The 2014 NetGalley Wellness Challenge has officially come to an end (but you can still unofficially join at any time!)

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During this year’s Challenge we focused on how NetGalley members “book talk,” meaning how members get the word out about books they read on NetGalley. We provided suggestions and examples via email, social media, 2 live webinars, and in-person at BookExpo America.

Did you miss the Challenge? Check out our recap below, and take advantage of the helpful resources anytime!

image Nearly 2,000 members signed the Wellness Challenge Pledge!

image Over 900 members attended the Wellness Challenge webinars where we provided tips for using your NetGalley account, new features available, and tips for leaving Feedback. (Watch the recorded version here!)

image We met with many of our members (particularly bloggers, booksellers, and librarians) in-person at BookExpo America! We walked through their accounts, looked at their stats, their Profiles, and talked about the Feedback they leave and what other information they can provide publishers.

What you can do:

imageBefore you can leave Feedback in NetGalley you need to be approved for a title – to start out on the right foot, look at our Profile examples and suggestions in our Before You Request section. Keep in mind that Publishers make their approval decisions based on your Profile and Bio!

imageWant a quick way to assess how you currently “book talk”? Our Reader Checklist that will provide best practices when leaving Feedback to publishers in NetGalley.

imageNeed more of a visual? Watch our recorded webinar that shows you an actual NetGalley account and how to navigate important sections, submit Feedback, what Feedback you can submit, and what is the most valuable to publishers.

image For tips from other Professional Readers and industry professionals, read our Recipes for Success blog series!

image Follow us! We’re always providing tips, updates on new features, and new titles available on NetGalley. Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest #MyNetGalley

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image We continue to hear first-hand from publishers how word-of-mouth can truly help make or break a book’s success.

Today Dina Sherman, School & Library Marketing Director at Disney Book Group, has some words for our members:

“‘Professional’ reviews are essential as marketing tools, but it’s reader reviews (from teachers, librarians, booksellers, bloggers) that really get us excited about our books. Both staff and authors want to know that people like, or even better, love, the book as much as we do!

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Probably my favorite NetGalley review of all time was for CODE NAME VERITY.  It was an in-house favorite (OK, let’s be honest, an in-house obsession) from the first time we read the manuscript. We talked about it all the time, shared it with every person we met, but couldn’t quite sum up our feelings.

Then came this wonderful reviewer*, who wrote, “Suck it, Hemingway.”  Exactly! It became our rallying cry and we would say it in meetings whenever we were trying to express our feelings about the book. It certainly helped us keep pushing to get it out into the world.”

* Written and submitted by Katherine Montgomery, educator

You can view Disney Book Group titles on NetGalley here to request and review.

Take a peek at our best practices for Feedback here (whether you’re a blogger/reviewer, librarian, bookseller, media professional, or educator), and don’t forget to sign the Wellness Challenge Pledge!

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Recipes for Success: 5 Top Tips for Writing a Book Review

At NetGalley, we’re always looking for new ways to help our members improve their chances of being approved, and give better feedback. So we’ve put together a video of top tips for reviewers – as compiled by Stuart Evers, NetGalley’s UK Community Manager. Stuart’s a published writer in the UK and has written hundreds of reviews and blogs for some of the UK’s biggest publications, and these are his top 5 ways to make your blogs and reviews more effective. Let us know what tip you found most helpful below, or via Twitter #NGextras

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.

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Recipes for Success: 8 Tips for Writing Good Book Reviews (or, A Neon Sign at the Topless Bar of Literature)

Guest Post: Janice Harayda, novelist, award-winning journalist, and founder and editor-in-chief of One-Minute Book Reviews

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We’re thrilled to welcome Janice Harayda to the NetGalley blog. After being fortunate enough to hear her panel on book reviewing at the 2012 BEA Bloggers conference, we’re so pleased she’s shared this updated version of her remarks as part of our Recipes for Success series. Janice Harayda is a novelist and an award-winning journalist who has been the book columnist for Glamour, the book editor of the Plain Dealer in Cleveland and a vice-president of the National Book Critics Circle. You can read more of her comments and tips on reviewing here, and follow her tweets at @janiceharayda.

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.

A well-known book critic once said that she hoped that her reviews would be “a soft light in the alcove of art.” Some of the books I’ve reviewed have made me feel more like a neon sign at the topless bar of literature. But I share that critic’s view: A reviewer’s most important task is to help you see a book clearly and, especially, to show its uniqueness. A question I ask every day is: How can I show how this book differs from all others? And I’ve tried to develop a few guidelines for answering it. Continue reading “Recipes for Success: 8 Tips for Writing Good Book Reviews”

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