s nothing better than curling up and getting cozy with a good book. Whether it’s solving crime with your favorite furry sidekick, making sure your best friends get their happily ever after, or proving your own innocence after being wrongfully convicted—these books have a little something for everyone.

“Let us now praise the cozy mystery, so comforting on dark days, so warming on chilly nights—the literary equivalent of a cat.”—The New York Times Book Review on Miranda James’ Twelve Angry Librarians

                                       

                                        

                                        

                                        

Need more recommendations for your TBR list? Be sure to check out other upcoming titles from Berkley!

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LibraryReads List

Favorite of Favorites 2017

LibraryReads has announced their 2017 Favorites of Favorites list that librarians across the country loved. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

Additional LibraryReads titles:

News of the World: A Novel, by Paulette Jiles
(William Morrow, 9780062409201)

Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz
(Harper, 9780062645227)

The Dry, by Jane Harper
(Flatiron Books, 9781250105608)

Beartown: A Novel, by Fredrik Backman
(Atria Books, 9781501160769)

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