As a new book blogger, it can be difficult to get recognized by publishing companies as "worth the investment." Without a good number of references and online clout, it's easy to get ignored by the bigger houses as they seek new reviewers. However, a new website has started changing all of these things and oh my stars I am in love...
Welcome, readers, to NetGalley, an online hub of pre-released books from every genre. (Yes! Even poetry! Hooray!) As described by the website: "NetGalley delivers secure, digital galleys to professional readers. If you are a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, you can use NetGalley for FREE to read and request titles before they are published."
NetGalley makes thousands of electronic ARCs available to book bloggers and book reviewers for free. A quick account creation instantly hooked me up with hundreds of publishers, allowed me to search galleys by publication date and genre, and then send a request directly to the publisher to receive access to the eARC. As many thrilled authors and publishers have pointed out, less good books slip through the cracks when more interested reviewers get access right off the bat. New authors can instantly reach out to book bloggers interested in their subject matter, and resultantly these books are exponentially more likely to find their audience. And everything is easily downloadable to computers and e-readers. (Getting galleys onto my iPad is a total snap.)
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