Friday, April 12, 2013

NetGalley A Great Way to Find Books

 Ever wonder how all those bloggers get books to review BEFORE they come into print? Are you thinking that they all must be "in the know". Oh sure a lot of them hook up with book clubs, promo companies and even interact with the author BUT a huge lot of them use a source called NetGalley. 

For those who don't know exactly what netgalley is, it's exactly what it sounds like. Back in the day they would send the "galleys" of new books out to be read, reviewed, promoted, whatever.. I am sure some publishers still do.. I know some publishers still do. But Netgalley got an idea and boy did it work. Take all those opportunities, gather as many publishers that they can and get those galleys set up on the net.. hence the name NetGalley. You can go there sign up, fill out a profile and start requesting books to review. There are a wide assortment of publishers and genres to choose from so just about everyone will be attracted. If you do this make sure you write an excellent profile and show where you are going to review their books. If you don't have a blog.. well go ahead and use Amazon, B&N and Goodreads as your place of reviewing.. shoot even if you do have a blog use them. The more places you post the better your chances. 

"NetGalley is a service to promote and publicize forthcoming titles to readers of influence. If you are a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, you can use NetGalley for FREE to request and read titles before they are published."

I use NetGalley on a regular basis and the amount of books available continues to astound me. And not just from new or unheard of authors. Some of the big names use Netgalley!! Of course not all of them, I am still trying to break into the upper echelon where I get books from the likes of Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan, pre release.. but there are some names on the list that surprise me. Consider Terry Brooks.. a long standing fantasy writer with a HUGE following.. His Shannarra series is actually generational, as the first book came out in 1977. 

It's a great tool.. if you have an interest in reading and reviewing books, I suggest you give this a try.


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