How to get Approved on NetGalley

How to Get Approved on NetGalley

Today I thought I would share my top tips on how to get approved on NetGalley. If you don’t know what NetGalley is, and you’re a reader, today is your lucky day. NetGalley is an incredible platform where readers, reviewers, booksellers and more can access books early in exchange for a review.

I work in book marketing so I’m on NetGalley every single day. I’m also an avid reader, who reads more than 100 books a year, usually in ebook form so I’m also always on the platform as a consumer.

Here are my top tips on how to get approved on NetGalley as both a marketer and a reader.

Review the books!

Yes, an obvious one but often neglected. A lot of publishers don’t accept requests from readers unless they have a 50%+ rating (sometimes 80%+!) OR they have a fantastic platform – more on that shortly. If you request a load of books, get granted them and then don’t review them then your review rating will be very low. A lot of publishers limit the number of copies they send out pre-publication – after all, they’re a business – so if you want to be one of the chosen few get your review rating up.

Add your socials and platforms to your profile

There are five ‘member types’ on NetGalley: Bookseller, Educator, Librarian, Reviewer and Media Professional. If you’re a ‘Reviewer’ that means you’re profile is quite general and you’re one of many others. To stand out, ensure that you add your platform(s) where you review books to your profile. This can be your Goodreads and Amazon review pages, or your social media sites and/or blog. A publisher – me! – will check to see if you use them and when the last time you posted a review or some bookish content was. If it’s not active it’s irrelevant so only pick platforms you actually use.

Remember, Publishing is a Business

One of my biggest pet peeves as a publisher is when readers verbally attack me in my inbox for declining their request on NetGalley. Trust me, if I could share the books with everyone I would! But publishing is a business and authors need to get paid for their work. As such, publishers have to be selective about who and how many people get a copy of their books for free. The rules for who gets which book is entirely dependent on strategy and aims.

No one is entitled to a book just because it’s on NetGalley or because they have a solid review rating. So be polite, and don’t email-shout at someone for declining your request, or they might just decline every request from then on.

Review honestly, but kindly

This is less about getting approved and more about not getting blocked, always remember to review kindly. If you don’t like a book that is 100% okay – no one is going to love everything! – and you’re absolutely entitled to leave a 1-2 star review. However, never attack an author or the publisher for their work in your review. This is a solid way to get blocked from ever receiving a book from that author/publisher again.

Only request what you’re definitely going to read

This tip sort of ties in with tip no.1 about reviewing, but when you go on a NetGalley request spree – as I often do – only request books you’re genuinely going to read. In my early days of NetGalley, I would request every big book I could from publishing houses, only to read maybe one of them. Just because it’s been labelled the ‘next big book’ doesn’t mean you’re going to read it, and that will severely impact your review rating and your chance of getting books. Plus you won’t have time to read all the books you request if you request everyone. Be selective.

Make sure you login to NetGalley.co.uk OR NetGalley.com

There are technically two NetGalley’s you can login to: NetGalley.co.uk and NetGalley.com. As the URL suggests, one is for US titles/publishers and the other is for UK titles/publishers, but there is a lot of cross-over. It’s not the end of the world if you log in to co.uk or .com as the user experience is the same and a lot of the same books are on both. However, if you’re based in the UK and request a load of books via NetGalley.com some of those books may only be available to US readers because of rights. This means that that book is only available to purchase/sell in the US and not in the UK, so a UK reader may be automatically declined regardless of their review rating or their profile.

Another thing to note is that sometimes a book is published in the US and the UK at the same time under a different name/cover, as the US rights and the UK rights are separate. You can request both, but it’s likely you’ll only be accepted to review the one in your location and/or country where the rights are available.

Sign up for NetGalley emails

NetGalley send a lot of brilliant emails every day offering readers the chance to download books before anyone else, without needing to request! These emails are a great way to get your hands on a book you really want to read.

If you have any further questions about NetGalley – which is a fantastic platform and I do recommend readers use it! – let me know in the comments below. And if you want to hear more about NetGalley and how it works, check out Eleanor Marie Rose’s fab video about it.

Love Ellie x

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How to get approved on NetGalley

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