Like the rest of the Carina Press team, I wear many hats in my day-to-day duties. One of these includes managing the NetGalley program. What is NetGalley you ask? NetGalley is a program that we use to distribute advanced reading copies (ARCs for short) to reviewers, booksellers, and librarians.
How does this work? Publishers, such as Carina, upload ARCs to the NetGalley public catalog. Members then browse the catalog and request titles that interest them. The publisher can either approve or decline the request.
I’ve been receiving quite a few questions lately about what criteria we use in approving or declining requests. So to clear up any confusion, I present:
NetGalley 101: How to Increase Your Chances of an Accepted NetGalley Carina Request
(Note: Each publisher on NetGalley has their own set of criteria for vetting requests. An acceptable public bio for one publisher doesn’t necessarily guarantee you approved requests from other publishers. The suggestions below will only help you receive approved requests for Carina Press titles only.)
1) Include A Direct Link to Your Reviews
If you are a reviewer, the very first thing I will look for in your public bio is a direct link to the reviews that you have written. If you don’t put anything else in your bio, except a direct link to your reviews, I am a happy camper.
If you are the sole reviewer on your book blog, the url is fine. However, if the book review site you contribute to for has 2 or more reviewers, then I would like you to provide a direct link to either your reviews or your profile on that site.
For example, if you review for Goodreads, LibraryThing, Amazon, or any other review aggregate website, I need the direct link to your reviews. These websites are very robust and each have a lot of members/reviewers, so a direct route to your reviews would be best.
Here is an example of a direct link:
Basically, I am looking to see that you are an established reviewer who has written a number of reviews.
2) You Regularly Update an Established Book Blog
If you have your own book blog, I am looking to see if you’ve been around 3 months or more, have some regular followers, and update on a regular basis (doesn’t have to be daily, but active).
3) Include Information on the Number of Unique Visitors You Receive in a Month
I’m looking at the volume of traffic your website receives to verify that you have an established book blog.
4) Put all Relevant Information at the Beginning of Your NetGalley Public Bio
Some NetGalley members put a lot of personal information in their public bios, which is cool, but this means that relevant information can get buried in your public bio which can result your request being declined because I didn’t see your direct link.
5) Criteria I Do Not Look At
Other publishers may require you to have some of the criteria listed below, but these factors don’t influence the approval process for Carina titles:
-The number of books or a list of the books you’ve read this year, month, etc.
-Work information that does not relate to books; I only look at work information if you are a bookseller or a librarian and then, whether or not you are responsible for adult fiction titles.
-Twitter or Facebook accounts
-Personal information about your family, friends, pets, etc.
-Information about your other interests that don’t pertain to books.