Fictionophile’s tips for new NetGalley users

NetGalley memberNote: This blog post has been updated May 17, 2017

For avid readers, readers who like to share their reading experiences by reviewing, and pretty much any book blogger – NetGalley is a dream come true.NG Sticker Feeds My Reader

 

 

 

So many books!  And all you have to do is review them…   LOL big-grin-smiley-emoticon

 

Be CAREFUL to curtail your enthusiasm!  All NetGalley newbies get carried away at first.  They (me included) request, request, request.   Remember your end of the bargain.  The publisher and author expect a review – a timely review – somewhere near the publication date preferably.  If you really don’t expect to hold up your end of the bargain, then DON’T request the title.

Blog often and keep all your links up to date!


Fill out your NetGalley profile!  The reason that NetGalley exists is to promote the sales and reading of the books provided.  They want to ‘build the buzz’ about their books. Include in your profile anything that lets publishers know that you WILL help publicize their titles.  NetGalley has provided some helpful hints for filling out your profile.  As a book blogger I have included in my profile the name and address of my blog, the size of my audiences, where else I recommend books (GoodReads, Twitter, Amazon, etc.)  If any of the information on your profile changes, then update the info!

NetGalley prefers a feedback ratio of 80% AND… once you do attain it you have to badge_80maintain it.  You lose your lovely 80% badge the minute you drop below the coveted 80%.  I’ve had it twice.  As you can see, I have some reading to do in order to get it back again…

Get a Kindle.  It make life SO much easier.  Use the handy dandy Send to Kindle button provided by NetGalley and the book will appear on your Kindle as if by magic.magic-wand

No fooling around with loading.  You have to ensure that you have submitted your Kindle’s email address to NetGalley and that you have kindle@netgalley.com on your Amazon Approved Personal Document E-Mail list.  Here are the full instructions from NetGalley.  Once you have your Kindle account set up with NetGalley, download your titles a.s.a.p.!  I found out the hard way that if you don’t download the titles right away, they might become archived and you will have missed your opportunity!  Don’t return in a months time and assume they are still available for download.


If you are new and haven’t yet garnered any kind of reputation on NetGalley, then rather than request books, you can choose from the ‘Read now‘ selection.

read nowIf you use these books as a jumping off point – and review them in a timely manner – your reputation will improve and you will find yourself with more approvals than rejections.

rejectedRejections are a part of the NetGalley experience.  Don’t take them personally.  If you’ve done your bit by maintaining your profile, reviewing in a timely fashion, and keeping your feedback ratio at an acceptable level AND you still get rejected requests there are a number of possible reasons why.  The main one for me is that the publisher is not in my ‘region’.  I can’t quite figure it out, because some of the publishers that are out of my region have granted me auto-approval ???  Also, I think the publisher has a limited amount of free digital ARCs for some of the most popular titles.  Once they hit their ‘limit’, you’re out of luck.  The long and the short of it is: Don’t get discouraged.  If at first you don’t succeed, then try, try, again.

book-reviewsBe honest in your review.  If you couldn’t finish the book, if the book just wasn’t your ‘cup of tea’ then state this in your review.  I have found that this hasn’t happened to me very often because for the most part I chose the title in the first place.  But sometimes publishers will invite you to read a title that is just not what you would have chosen…

NetGalley has published some tips for writing reviews.

Always include a disclaimer in your review. If you received any book/product free of charge in exchange for a review, the FTC rules that you MUST disclose this in your review!  Here is a link to the FTC guidelines.

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Post your NetGalley badges on your blog!  You’ve earned them so let others know.  I also put them on my Goodreads profile page.

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Let NetGalley know the type of books you like to read.  Here is what I have chosen:

Also, let NetGalley know who your favorite publishers are.


After you submit some reviews and the publisher likes those reviews you might get a ‘top reviewer‘ badge.  Reviewers receive this badge when three or more of their reviews have been added to any NetGalley title details page by a publisher. (To see which reviews have been added just go to your Shelf, then under Feedback Sent you will see a little icon next to the titles where your review now appears on its Title Details page.) favorited_reviews


Then there may come a happy day when you are ‘auto-approved‘ by a publisher!  You earn this badge if you are auto-approved by four or more publishers!   That means that you have free access to all of that publisher’s titles on NetGalley!auto_approvals

 

When you have submitted a certain number of reviews to NetGalley, you will get an additional badge.  

 

Enjoy your NetGalley experience!

I have joined some groups on Goodreads that have been created for NetGalley members.  It is a great way to share the NetGalley experience as well as a way to socialize with like minded people.  The NetGalley Readers Group and the NetGalley Addicts Support Group.

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Remember – Reading and reviewing should be an enjoyable experience.  Don’t over request and over-extend yourself.  What should be fun will turn into a chore.

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I’d love to hear from other book bloggers/NetGalley users if they have any insight to share.

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About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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43 Responses to Fictionophile’s tips for new NetGalley users

  1. Great article. I’ve just gotten back into Netgalley and am loving it. Got up to 70% finally.

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Great Erin. I’m at 72% now, but expect I won’t get to 80% anytime soon. I keep seeing titles I ‘have’ to have. LOL

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  2. I absolutely love Netgalley.

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  3. Really good tips! I went book happy and downloaded a few books I have yet to finish! Lol

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    • Fictionophile says:

      NetGalley must be used to it. There are a LOT of us out there who lacked willpower in the beginning.

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      • How do you know if they accept or reject a request for a review?

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      • Fictionophile says:

        They will send you an email if your request is granted. It will include a link to where you can download it from NetGalley.
        Also, they will send you an email if they reject your request. It will usually say that you should update your profile, or that you are out of region, etc.
        Sometimes, if they don’t make a decision, you will not get an email one way or the other. These requests are considered to be ‘pending’. Some are left hanging indefinitely. Thankfully this is a very small percentage. Have fun with NetGalley.

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      • Sorry if my question is silly. I just signed up not long ago. Lol

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      • Fictionophile says:

        You know what they say…. There are NO silly questions. NetGalley is a learning curve.

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  4. This is a great post, thanks. After being an avid book reader and reviewer for most of my life, I’ve only fairly recently started my own book blog. Hand in hand with that, I registered on Netgalley. Like many others, I dashed out of the starting stalls too quickly by requesting a lot of books, and although quite a large number were declined (probably due to my status as a newbie), I also had a number of them approved. So, now I have a lot to read and review and I’m feeling the pressure. Anyway, I wanted to ask the Netgalley pro’s – is there a way of setting up a “notification” so that I can be advised of new titles added to Netgalley that are in my preferred categories? Or how does one know when a new book that you’ve had your eye on has been added to Netgalley? Is the only way to view the “recently added” category? Many thanks. Kim (The Buzzing Bookmark).

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    • Fictionophile says:

      As far as I know the only way to keep abreast of new titles in your preferred categories is to frequently visit the NetGalley site. This is a good thing for people like me who have NO self-control. If they were to send me notifications I would have an even longer NetGalley TBR than I do now. At present I have 75 titles to read for NetGalley, 48 titles to read for Edelweiss, and another 14 titles for individual publishers and/or authors. Happy book-blogging! I’m off now to check out your blog…

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      • Ha Ha..I think you might have a point! If I was being notified of new books every day or two, I’d be drowning in new things to read. This way, at least I can try and stay away from Netgalley until I’ve read a few more books. I’m fairly new to the formal process of blogging and writing reviews and so my blog is still a work in progress…but I’m happy with it so far. I’ll need to fill it with more content in the new year, perhaps author interviews and that type of thing. I’d also like to try and add a small section for reviews of children’s books. Thanks for the Netgalley tips. It was a great read. Hugs.

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  5. Thank you for your post :). As most people I fell under the spell of over requesting, and I still do sometimes. Also, I am a bit obsessive compulsive and have issues with not reading books till the end, which is not good when something you requested is not quite what you were expecting. Still working on both aspects, but Netgalley has been a real treasure box.

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  6. Regina Fujitani says:

    How do you post your badges to Goodreads?

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Hi Regina. You simply go to NetGalley and click on “Show your pride. Share your badge.” Each one of your badges will have html. You copy and paste the html for each into the “About me” section of your Goodreads profile. Let me know if you have any trouble.

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  7. Jenner says:

    Can you use html in a netgalley profile? I can’t find any info on this and am not sure it the way I view the profile is the way pubs see it as well. Thanks in advance!

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    • Fictionophile says:

      I just tried adding some html to my NetGalley profile and it didn’t work for me. I’m not sure what the publishers see, but hopefully they see our badges at the same time as our other information.

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  8. Teresa O'Halloran says:

    Just wondering how do I add my NetGalley badge to my GoodReads profile? Can anyone help?

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Hi Teresa,
      On NetGalley click on the “Show your pride. Share your badge” link. You will see html coding for each badge. Copy the html and
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      On Goodreads paste this html into the “About Me” section of your profile.
      Good Luck!

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  9. Diane Coto says:

    Just found this post. Very helpful advice that I wish I had before joining NG. I had the ‘kid in the candy shop’ experience when I first joined and could not read them all timely. As a result, I’m still trying to work through them little by little. I’m finally at 73% approval rating, but I think because of my hoarding, none of the publishers are auto-approving me. 😦

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    • Fictionophile says:

      I’m with you Diane. I’m standing at 66% approval rating. Luckily I’ve got a few pre-approvals but haven’t taken full advantage of them because I want to get my percentage up.

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  10. Yvo says:

    Thanks for the tips, this was a really helpful article! I will be looking forward to using Netgalley.

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  11. BookBarmy says:

    Really enjoying Fictionophile – just discovered you.
    Thank you for the great advice re: Netgalley. I am guilty of over-requesting and as a result, can not possibly achieve the targeted 80% feedback ratio. I will heed your input and try to only request books I know I will read. (Like Louise Penny’s newest – yay!).
    Thanks again for the Netgalley reality check
    http://www.bookbarmy.com/

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  12. Glad I read this post! I didn’t know that I should be saying that I received the book for free in exchange for a review so I went back and edited my old reviews that I have posted in the past. Thank you so much for your help!

    http://ericaskindle.blogspot.com

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  13. carlissa904 says:

    Thanks for the tips, they’re very helpful! I do have a question, though: how do you put the badges in your Netgalley profile? The coding they provide works in my Goodreads profile, but not at NG, it just displays the coding and not the image.

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    • Fictionophile says:

      The html coding NetGalley provides is for
      your own blog and/or Goodreads.
      The badges are already on your NetGalley dashboard so there is no need for them to be on your NetGalley profile.

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  14. lucciagray says:

    Thanks. This was very helpful.

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  15. For me the key is ratio- the all important feedback % relates to the ratio of books requested/feedback sent. So if you have 30 books on your shelf to be read and reviewed (doesnt matter if they are not published for a few months and that you have time to get round to them) they are counted as not given feedback until you do -so reduces your percentage – the key is to not request too many at a time – i.e not have too many sitting on the shelf at any one time that will lower your ratio. My ratio is 95% at the moment- I have about 10 on my shelf I have had 333 approved and sent feed back for 316 (10 sitting on shelf and a few I did not send feedback for) 316 /333 = 95% . Hope that makes sense? The trick is to request books you really want as soon as you see them (other wise the publisher could run out of review copies) and still not have too many sitting on your shelf at any one time.

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  16. Great write up!
    I’m still trying to navigate and understand NetGalley. I have only received and reviewed one boom so far so I’m at 100% so far lol. Looking forward to reading more and growing my presence there.

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  17. Betty says:

    Reblogged this on Bookish Regards and commented:
    Excellent advice here and a must-read for people who are new to Netgalley or want to sign up. Check it out!

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  18. You did a great job on giving guidelines to new Netgalley users. I only noticed the 80% in December when I had been away for over 6 months and I was lucky to see it at 78%, 1 book read and reviewed and I am back to 80%. I think this feature is new??? I should add my Netgalley badges to my blog, didn’t think of this either.

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  19. Christine says:

    Well done, Lynne. Also a lot of people think the archive date is the date to read by. The most important date is publication date–that’s your goal for when to get your review posted by. The only think that happens on the archive date is that you can no longer download an approved book if you haven’t done so already; hence, Bibliophile’s advance to download as soon as approved.

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  20. Really insightful article. 🙂

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  21. Thank you for this post! I use netgalley and I think it’s an awesome way to find new books and authors. Thanks for the tips and trick, these will come in handy! xx

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  22. I’ve literally just set up a Netgalley account and had my first acceptance, so this post came at a really good time for me! Thanks for the useful tips and tricks, really great post. 🙂

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