If you haven’t heard or signed up for Net Galley then you’re seriously missing out as it’s such a great service that is perfect for us bloggers! For those who don’t know Net Galley is a service that enables publishers and authors to upload books to its website prior to publication and allows “professional readers,” such as reviewers, to request copies. I’ve been a member since 2015 but I’ve never used it as much as I should, however now that I’m a student it’s perfect as it allows me to request and read books in exchange for an honest review.
I wish I’d read a post like this before I signed up as it’s such a new and exciting process and in order to get the most out of it, it’s best if you know the in’s and out’s before making some key mistakes like I did. So here’s a list of my top 5 tips for getting the most out of Net Galley! Enjoy!
1. Don’t go crazy with requesting books – Everyone does it, and that’s okay however you’ve got to be careful about meeting deadlines for reviews. I remember getting so excited about receiving ARC’s that I went mad with my requests and later ended up being very overwhelmed! The key is to only request a couple of books a month and to also downloads then asap as they are archived after a certain date.
2. Try to keep your reviewer rating above 80% – You are more likely to be approved if your reviewer rating is above 80%, so it’s really important that you keep on top of your reviews. However, this isn’t always the case as my current rating is 67% and I’ve recently been approved for some exciting new releases.
3. Take advantage of the ‘Read Now’ books – This is a perfect way for new members to build up their approval ratio which in turn makes it easier to get approved for other books. Find a title that sparks your interest then review them and post your feedback! It’s as easy as that!
4. Be honest with your reviews – Honesty is always the best policy, however, you have to remember that authors are people just like you and me and no one ever wants to read a horrible review. If there were elements that you didn’t enjoy, then try the classic sandwich format in which you give positive feedback, then negative, followed by another positive. It doesn’t feel too critical then, it just shows you’re honest. Also, it’s always good to just put a disclaimer at the start of your review, just disclaiming that you received that book from Net Galley. I just put something like ‘I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review’.
5. Don’t take rejection personally – I remembered being really offended when I was first rejected but there are so many different reasons for being rejected and most of them can be avoided easily. Don’t request a book if you’re not in the publisher’s region, that there is an automatic rejection however not to worry as there are usually other publishers in your region promoting the same book! Sometimes the publishers have a limited amount of ARC’s available so once they hit their limit that’s it. This only happened to me a couple of weeks ago, but it’s important that you don’t get discouraged!