Netgalley is a website that provides eARCs ( digital Advanced Reader Copies) also known as egalleys or e-books. This means most of the books that are on this site have not yet been published. They deal with all of the major and many of the minor publishers. Netgalley is a great resource for bloggers and readers as long as you don’t mind reviewing the books.
Something to keep in mind is that Netgalley only offers digital copies of all the books, there are no physical copies available. This means you need to have an e-reader or some device that you can read e-books on. I personally use my iPad and the iBooks, kindle and Adobe Digital Reader apps to read the e-books. Most of the books you have to request a copy of but there are some books that are available for anybody with an account to read. They have a wide variety of books including manga, comics, fiction, non-fiction and more! There is something for everybody on the site.
If you are interested in becoming a member the first thing you have to do is set up an account. After your account is set up the next thing you have to do is put the information in your profile. Your profile is what publishers will look at when they are deciding whether to approve you for a book or not. So all of the important information needs to go in your profile and be easy to see. If you are a blogger you should link all of your social media accounts, your blog, etc. In the bio you should talk about yourself, your passion for reading and whatever else you want to say. It should also include the stats for your social media accounts such as how many twitter followers, Instagram followers, etc you have. This should be updated monthly to keep the information as current as possible. I will show you mine as an example.
Once your profile and bio are complete it is time to get started! Browse through the publishers catalogues and request what looks interesting to you. But keep in mind that as a new reviewer you are a lot less likely to get approved for big titles by big companies unless you have a ton of followers on your social media. Also, each of the bigger publishers have their own rules on what kind of people they will approve so make sure to read them before requesting. As I mentioned earlier you can read a bunch of books on Netgalley without having to request them so I suggest you start there. Don’t add too many titles to your account at once though as tempting as it may be. For every title you add but don’t review it drives down your completion average which shows how many requests are completed and reviewed. This is something else publishers look at when deciding to approve so you don’t want to bite off more than you can chew at first.
Now get to reading those books and reviewing them! When reviewing make sure to give your review on Netgalley as well as major retailers like Indigo, amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, your blog, etc. And you will need to attach your links of those reviews to you Netgalley review. For more information on how to do a Netgalley review read this article here.
One last thing, if you are a blogger Netgalley has a badge that you can add to your blog to show you’re a member in case a publisher checks out your blog. It looks great and is really easy to add to your blog. Look at mine in the sidebar to see what it looks like! (It is just under my social media buttons.)
Are you a Netgalley member? How do you like it? Want to read more of my Books on a Budget Blog Series? You can do so here.
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