Recipes for Success: What Makes A Good Review
Guest post: Cindy Minnich, Nerdy Book Club

Nerdy Book Club

Recipes for Success is back with more insight from bloggers you love! Did you know that Kristina will be moderating a panel at the BEA Bloggers Conference with some YA Book Blogging Pros? The panel will be on Wednesday May 29 at 11:15 am, but today I’m pleased to welcome one of the panelists, Cindy of Nerdy Book Club, as our guest blogger.

Continue reading for more insight about what makes a good review, as well as more information about how you can interact with NetGalley at and beyond BEA.

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 quick overview of Nerdy Book Club:

The Nerdy Book Club blog began in December 2011 as a home for the Nerdy Book Club Awards – grassroots awards that grew from conversations on Twitter among teachers and librarians about titles they and their students love. It has become a site devoted to literature for children and young adults, and it is written by those invested in promoting a love of reading to children and teens. Guest bloggers have written about their reading lives, their promotion of reading, and reviewed everything from wordless picture books to mature YA titles. We anticipate future reads with Advance Reading Copies (often from our friends at NetGalley), find current titles in bookstores, libraries and generous friends, and dip into past reading with retro-reviews of books we have loved. Our bloggers embrace their role in leading young people to the joy of reading.

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Recipes for Success: Benefits and Struggles of Blogging
Guest post: Danielle Smith, There’s a Book

There's a Book

Recipes for Success is back with more insight from bloggers you love! Did you know that I (Kristina) will be moderating a panel at the BEA Bloggers Conference with some YA Book Blogging Pros? The panel will be on Wednesday May 29 at 11:15 am, but today I’m pleased to welcome one of the panelists, Danielle of There’s a Book, as our guest blogger.

Continue reading for more insight about the benefits and struggles of blogging, as well as more information about how you can interact with NetGalley at and beyond BEA.

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 quick overview of There’s a Book:

I’ve been blogging about children’s literature from picture books to middle grade and young adult at There’s A Book since 2009. When I started it was solely for the purpose of reaching out to other parents and readers looking for good kidlit books to share with the kiddos they are around. My son at 18 months old could read and I found myself in a very small town with next to no resources. I started the blog with the hopes that I could share my experiences finding good books for my son and me to read even with little accessibility to books locally.

Since then my blog has changed some, but I still go back to my root cause for starting my blog. To help readers, no matter who they were, connect with books in a way that would be meaningful to them and the ones they shared them with.  My audience now encompasses a broader group that includes parents, librarians, booksellers and readers from every age.
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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?”

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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”

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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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Recipes for Success: Finding Your Voice

Hello bloggers and reviewers! Today marks Kate’s final Recipe for Success—thank you very much, Kate, for sharing your tips with our readers. In today’s Recipe for Succes she covers finding your voice as a reviewer, an important piece of the puzzle that can help your reviews retain cohesion and draw people back to your site. Do you have more burning questions about starting a new book blog? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter #NGextras, and we’ll ask some other pros their opinions!

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!

Ex Libris

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Recipes for Success: Prioritizing

This week Kate of Ex Libris is here to share her Recipe for Success about how to organize and prioritize. How do you prioritize your blog? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter using #NGextras

Next week Kate will be sharing some tips on how to Find Your Voice. Catch up on Kate’s previous Recipes for Success posts!
Starting a book blog
Review Policy
Focus

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!

Ex Libris

Prioritizing

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Recipes for Success: Focus

Hello, bloggers and reviewers. This week’s Recipe for Success is focused on… Focus! Kate of Ex Libris returns to talk about how to strategically focus the theme or content of your blog. Share Kate’s Recipe for Success with your fellow reviewers on Twitter using #NGextras.

Next week Kate will be sharing some tips on Prioritizing. Catch up on Kate’s previous Recipes for Success posts!
Starting a book blog
Review Policy

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!

Ex Libris

Does your book blog need focus? Continue reading “Recipes for Success: Focus”

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Recipes for Success: Review Policies

Hello, bloggers and reviewers! I hope you caught last week’s debut Recipes For Success post about first steps to creating a book blog. This week Kate, Ex Libris blogress, returns to share her Recipe for Success for crafting a great Review Policy. Share her tips with your fellow reviewers on Twitter using #NGextras.

Next week Kate will be sharing some tips on focusing your blog’s content.

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!

Ex Libris

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