Hello lovely people! I’m back today to talk to you about why I’m making November a dedicated NetGalley month.
Most book bloggers will know what NetGalley is but for anyone who doesn’t it’s an online service where you can sign up for free and request titles to review, usually in advance of their release. The premise is absolutely fantastic and it’s a huge help to bloggers, especially when starting out as it’s a great way to get yourself seen by publishers.
HOWEVER … (I know what you’re thinking, but this sounds so glorious how can there be a ‘however’?!) … as a lot of us do, when I first created my NetGalley account I went on a hell of a requesting spree. I never thought I would get accepted as my blog was super new and my stats weren’t great but the NetGalley gods granted me requests left, right and centre. It didn’t take long before I had a backlog but requesting books can be so addictive! Sometimes I wish I would start getting declined because then I
would might stop!! I’ll put it right out there: I am a NetGalley addict!
I know I’m certainly not the only person in this position, I mean, who can refuse the chance to read upcoming releases from their favourite authors for free and in exchange of a review? But I’ve reached a point now where looking at my NetGalley stats actually makes me feel anxious and that’s not good. I have loads of really great titles on there and now that I don’t have any upcoming until 2018 it’s definitely about time that I spent some time reducing that backlog.
The website suggests an 80% feedback ratio in order for it to look good for publishers – mine is currently at 37% – EEK!! (I know, it gives me chills!) I would love for it to reach 50% by the end of 2017 and I’m also not allowing myself to request any new titles until I’ve reached 50% now (fingers crossed nothing irresistible comes up!)
Which brings us to this month. When trying to decide upon my November TBR I realised this would be the perfect month to get through some NetGalley titles. There aren’t any huge releases I’m desperate to read this month so why not spend the time focussed on NetGalley in preparation for the new year.
I’m not sure I’m brave enough to share with you how many titles I have on my NetGalley (although, don’t be alarmed, it isn’t in excess of 100 which I know some people have *takes a deep breath*) but I will share some of the titles I have that I may read this month. I’ve not decided on a strict TBR, simply that (with the exception of my current read) all the books will be from my NetGalley shelf.
Here are some options for the month ahead …
Even when I look at these books myself I don’t know how I haven’t already jumped right in! What I do know is that this is just a portion of the amazing books I’ve got on my NetGalley shelf just waiting for me to dive into and I am determined to get to as many as possible this month!
Wish me luck, everyone!
Do you use NetGalley? Are you in a similar predicament to me?
Have you read any of these books? Which do you recommend I start with?