Book Blogging 411: Netgalley Rejection???
Jun • 21 • 2011
“Why do I get rejected from certain titles on Netgalley?”
As a blogger, I see a lot of bloggers asking as to why they get rejected from certain titles. I can safely say that I have only been rejected twice. Pretty much everything I request, I get. You can say I’ve been lucky but after this post I’m not so sure. I’m might stir up a frenzy. I am not an expert on it. But I have been on Netgalley for over a year and have learn a few things along the way. I don’t mean to offend, but this is just what I know. Here’s what I’ve learn and what you can do to help you get those titles that you want.
1. Review on TIME!
If you go to Netgalley, they will tell you that you are under no obligation to review the book, etc. That is not true. Under Netgalley yes, but under the publisher you are. Because technically the publisher approves your request, not Netgalley.
“After you hit the REQUEST button in the NetGalley catalog, your request will be sent to the publisher, and you will receive an email notification if your request is approved or denied. If approved, the galley will be in your NetGalley account.” (via Netgalley Before you request page)
I’ve noticed that if you request a book, but do not review it on time, or post a review, it is most liklely you will not get approved for the next book that the publisher will put out. Because you just showed them that you can not review a book on time. If you request a book from Netgalley, review it! Don’t let it sit there. The publisher knows who they sent the e-book to and who reviewed it.
2. Update your public bio monthly
Most bloggers don’t do this. Under your public bio it is best that you update it monthly. The publisher wants update stats on your blog, blog followers, reviews, etc. Also include your blog url, your follower count, and email. DO NOT LIE! They will visit and see your blog. Just be honest. If you are not sure what to put, you could put something like this.
This is my public bio:
I am an avid reader who likes to read and review Young Adult Literature. I will post all links for the review on Good Reads, Library Thing, Face book, Twitter, Borders, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and of course on my blog. I will post a link to the post in the review as soon as it goes up.
Blog url: http://www.bookswithbite.net
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
As of 6/16/2011 Currently have over 1000 followers
In the your public bio, under Company, put your blog name there. This is the first thing the publisher sees when you request a book on Netgalley.
“*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!” (Via Netgalley Before you request page)
Simple and to the point.
3. Posting links when review is up and done.
When you are done writing your review, it is important to post links to your review. Umder Manage My Reviews, click on the the little pencil that say write above it. This is where you post your review. Write you review. When you are done with your review also add this at the bottom:
Post Date: When the review will go up on the blog (Ex, 7/1/2011)
Blog url: Your blog URL (Ex. www.bookswithbite.net)
Review link: Link to your review when it goes up
I know this seems like a lot, but the publishers wants this. After that, you click Review Complete and it is sent off to the publisher.
“Most publishers will appreciate if you also include a link or other information with the review that says where the review will be published.”(Via Netgalley Before you request page)
4. Requesting a book that is not of your genre
I know bloggers all have different preferences. Some do just YA, Paranormal, etc. But lets say you just do YA on your blog and you request some new cowboy romance novel, you are most likely will not get it. Why? Because your blog is just YA. If you do a mixture of it, make sure you add that to your public bio. Make sure it is also a mixture on your blog. Let the pubs know what you read and what you do not read.
“Blog content must be relevant to book requested (e.g., a YA blog requesting a romance novel or a paranormal site requesting a historical romance are less likely to be accepted)” (Via Netgalley Approval Preferences)
5. Frequently Blog
I know we are all busy. We have jobs, husbands, children, families, etc. But in order to get titles on Netgalley you must be a frequent blogger. You can’t blog for a month, disappear for two, then request. They look at your blog, they see what you’ve posted.
“Have a book review blog that has been updated fairly recently.” (Via Netgalley Approval Preferences)
6. You must have followers
I feel so sad about this one cause this is why I got rejected on those first two I requested. But it is there, in clear plain words. Some publishers only approve for 1000+ followers.
For Ex. Penguin
“Please note that at this time we are only approving review requests from blogs with 1,000+ followers. Please be certain to state in your profile the number of followers you have. Additionally, review requests are approved at the discretion of the publicist.” (Via Netgalley Aprroval Preference)
I hope this helps to those who are confused as to why they don’t get the titles they want!
If you have any other questions, you can go here for more Approval Preferences.
If you have a question on Book Blogging you can email me at bwithbite (at) gmail (dot) com