It’s that time again–when the lovely Emily of Red House Books declares a “month-long read-a-thon of awesome” for NetGalley titles! This time the month is October, but the goal is the same: read as many NetGalley books as possible, hopefully making a dent in your TBR e-piles :)
We at NetGalley love seeing how many bloggers sign up and how many books ultimately get consumed by the end of the month. Keep us updated on your progress on Twitter with the #NetGalleyMonth hashtag! Plus be sure to follow Emily @WilowRedHouse for news/prizes/etc.
All the info is below, and stay tuned for our next post at the end of the month with the list of participating bloggers.
Everything you need to know is in Emily’s “DECLARE YOURSELF” post — but for those of you who are new to this, here’s a quick rundown:
(Thanks to Sarah from Workaday Reads for creating this cute button!)
Registering and Filling Out your NetGalley Bio:
After you log in for the first time, make sure to fill in your Profile and Public Bio, so publishers know who you are and what you do. The information in your bio is what publishers see when deciding to approve your galley requests.
It’s very important to check the Publisher Approval Preferences page for guidance. Publishers are telling you exactly what they’re looking for in your Bio in order to approve you, so be sure to follow their advice!
And don’t forget to indicate if you are a member of any Associations, like the ALA or ABA (under Account Information).
*HINT* In your Profile, the “Company” should not be the same as your first and last name, or else publishers might not be able to see your Public Bio when you request titles. Please at least put an underscore (example: first_last) to avoid the issue. Thanks!
Requesting and Getting Approved
Make sure to check the Before You Request page. Check out the Public Catalog of available galleys to find titles you want to request. You can browse by Publisher or by Genre, and of course search by Title, Author, etc. You can also find out what publishers are looking for when they approve requests. Then just click “Request!” to send your request to the publisher.
Remember that some publishers take longer than others to go through their pending requests, so try to be patient! You’ll get an email notification as soon as your request is either approved or declined.
You could also get an email that says “You’ve been auto-approved.” What does this mean? Individual publishers can auto-approve individual NetGalley members for all their titles in the catalog. This means that when you press the Request button for that publisher’s titles, you’ll receive the galley immediately on your home page. If you are auto-approved by a publisher, you’ll receive an email saying: “You have been auto-approved for any of Publisher’s titles in the NetGalley catalog. Next time you click the REQUEST button for one of their titles, you’ll be automatically approved. Congrats!”
While you’re waiting to hear if your request is approved, this is a good time to do these three things:
1. Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book, so you’ll be sure to receive emails from NetGalley.
2. Be sure to download Adobe Digital Editions, the program you’ll need to view galleys. The download is quick and free here.
3. Check out our NetGalley Features and sign up to receive our Newsletters by Genre here.
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