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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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?”


New Year, New NetGalley!

Dear NetGalley member,

Welcome to 2013—a new year, with a new NetGalley! Do you remember how NetGalley looked at the start of 2012? (Refresh your memory.) My, how we’ve changed—and grown, too: last year at this time there were 50,000 NetGalley members. This year? We’re kicking off 2013 with over 92,000 reviewers, bloggers, media, booksellers, librarians and educators using our free service for professional readers. Whether you just joined, or you’ve been a member since the beginning, we want 2013 to be your best year with us, so here are some helpful hints to maximize your NetGalley experience.

First and foremost, make sure publishers know who you are! Quick ways to improve your profile:

  1. NEW! Add a profile photo to your account. You can now add a photo that is only visible to yourself and the publishers when you request a title. For help uploading a photo, click here.
  2. Update your Company/Affiliation. If you’ve changed jobs recently, make sure to indicate which company/organization you are affiliated with.
  3. Add links for your blog, LinkedIn, and Twitter handle. These three elements (if applicable) will help publishers see where you are posting reviews and how you are recommending new books.
  4. Fill out your Bio. This is a perfect place to include your website/blog and social media stats, sample reviews, where/how you share your reviews and any other relevant information that explains how you spread the word about books. Please click here to view our tips and suggestions for specific member types.
  5. Update your Associations and Categories. Use the drop-down to indicate if you’re a member of any Professional Associations, like the ALA or ABA. It’s also very important to select the genres you are most interested in under Preferred Categories, so we can recommend books you’ll like!
  6. Add your country. NetGalley is international! With so many publishers worldwide now using NetGalley, it’s become important for publishers to know what country you reside in, so they can make sure they have territory rights to share galleys with you.

Don’t forget, NetGalley will NEVER reveal your address, phone or email without your permission. Use the “Visible to Publishers” check-boxes to customize what publishers can see.

Throughout the year, make sure you’re getting the most out of NetGalley!

  • Make sure your Profile is updated often. Each time you make a new request, publishers check your Bio and decide to approve/decline. Make sure they’re seeing the most up-to-date information.
  • Provide feedback for approved titles. Publishers want to hear from you! There are two different ways to provide feedback for a title. You can notify the publisher of a full review (make sure to include where and when the review will be posted), or you can send a short note to the publisher. Even if you’re not a blogger/reviewer, you should still provide Feedback—see tips here. Short notes can consist of why you have decided not to finish reading or review a title, if you will be purchasing the title for your library or bookstore, and any other comments you think the publisher will find useful.
  • Let us tell you about new titles. Subscribe to our newsletters by genre, and we’ll tell you about upcoming titles that fit your interests. Publishers often give our newsletter subscribers sneak peeks at forthcoming titles, or special auto-approval. Don’t miss out!
  • Visit our Knowledge Base to learn all about NetGalley. Read our helpful FAQs anytime, and if you still need help, you can always contact us by clicking on Contact Support.
  • Tell us what you think! Have an idea for something new you’d love to see, or a specific way you want to use the site? We always love to hear from you, and our development is a direct result of feedback from our members and publishers.

For additional tips, check out our Before You Request page!

Now that you know all the tips and tricks, why not make a New Year’s Resolution? Tell us your NetGalley Reading Goal for the year on Facebook or Twitter with #NG2013

Happy New Year, and Happy Reading!
The NetGalley Concierge Team