Musing: Keeping Up with NetGalley Approvals

20140504-141055.jpg Do you use NetGalley? It’s a repository full of advance copies of books that haven’t been published yet. You fill out a profile page, peruse the available books, and request the ones you want. Publishers approve or decline the requests, and if they approve one, you can download an electronic copy for free. Yes, free! FREE BOOKS! Then you read, write a review, post it, and boom, you’re done.

Well, actually, if you’re like me, you end up selling your soul for these “free” books. The books have publish dates and archive dates associated with them, both of which create pressure to read fast, review fast, and move on to the next one.

I’m actually a little bit proud of my NetGalley achievements. I’ve been approved for 117 books since last July, and I’ve read 101 of them. I have a handful to read in May and June.

Then I have THE EIGHT. The eight NetGalley books that were published in 2013 that I just haven’t gotten to. That’s what the picture is up there. The eight unread, need-to-be-read NetGalley books.

They’ve been on my kindle for so long that I’ve lost all excitement for them. But there are only eight. I should get going and get them over with.

Any ideas which one I should start with?

–calliope

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6 thoughts on “Musing: Keeping Up with NetGalley Approvals

  1. Can just a plain ole reader, mom, army wife, volunteer…..get books from NetGallery? Even if I don’t have a blog, book store, and am not a publisher or editor?

    • Yes. Many publishers want a large audience for your reviews, so they want to know if you have a blog or a Facebook page. However, all that is usually required is posting a review on Goodreads or Amazon or B&N.

      It seems the more I review for a certain publisher, the more likely that publisher is to approve my subsequent NetGalley requests. It took Harlequin a long time to find me worthy. 🙂

  2. I just started with netgalley and assumed I would get turned down for a few so I requested a few it didn’t happen and now I’m a little stressed. Any advice?

    • Just keep requesting. And if you have written some thoughtful reviews on GoodReads or Amazon, provide a link to them in your NetGalley profile. Publishers offer the advance copies so they can get some reviews out there in the public eye. They want to know that your reviews are going to help sell books.

      Also, I notice that sometimes I don’t hear back about my requests for weeks… even months… and then one day all the approvals and rejections come a bunch at one time. So have some patience.

      And when you’re a world famous blogger with hundreds of approved NetGalley books and no time to read them, you’ll be writing a blog post like this one. 🙂

  3. I have loads of unread ones, I will get to them, I am trying, just trying to read the ones that are published soon just now, then get to some of the back log. I say read Happily Ever After first, sounds nice 🙂

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