Here I am trying to give advice on ARC’s with one month experience. Ladies and Gentlemen and people who are not Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s get started.
Is there craziness bottled down inside you that jumps up every time you are making a bio or creating a profile or at random times? I am really sorry to say that you have to keep it bottled down while making your profile on NetGalley or any other ARC sites. It is not as fun as Goodreads
If some of you don’t know what arc’s mean, the are basically the short form for ‘Advance reader’s copies’. Arc’s are copies of books whether it is a physical one, digital one or an audiobook one that are given for readers before it is published for promotional purposes. And man! Is it hard to get approved for one!
Small advices to get started on NetGalley
- Have a professional bio
My disappointment could be heard across the seven oceans when I learnt that. Who would drop a chance to scare people with their insanity?! NOT ME! But unfortunately, here, your profile is one of the most important factors to get approved. You have to keep it professional and not-screamy.
Things you need to include in your profile
~ Where you review all the books that you read. This is really important because publishers look for reviewers who have wide accessibility for sharing reviews of the approved books. Some publishers won’t approve you if you just review on sites like Goodreads and Amazon. You need to have a blog or other reviewing platforms. (One of reasons why I created this blog)
~Your social stats. Let’s just say you have Goodreads then you have to include your followers, your ranks, number of friends (not compulsory). You have to also include your (if you have one) blog stats, you know, stuff like unique views, followers et cetera. And a small advice, do feel guilty if your followers count is 70 but you show it as ‘75’. It’s totally okay to do that.
~ A small introduction to yourself, what kind of books you like and your favorite authors.
~ Links to your reviewing sites. (Your profile has to be public)
Here is how mine looks. I hope you’ll don’t copy it letter to letter. Its not much of a profile, but it’s something!
Hello! I like to read regularly and share my thoughts about it on Goodreads and my new blog. I like to read any genre but my favourites are classics and fantasy (middle grade and young adult)
I like to write review for all the books I read and share my exact thoughts with the rest of the community.
Some of my favourite authors are Rick Riordan, Holly Black, Leigh Bardugo, Jane Austen, Enid Blyton and Harper Lee.
My social stats on Goodreads:
#13 most followed in India
#16 best reviewers in India
#6 top reviewers in India
Link to my Goodreads profile:
I am just getting started on my book blog:
Best views ever: **
Just don’t over express your excitement. Publishers are
cruel hearted, heartbreakers, make others cry-ers, destroy your hopes strict people.
(Note: My social stats on Goodreads have decreased to 20’s as I was on hiatus for a week.)
2. Explore titles and publishers
Before you start requesting books, once check the publisher’s approval preferences. Some might not accept those who only post on sites like Goodreads or Amazon. Almost every publisher has a specific approval preference. If you don’t satisfy most of it, they might reject you. Well, there IS a probability of them accepting your request even if you don’t satisfy most of it just like how there is a possibility of them rejecting you even if you satisfy most of it.
See what kind of books you like and before you request a book, I am begging you, Check the publish date! Avoid requesting books that are/ will be published in the same month or within 30 days. Trust me, time is one thing that you’ll rarely find once you get the hang of NetGalley. Or any other sites for that matter.
3. Don’t over request
Once you create your profile, and do all the start up things, you will have the urge to request every single book that you lay your eyes on. Don’t. And before requesting, check the genre. TITLES ARE DECEITFUL! READ THE DAM DESCRIPTION! DON’T REQUEST BOOKS JUST BECAUSE THEIR COVERS ARE BEAUTIFUL. The last advice was an advice for me too.👀
Once you get the hang of it, start by reading ‘read now’ books because those are the books that you don’t have to be approved for. You might be rejected for many ‘hyped books that your friends are talking about’. That might sound rude but its the truth. Hey! That rhymed a bit! Make use of the ‘read now’ and ‘listen now’ books to improve your ‘feedback ratio’ and ‘the number of books approved and the number of books reviewed’.
~ ‘Feedback Ratio’
This is determined by the number of books you review after you got approved for it. The approval includes the read now books. I just got approved for a book and mine is currently 31%. Ahem *clears throat* moving on. . .
~ ‘The Number of books approved and the number of books Reviewed’
This thing is really important for most of the publishers. Let’s say ‘the number of books you were approved for is 12, then they expect ‘the number of books reviewed’ to be something around 10. You wouldn’t want the ratio to be 12:4 or 13:4(like mine) or else the publishers would have a hard time believing ‘I like to write a review for every book that I read’.
After you complete reading an arc, gather your thoughts together in the form of a review and send the feedback. Yay! Now your feedback ratio increases! I always love seeing it increase😌
Avoid the ‘I will not be giving feedback on this title’ as it might affect your performance on NetGalley. Try to come up with some sort of feedback and please. No 2-3 lines feedback. At least make in a big paragraph..
When you get approved for a book, most publishers want you to spread it as wide as possible. For you. If you have a blog post a review on that. You can post literally everywhere!
Tik Tok ✔
You can literally post it anywhere as long as its online. Well, you can post it on WhatsApp too if you want. Pretty sure the publishers wont be able to see them so…🥴
I reccomend you to read the digital editions on NetGalley Shelf app as the ‘Adobe Readers Edition’ tends to get messy sometimes. You can download the pdf only if you have ade. Shelf is better than ade, in my opinion at least. Don’t get me wrong, it does get CRAY CRAY but ade is CRAY CRAY-ier.
Read. Review. Repeat.
*Do NOT request books that you don’t want to read or get accepted for*
Things you shouldn’t be disappointed for
- When the book that you really want to read is in ‘wish for it’. Wish for it books are those that are mostly not available in your region and you’ll have a 0.001% probability of getting them. Happens to me all the time because most of the hyped books are not available in India.
- When you don’t like a book that you thought you would love. Don’t give up hope✊🏻
- When your ratio decreases.
- Most importantly, when you get declines for a book. This crushes most people’s hearts as they have high expectations. If you don’t get this book, you might get the next one. The one that sooths me is ‘Well, now my ratio wont decrease!’.
Lastly, books are all about enjoying with the occasional screaming, throwing the book, crying, emptiness after a character died, too much fangirling, crying, shipping, crying, and maybe a bit of happiness. YOLO
If you have any doubts, do let me know in the comments!