As a relatively new blogger, I have joined several sites that provide electronic and physical review copies of books to bloggers. One of the biggest of these organizations is NetGalley. I feel like this is the perfect site for beginning bloggers like me for several reasons.
1. It is very easy to use and navigate. I had no trouble requesting and accessing books.
2. It introduces new bloggers to publishing companies and vice versa. For those like me who are too new and/or shy to directly contact the publisher, NetGalley acts as the messenger. All you have to do is fill out your profile and click a button to request books.
3. Free books, especially when not yet available to the public, are AWESOME! Getting ARCs honestly does boost my self-esteem and encourages me to pursue success further.
4. Publicity works both ways. Bloggers who are able to review a highly-anticipated book will most likely gain viewership, and the book will get more attention.
1. The uncertainty of being approved. I think part of the reason some people, including me, go crazy while requesting books is because a) we don’t know if we will get approved and b) publishers can take as much time as they want to approve books. It’s just so disorganized.
2. Cover inconsistency. I don’t think most people have this issue, but when I send books to my kindle, most of them have no cover. A few of them don’t even list the name of the book or the author. I also just generally like looking at the cover of the book I’m reading.
3. There is no way to un-request a book. There have been several times where I request a book by accident and then I get accepted to review. My ratio is absolutely awful. I think I have 22 books and 1 feedback so far, which brings me to the next segment of this post.
My Personal Review-a-Thon!
I will be spending the next two months reviewing as many NetGalley, Blogging for Books, and LibraryThing books as possible in order to clear my name. I encourage you all to do so as well. I hope to feel the satisfaction of cleansing myself of all reviewing obligation. Since i have 40-something review books in total, I will try to write shorter reviews with several books per post so I don’t spam you guys with random books. Wish me luck!
Can you relate to any of these points? I’d love to hear some of your experiences with these programs! Help me keep strong and remind me to hold back on book requesting!