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Scavenger Hunt #2

Being the first to discover a new book is one of the greatest joys of a Book Advocate, so as part of the NetGalley Challenge, we’re hosting another special scavenger hunt. Starting at 10am EDT Tuesday, August 9th 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 awesome prize from a 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.

The scavenger hunt will end on Wednesday, August 10th at noon EDT. (On Friday, August 12th, we will notify 5 random entrants that they have won the sponsored prize!)

Clues:
#1: This author once wanted to be a soap opera star.
#2: This book is the first in a new series that will be launching a new publishing imprint.
#3: This author once interned at Elle magazine.
#4: This book made a cameo on a hit TV show!
#5: Last clue! The best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die said this is “A dark and twisty thriller which might just fill the Pretty Little Liars—shaped hole in my heart!”

And the answer to this week’s Scavenger Hunt is…
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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:

Commonwealth: A Novel, by Ann Patchett (Harper • 9780062491794)

The Risen: A Novel, by Ron Rash (Ecco • 9780062436313)

The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, by Belle Boggs (Graywolf Press • 9781555977498)

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries From a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben (Greystone Books • 9781771642484)

A House Without Windows: A Novel, by Nadia Hashimi (William Morrow • 9780062449689)

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NetGalley Author Interview

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes The Wedding Shop.

Two women separated by decades. Both set out to help others find their dreams when their own have crumbled. As Cora’s and Haley’s stories intertwine through time in the shadow of the beloved wedding shop, they both discover the power of their own dreams and the magic of everyday love.

The Wedding Shop

Request It!

Pub Date: August 16, 2016
Romance
Published by Zondervan Fiction

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The Power of Reviews

During our annual NetGalley Challenge, we’re focusing on our how our members help books succeed by writing and sharing reviews. We thought we’d back up a bit and look at how authors and publishers can first gain the attention of book advocates and then how to earn reviews for their titles.

By now, you’ve heard that book reviews matter. They are one of the linchpins that retail sites use to  create algorithms that can increase a book’s visibility,. “Effective frequency” is the concept that consumers are more likely to complete a purchase after having seen the product a certain number of times. There is no magic answer about what that number might be, but the point is that name -and visual-recognition is powerful. The more your title, book cover, and author name are out in the world, the better, and reviews contribute to that saturation.

So, how do publishers and authors break through the noise of the crowded space that is book publishing today? Not every author has a major budget to promote their book, so it becomes important to strategically focus on the most effective outreach possible. By soliciting reviews in a targeted way, an author will begin to see buzz increase—the more reviews out there, the more likely it is that the book will continue to be reviewed as new readers discover the title. As with any product, when readers are looking for a new book or author to discover they will crowd-source their decision by talking with friends and family, and by reading reviews.

Before you start, it is essential to determine your goals and temper your expectations.

Where would you like your book reviewed, and why?

Where is your target audience going for book recommendations?

What is your budget for offering review copies (whether print or digital)?

There are a few different types of reviews you may look for, all of which offer a different type of visibility:

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Scavenger Hunt

Being the first to discover a new book is one of the greatest joys of a Book Advocate, so as part of the NetGalley Challenge, we’re hosting a special scavenger hunt…Starting at 10am EDT today (Tuesday, August 2nd) we will release a new clue right here every hour, on the hour, that will 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 awesome prize from a 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 new clues (revealed hourly).
3) Fill out this form with your answer.
4) 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 Wednesday, August 3rd, we will notify 1 grand prize winner, and 10 runners-up (who have correctly filled in the form, and have shared the Challenge badge) that they have won the sponsored prizes!

Clues:

#1: It all starts with the author, and this one is used to escaping into fantastic worlds, having worked as a freelance writer for tabletop games before turning to novels.
#2: Inspired by Journey to the West and traditional Chinese and Japanese lore, this book features fearsome dragons with amazing elemental powers.
#3: Talk about making a huge splash! This author and this book were a hit across the pond before wowing readers in the U.S.
#4: This series has drawn comparisons to Doctor Who and Harry Potter with its adventurous, timey-wimey plot.
#5: This story takes us to the heart of one of Italy’s most vibrant cities, known not only for its colorful masks but its stunning canals.
#6: Last clue! This is the second book in a series featuring librarians, spies, fae, and more.

And the answer to this week’s Scavenger Hunt is…
Continue reading “Scavenger Hunt 8.2.16”

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Do you love being the first to read new books? Do you take pride in recommending books to others?

Shout it from the rooftops and join us as we launch our 4th annual NetGalley Challenge!

2016challenge_badge_130_p This year’s Challenge focuses on your book recommendations, whether it be on your blog, retail sites, to your patrons or colleagues. To participate, just submit a new review (or share an existing review) before August 12. If you do, you will earn the official Challenge badge as a permanent addition to your NetGalley account.

That individual goal will be easy for many of you dedicated book advocates! But books are not just a solitary passion, and we love the magic that happens when our members collectively embrace a new author or a surprise breakout book.

That’s why we’re also challenging the entire NetGalley community to submit a total of 25,000 reviews in just two weeks. And because we’re just as devoted to providing meaningful input on new books, we’ve redesigned the Feedback section on the NetGalley site! Take a look, and together let’s demonstrate to publishers and authors how vital and powerful we are when it comes to helping books succeed.

Take the Challenge:

1) Sign in to submit or share a review to earn the badge (and see the new Feedback section!)

2) Watch our webcast (for review tips, insights into how your reviews helps books succeed, and some great book recommendations!)

3) Keep an eye on your dashboard, the NetGalley blog, Twitter & Facebook
for fun activities, resources, and chances to win prizes!

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Good luck & happy reviewing!
Tarah Theoret
Community Manager

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Cover Love

July edition

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. . .The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco!

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 and followers.

Tell us in the comments below, which covers you’re loving right now, and they could be included in next month’s Cover Love!

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UK Books of the Month – September 2016

September heralds the start of the big autumn titles, which include more non-fiction and crime than we usually see during the rest of the year. The Book of the Month is one that we’re very excited about – Thomas Mullen’s Darktown – it is certainly shaping up to be one of our favourites of the year. We’ve also been really enjoying the return of Tana French, probably the finest crime novelists not to have yet hit the stratospheric heights she so richly deserves.

You may well also recognise A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart. We think this will be massive later in the year, so do request it if you haven’t already!

Book of the Month

Darktown
Thomas Mullen
Little, Brown
UK Edition
US Edition

Soon to be a major television series starring Jamie Foxx, Darktown is the story of post-war Atlanta, a city riven by an obvious racial divide. Emblematic of this is the 8-strong black police force who are disallowed from not only arresting white people, but also from driving a squad car. The inevitable tensions boil over when a black woman is found murdered having last been seen in the company of a white man – and two black cops, Boggs and Smith, risk everything to expose the truth. This is an absolutely essential thriller, one of the best we’ve read in some time.

Undertow
Elizabeth Heathcote
Quercus
UK Edition

In the crowded field of psychological thrillers, Undertow stands out as a clever and unusual take on the genre. Carmen is happily married to Tom, a successful London lawyer and divorcé with three children. She gets on perfectly well with Tom’s first wife Laura, who is resolutely polite and determinedly respectable, but there remains someone from Tom’s past that casts a shadow: Zena. Zena who was shockingly beautiful. Zena who drowned swimming late one night …

A Boy Made of Blocks
Keith Stuart
Sphere
UK Edition

Alex loves his son, Sam, but doesn’t understand him. Eight-year-old Sam is beautiful, surprising, and autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can’t solve on his own. But when Sam starts to play Minecraft, Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other. Inspired by the author’s experiences with his own son, A Boy Made of Blocks is a unique, funny and moving debut that will make you laugh, cry and smile.

The Trespasser
Tana French
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Edition
US Edition

Tana French is one of the very best crime writers around, and her character Antoinette Conway – tough, abrasive, doesn’t play well with others – is one that you really need to meet. Unpopular with her colleagues, Conway has a new partner and what looks like a slam-dunk case of a lovers’ tiff gone wrong. But gradually she realises there’s more going on: someone on her own squad is trying to push them towards the obvious solution, just as Conway is beginning to think otherwise …

The Eskimo Solution
Pascal Garnier
Gallic Books
World Edition

Evoking a very French world of mystery and secrets, Pascal Garnier has long been considered the true heir to Patricia Highsmith – and The Eskimo Solution is one of his finest works. A crime writer rents a house on the Normandy coast. There should be little to distract him from his work besides walks on the windswept beach, but as he begins to write, events in his own life begin to overlap with the work of his imagination.

As Weekends Go
Jan Brigden
Choc Lit
World Edition

Praised by Lisa Jewell as a ‘gorgeous love story, written with a sure touch and a big heart’, As Weekends Go asks the question: What if your entire life changed in the space of a weekend? When her friend Abi convinces her to get away from it all at the fabulous Hawksley Manor, Rebecca could never have predicted she’d meet famous footballer, Alex Heath, or that he would be the one to show her that she deserves so much more …

Born Scared
Kevin Brooks
Electric Monkey
UK Edition

Elliot is terrified of almost everything. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are his pills. But there’s a snowstorm and Elliot’s medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription, but does not come back. And so Elliot must face his fears and find her. She should only be 400 metres away. It might as well be 400 miles. The much anticipated new novel from the award-winning author of The Bunker Diary, recipient of the 2014 Carnegie Medal.

The Heartfix
Stella Grey
4th Estate
UK Edition

From the writer of the hugely popular Guardian column Midlife Exwife, comes the full, warts-and-all story of how Stella Grey tried to find a heartfix for a heartbreak. When her husband falls in love with someone else, Stella Grey embarks on a mission: to find love. Her journey is never dull, featuring marriage proposals, invitations to Tangier, badly timed food poisoning and much younger men – but will it be ultimately successful?

Timekeepers
Simon Garfield
Canongate Books
UK Edition

Not so long ago we timed our lives by the movement of the sun. These days our time arrives atomically and insistently, and our lives are propelled by the notion that we will never have enough of the one thing we crave the most. This entertaining and authoritative exploration of how and why time has come to rule our lives from the bestselling author of Just My Type is the perfect way to while away your hours.

Workstorming
Rob Kendall
Watkins
World Edition

This practical and insightful guide to the modern workplace is ideal for everyone hoping to be successful. Rob explains how and why your career path can depend so much on good communication at work. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic with clear steps for action and a key lesson. Using five simple ‘warning signs’ to watch out for, Rob explains how you can change the way you speak and listen in order to achieve a positive outcome.

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Exclusive Interview with Beth Revis

LYA01JustBoxA World Without You by Beth Revis has received a tremendous amount of interest on NetGalley–and we’re excited to share this special Q&A with Beth about the book and something cool she’s doing with Quarterly:

Beth is curating their first-ever Literary YA box! This box includes an exclusive version of A World Without You with Beth’s handwritten annotations, 2 more books hand-picked by Beth, and some fun bookish goods. Order your box now, plus get an exclusive 10% discount! Just enter the code: NETGALLEY at checkout. (Psst: Act fast, the box ships out this week! Subscribe by 7/22 to get it.)

NetGalley Author Interview

A World Without You

Pub Date: July 19, 2016
Teens & YA
Published by Razorbill

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Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into writing?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer; I remember writing a short story in first grade that was hung up on the teacher’s wall and feeling like it was destiny! Maybe it’s because I’m from the south, where nothing is ever fact, just a tale to expound upon, but fiction has been my first and truest love for as long as I can remember.

What is your favorite novel of all time?

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis changed my life. I read that novel when I was a little girl in my local library, hiding under the stairs that led to the children’s section. I’d read it before, but there was something about that moment when I realized that Aslan was a lion in a story, but also represented something more. That revelation that books where more than paper and ink and could have deeper meanings really impacted me and made me look at literature in a new way.

In your opinion, has there ever been a movie that is better than the book?

That is such a difficult question because it’s so, so rare. But I’m going to go with Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, in part because even he himself felt the movie added to the story in ways the book didn’t.

Which three authors would you invite to a dinner party?

JK Rowling, so she can tell me all about Hogwarts and make my fan fic dreams come true, Mary Shelley so we can talk about how useless Percy was and how cool it was that she invented horror writing in her spare time, and Oscar Wilde (no explanation needed).

In your book, Bo has the power of time-travel. What would your power be?

I don’t really want the power to travel through time, but I’d love the power to pause time. I just want to take a nap and read books without getting behind on all my work!

If you could visit one fictional world, which would you chose?

Hogwarts, after Voldemort’s fall. I don’t want to fight in the battles, I don’t want to live in peril. I just want to cast cool spells and hang out with Hagrid and play quidditch.

Do you have any advice for young writers?

When given the choice between staying inside and writing or doing something new, do the new thing. The best stories come from a life lived well, so constantly push yourself to explore and discover and meet new people.

What was the thought process behind curating your Literary YA Box?

I wanted to tap into the key values of the book. I feel like each book has a beating heart, and that’s what I wanted to reach. A World Without You is about time travel and death and life and reality and mental health and family and friendship, but the beating heart lies in the connections we all have to each other. It’s what the strings on the book cover represent, and it was a key part in developing the contents of the box.

Click here to get Beth’s Literary YA Box, complete with an
exclusive, annotated print edition of A World Without You!

What is your favorite thing that you have received in the mail?

Fan mail! I always hope that people read and connect to my words, and hearing back from readers that they read my book is really just awe-inspiring.

What is your longest running subscription?

I had a CD subscription service that saw me through my teenage years. I still remember struggling with the plastic to get to those CDs!

Exclusive NetGalley Question

What inspired you to write A World Without You?

I never know where an idea starts. It just sort of forms in my head, slowly bubbling to the surface. And then one day, it’s there. Characters and plot and story, and I just have to peel back the layers as I write to discover it all.

But I think, subconsciously at least, this story started with my desire to change the past. My brother struggled with mental illness growing up, and as a kid, I know I didn’t understand and didn’t handle it as well as I should have. Our relationship faltered. And then, one day, it was too late. So I wanted to change the past, at least fictionally, and wrote a story about time travel.

As I wrote, however, the story shifted. I found out I was pregnant while I was still drafting and editing the novel, and this story about the past became a story about the future as well. Regrets turned to hope. The end result is a book that I think blends what’s real and not, what happened and didn’t, what could be and what will never be.
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LibraryReads List

August 2016

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in August 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:

First Star I See Tonight: A Novel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
(William Morrow • 9780062405616)

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