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Friday, 26 February 2021

Book Blogger Collaboration Ideas

 

Book Blogger Collaboration Ideas:  Ways to work with other Book Bloggers


Book Blogger Collaboration Ideas

Ways To Work With Other Book Bloggers


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I recently did a blog post about Reasons To Collaborate With Other Bloggers which discussed the benefits of collaborating with other bloggers. Hopefully this inspired you to consider incorporating collaborations into your own blog content. 


Now you've decided you want to reach out and work with other bloggers, you may be finding yourself stuck on what to do. Don't panic. I've got you covered 😎


How to collaborate with other bloggers


There are loads of ways you can collaborate with other book bloggers. Here's a few ideas to get you inspired:


1) Guest post


This is where you write a blog post for another website/ or where another blogger writes a blog post for your website. For example, I did a guest post where I shared 8 Awesome Mystery Novels.


2) Guest appearances


This is a reduced format of a guest post. Guest appearances are where you write a short piece to be included in a post. You can have several guest appearances in the same blog post. For example in my blog post Net Galley: What You Need To Know I had several book bloggers share their own experience using the Net Galley platform and comment on it. 


I often do these types of collaboration posts with my Bookish Blog Hops group. Here's an example of one hosted by A Book Lovers Adventures about our most popular blog posts of all time.


As well as hosting for the blog hops I also do a list post at the end of each event to recap all the stops and highlight all the people who took part. Like this one I did for Bookish Blog Hops Autumn Hop. It's an easy way to get extra mileage out of the collaboration and strengths the bonds with all participants that little bit more. If everyone who participates in the blog hop does the same that's a lot of extra link juice too. More about round ups later in this post. 


Join the Bookish Blog Hops Facebook Group to participate in collaborations with other book bloggers. You must have a book blog in order to be part of the group.


3) Filler for your posts


You've written an excellent blog post but it's still missing something. Maybe a fellow blogger did a blog post that would be the perfect fit to complete your post. For example, in this post about SEO for Book Bloggers: How to Improve SEO for Book Reviews when I talk about image optimisation I introduce a blog post by Search Engine Watch which covers basis image optimisation tips. 


This would also work well for book reviews, especially if you both read the same book but had different opinions about it. 


4) Quote them in research for your post


When writing about a topic you can do some research into it and ask the opinions of other bloggers. This can be as simple as running a poll on Twitter like I did for my post about Reading During Lockdown. This gives you extra material for your blog post and means you get to collaborate with other bloggers at the same time. 


5) A giveaway


Everyone loves a giveaway. I've been lucky enough to win several books by participating in giveaways. I always do an unboxing video when my prize arrives like this one I did for A Different Time by Micheal K. Hill.


I've also hosted giveaways like this one for The Royal Gift by Drae Box. The post also included my review of the book. (FYI you can grab a copy via my Amazon affiliate link here πŸ˜‰).


6) Interviews


Interview other bloggers. I did a series of blog posts where I interviewed different book bloggers about their book blogs, like this one with Stacey from Whispering Stories. It's a great way to get to know other book bloggers better.


You could also offer to be interviewed about your blog by another blogger for their website. Don't limit it to just blogs though. Try doing interviews on different social media platforms too. 


7) Round ups


Examples of this would be this post about the Best Bookish Blog Posts of 2020 which featured my blog post The Ultimate Guide for Book Bloggers, or my post about 30 BookTubers You Need To Watch.


Don't have a particular topic in mind? No problem! Be like Secret Library Book Blog and create a round up of the posts you've enjoyed reading recently. 


8) Challenges


Create a challenge that others can participate in or create one together with other bloggers. I have several challenges in place this year including the Blog Audit Challenge 2021, the Social Media Audit Challenge 2021, and the Clock Reading Challenge.


Another idea you might want to try is organising a readathon together. This can be a super fun way of reaching your common goals.


As you can see there's lots of ways you can work together with other book bloggers. So depending on how many people you want to collaborate with on the project and how much time each person has to work on it you can still pull together a collaboration. 


What's your favourite way to collaborate with other book bloggers? Last collaboration you did?


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Ways to work with other Book Bloggers

I'm always looking to collaborate with other bloggers so if you'd like to work together please get in touch πŸ˜‰


Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Book Review: Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

       

Book Review:Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin


My thoughts about Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

This post may contain affiliate links. Meaning, I get a commission if you purchase through my links, at no cost to you. Read the full disclosure here.




The book synopsis:


Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Book cover  Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin
Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?


Queen of Someday is the first book in the Stolen Empire series


Stolen Empire (6 book series) by Sherry D. Ficklin



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Discussing Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin  




Quotes from the book:


While my mother had been determined to groom me to be a proper lady, my father was content to let me join him in hunting, fencing, and even knife throwing. The small blade in my hand is one of many he’s gifted me over the years, and the hilt is warm and comforting in my palm.

“Why on earth were we not greeted formally?” Mother demands as we weave through the empty kitchens. The hearth is roaring with fire, and I can feel the chill melting out of my skin. “Surely you would not have the young princess introduced to court in just her petticoats?” Sergei says in the tone one might use with a whining child.

“Well, then I suppose I will have to meet the empress naked. I’m sure she will understand, Mother. I mean, it wouldn’t make her think less of me—of my fitness to marry her nephew—to meet her like this, don’t you think? Yes, I’m sure she will understand.”

It takes me a moment to realize that the court is populated with a heavy ratio of men to women. My ladies and I, my mother, and the empress, being part of only a small handful of those in attendance.

“Most grown men would not expect a woman to fight back, certainly not a girl, and most certainly not a noble girl. The element of surprise is a powerful weapon in such a situation.”

 

 

I open my mouth to protest, to declare that love should never be a game, but even as I think it, I begin to doubt it’s true. How would I know, after all? It’s not as if I have any experience in the matter. No matter how many romantic poems you recite, no matter how many glorious tales of love you read, how can you really understand the condition if you’ve never found yourself in it?

When waging a war of the heart, you must only fight if you are absolutely sure you can win.

An oath made requires a leader who is honorable enough to keep it, despite any fleeting inconveniences that might arise.

“If we can’t enjoy ourselves to excess once in a while, what is the value in life?”

“I think that love can indeed be many things. But the one thing it will never be is practical. Love is irrational by its very nature. It demands passion, fire, and no less than absolute surrender. It is a longing, a burning that consumes you, leaving you without reason, or defense. When love comes, nothing can stand in its way.”

“Sometimes, we must learn to open our hearts and grow to love someone we think we might not be able to. It’s the lot of women, especially noble women. We are little more than property, bargaining chips, or chains that hold alliances together. That is the price we pay for our comfort, riches, and titles.”

“Learning to please your husband is not depraved or sick. A man has needs. If you cannot meet them, he will tire of you quickly. I assure you, the lessons will be academic, not practical. Many young ladies have tutored with Madame Groot, and none have been shamed by it. But you are young, beautiful, and naΓ―ve to the wiles you possess, to the way even your subtle gestures and words affect the men around you. Your feminine nature will be one of your greatest weapons, but it must be honed, and you must be taught to wield it.”

Books are one thing I love above all else. In a story, I can become anyone, travel any place. In those pages lives my only true freedom.

But what draws me in, what gives me a sense of calm, is the smell. That marvelous scent of paper and leather fills the room. I inhale deeply, letting the familiar smell carry me away. Crossing to the nearest shelf, I run my hand along the row of spines, enjoying the texture under my fingers. A noise above me startles me from my tactile reverie. “You’d think you’ve never seen a library before.”

Because he is looking at me the way a man dying of thirst might look at a cask of water, as if his very life depends on bringing me to his lips.

I could live a hundred lifetimes inside his kiss, and it would never be enough.


Where to find Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin online:





Book Review:  Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin






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Monday, 22 February 2021

Reasons To Collaborate With Other Bloggers

Reasons To Collaborate With Other Bloggers:  Benefits of Blog Collaborations

Reasons To Collaborate With Other Bloggers 

Benefits of Blog Collaborations


One of the most rewarding experiences you can have for your blog is collaborating with other bloggers. I personally love working with other bloggers and highly recommend you give it a try if you haven't done so already. 

I often do blog posts where I collaborate with other book bloggers. A couple of recent collaboration posts I've done include Book Blogging Programs: Platforms Recommended by Book Bloggers and Reading During Lockdown. Both very different in the topic discussed and the way the collaborations were done. 

Collaborating with other bloggers offers numerous benefits for your brand and your blog. 


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Benefits of collaborating with other bloggers:


Increased Audience Size


When you collaborate on a blog post with other bloggers you all gain exposure.

The person hosting the blog post will get new traffic to their site thanks to the bloggers featured in the post promoting it to their own following. 

The people featured in the post get exposure to the hosts following and a backlink to their own sites. The benefits of this go far beyond just getting in front of a new audience however. A quality backlink to your blog can do wonders for your overall DA score and therefore also have an effect on how search engines value your content. 

The more each person promotes the blog post the better for everyone involved in the project. It's a win-win for all involved!


Idea Sharing


Working with others can be a great source of inspiration. Each person will have something different to bring to the table and you may find that you all end up with plenty of spin off blog post ideas too. 

For example, I did a collaboration with Eline from Lovely AudioBooks on the topic Book Reviews: Can You Trust Book Bloggers? after she told me about a discussion that happened in one of her Facebook groups. We both ended up writing blog posts about the various points we discussed. Check out her post Are Book Bloggers Honest? We took the same topic but each approached it from a different angle. 

We both got a lot of ideas for other blog posts we could do from our brainstorming session too. 


Try New Things


When collaborating with other bloggers you may find that they have ideas that you never considered before. They might have a completely different style of blogging to yours. By working together you get to try out new things you might not have done otherwise/ might not work as well on your own blog due to the difference in style. It gives you the chance to experiment.


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Utilise Different Skill Sets


The bloggers you're collaborating with will probably have a different skill set to yours. Each blogger has their own journey and has probably picked up tips and tricks along the way. When working together you get to share your experiences with each other. It's a great way to gain knowledge about the topics you blog about and blogging itself. 

Maybe they know something about a new change to the ever-changing algorithms, or maybe they discovered a new app that is saving them time. Whether its tips for improving engagement with your readers or social media strategies that have been working well, collaborating with other bloggers can really help you level up as a blogger. 

It gives you an opportunity to challenge yourself, but also to share the things you've learnt based on your own blogging experience. 


Grow friendships


This is one of the best parts. Coming together with others who share your same passions is just special. Some of my closest book blogger buddies I met because of working together on a collaboration. Working together as a team really brings you together and unites. 

I also love collaborating with my friends on projects. It's always so much fun. 


Keeps blogging interesting


Blogging can be lonely at times so collaborating with others puts new energy into it. Working with others stops you from falling into a rut. It gives you the chance to mix things up, learn new things, bounce ideas of each other, and have some fun.

I encourage you to get out there and collaborate with other bloggers. It's so worth it! 


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Reasons To Collaborate With Other Bloggers

I'm always looking to collaborate with other bloggers so if you'd like to work together please get in touch πŸ˜‰


What is your favourite part about collaborating with other bloggers? What is something you've learnt from collaborating? 


Friday, 19 February 2021

Net Galley: What You Need To Know

Net Galley: What You Need To Know

Net Galley

What You Need To Know About This Book Blogger Program

 

I've been a member of Net Galley since 2016 and have had the chance to read many amazing books over the years thanks to this book blogger program. It's definitely my go-to book blogger program.


An international site


Net Galley is completely free to use and open to book bloggers from around the globe. That fact that Net Galley is open to international bloggers is one of the things I love most about it. So often international bloggers are cut out of the picture. Whilst I'm British, I live in Italy and that means that even a lot of UK programs aren't open to me anymore. So bonus points to Net Galley for giving equal opportunity to book bloggers (even if some publishers on site do limit copies based on country). 


Benefits for all


Publishers and authors use Net Galley to get feedback about their books and increase the number of reviews posted to social media sites, blogs, etc… in order to help create a buzz about the book. They get reviews and visibility, we get free books. It's a win-win. 


For book bloggers Net Galley is a gold mine of books waiting at just the click of a button. The fact that it's so easy to get a copy can make it hard to say no though and lead to an ever growing and overwhelming to be read (TBR) list. 


The dangers of getting click happy


If your on site TBR list is too long you probably won't get approved when requesting more copies. Net Galley guidelines say to try to keep feedback above the 80% mark. That's not too hard to do... if you don't go click crazy grabbing multiple books all at once (yes, I am guilty of doing this on more than one occasion 🀦).


Getting approved


The "Read Now" section means you can instantly download a copy of the book. For ARCs you'll need to request a copy in most cases, especially when it's from a big name publisher or a well known author or "Wish for it". Not always will you get approved for a copy which, when it's a book you've been dying to read, can be a real let down. When you do get approved though... well that's an amazing high πŸ₯³


Audiobooks


Not long ago they introduced an audiobook feature on site too. Whilst the audiobook can only be listen to via the Net Galley app which isn't the best, they have started adding more audiobooks to their selection recently. I listened to Dear Girl by Aiji Mayrock and would definitely consider listening to more audiobooks via Net Galley. 


In a nut shell


Overall I highly recommend Net Galley. They offer a wide variety of titles and genres, and the site is really easy to use. 


I don't want you to just take my word for it though and so I asked some of my book blogger friends what they thought of the platform.



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What Book Bloggers Think About Net Galley


L.M.Durand (@LMDurandpage) from https://lmdurand.com seems to feel much the same way as I do about it.

"When you start book blogging, getting your hands on arcs isn't always easy. The reality is that publishers and authors will want to see an established blog. When I started blogging, I followed a piece of sound advice: start reviewing books you’ve recently read or read the books on your shelves that have been begging to be read. Start with posting a few blog posts/book reviews on your website, connect with other readers, see how they do it and what works for you.

If you want to request ARCs, NetGalley is a wonderful way to get started (but you need a blog). NetGalley is very user-friendly and intuitive but please make sure to have a solid bio to show that you are serious about book blogging. I first started reviewing "Read Now" books to show the publishers that I would review the requested books. After a while, I started to request books/arcs. I was declined for many of them (don’t take it personally-it’s normal) but made a point to review within two weeks the ones I was approved for. My stats went up and so did my approval rate. Publishers even started reaching out to me based on the reviews I’d left.

So, I will say one thing: don’t ask for more than you can chew on.

It’s so easy to fall into this trap. It’ll hurt you more in the end. Always think: if all of them are approved, can I read them all this month? If the answer is no, stop there. Request only a few at a time. Read them. Review them. Blog about them. Then, rinse and repeat AKA request more."

 

Samantha Cook (@SMC_Scookie) from https://scookiereviews.blogspot.com/ (also check out her Booktube channel at 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZay8i0uiW3ppXYkGWI4nPA) had this to say:

"NetGalley contains a vast number of books from a range of publishers. I can always find something I want to read, which is why I've never tried any of the other book review programs.

Some of its best features are the instant read section, the fact it has a publishing group for independent authors, and the new addition of audiobooks which I hope they expand on soon! Sometimes publishers will not only accept requests, they'll preapproved you to read all of their titles, too.

When requesting, you have a chance to give simple feedback on your first impressions such as the cover and blurb. Member reviews are posted up too so you can check to see if it's your cup of tea without venturing onto GoodReads. You can also earn badges for things like keeping your review ratio high or having a number of reviews featured by publishers. All in all, there's a good community feel to NetGalley between reviewer and publisher.

One of the things I'd love them to improve is the archive date of the book. Once accepted, the review deadline is left open ended. I personally find this means there's pressure to read as quickly as possible so that your review ratio isn't penalized by the feedback window closing unexpectedly. In the past, I've had a book archive days after I was accepted to read it - super frustrating, although I'm led to believe this is a rare case. Usually there's plenty of time to read the book, and when in doubt, I try to send feedback before the publication date.

Once you send your feedback, beware. I once accidentally sent my feedback to the wrong book, and NetGalley promptly explained I could edit the review but not undo it. Eek. I had to finish the correct book quickly in order to fix the review log and then bury my head in shame. Similarly, if you request a book, there's no way to rescind it, so if your finger slips, you better hope you get rejected.

So basically, don't mess up, resist over-requesting, and enjoy the large number of books on offer. It’s a win-win system."

 

Rejitha (@bookbugworld) from https://bookbugworld.com/ is another international book blogger (from India) that shares my views about Net Galley being an international site... even if, at times, somewhat limited to us international bloggers.

"As an international reader, NetGalley has been my go to for looking up new releases. I know that a lot of the popular books are restricted to us international readers but I never felt that stopping me from enjoying the website.

The whole Feedback ratio and badges have kept my interest for so long. Besides, the first time I got a response from an author was for a NetGalley e-Arc review. Overall, I have found my niche and met some amazing authors through the platform. But most importantly, I have read some amazing books which I would never have known about from any other platforms.

The most hyped books are the ones we see often across various bookish platforms. So this one, gives me a chance to create my own style and variety. And as a blogger, I believe in finding and introducing new and rare books to the readers rather than regurgitating what everyone else is reading. Don't get me wrong, I love popular and hyped books and have bought quite a few. But NetGalley introduces me to some rare gems that might not have been in my radar otherwise. That, is my biggest takeaway from the platform."


Robin (@RobinLovesRead) from https://www.robinlovesreading.com is also an avid user of the site. 

"At the very end of March in 2018, I discovered NetGalley. This is a website that offers ARCs (advanced reader copies) to reviewers, bloggers, librarians and more. Until late last year they provided only digital galleys for their users. A few months back they started providing some of their review titles as audiobooks. Readers request galleys and then wait to be approved. Other users often get what is referred to as “auto approvals” by various publishers. This provides readers free reign to automatically download any books from those particular publishers with having to wait for the approval process.

Approvals depend on a variety of factors, and this includes proving a history for consistent reviews the site also has a suggested feedback ratio of 80%. Librarians have it the easiest on this site, and bloggers general pretty good as well. It is also suggested that reviewers cross post their reviews across other social media platforms, like Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

I guess the only con to NetGalley is that some users have stated that they would like to see quicker approvals, or requests that are never approved removed from their queue. The pending status can be annoying to some.

For readers who get approved, the formats available are EPub, Mobi and the new NetGalley Shelf App. However, most readers prefer to read digital copies on devices such as the Kindle or a Kindle App. For audiobooks approved on NetGalley, the only method available is the NetGalley Shelf app."


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Net Galley: What You Need To Know

Are you a member of Net Galley? What do you consider the pro's and con's of using the site? Got some tips for other book bloggers using this program? 


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Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Book Blogging Programs: Platforms Recommended by Book Bloggers

Book Blogging Programs Platforms Recommended by Book Bloggers

Book Blogging Programs

Platforms Recommended by Book Bloggers


As a book blogger, book blogging programs are a gold mine. Not all of us avid readers have the funds to be able to buy all the books we'd like and so having a simple way to get our hands on ARCs and review copies gives us the chance to read more than we may otherwise have been able to. 

Book blogger programs also give us the chance to read books that we might not have even heard of otherwise. 

Since I discovered Net Galley I've been a huge fan and been lucky enough to read some amazing books via the site. It's easy to use and they have a great selection of books available. 

Net Galley is awesome and probably one of the most well known on an international level but there are loads of other book blogging programs out there too.

Edelweiss is another mainstream book blogger program that seems to be popular. I recently signed up for this but have yet to use it as I'm still seeing how it works. 

Sites like Book Sprout offer the chance to get your hands on ARC copies. I've never used the site myself but it looks like they give you a deadline for when your review is due. 

Penguin has a review program for book bloggers where you can fill out an ARC request form. I have signed up for this program but so far haven't had any experience with it. I requested a few books in order to see how it works but so far have heard nothing back. 

If you're in the US you have lots of options available to you. For international bloggers the choice is a bit more limited though.

A lot depends on the genre you like too. For example, there are a lot of religious programs that offer Christian fiction and non fiction like Bethany HouseMy Reader Reviews and Abingdon Press.




I decided to ask other book bloggers which book blogging programs they used and what their thoughts were about them.

What Book Bloggers Think About Book Blogging Programs


@LMDurandpage from https://lmdurand.com


There are so many platforms where you can request arcs. You can join some of the publishers' community/group readers. Some publicists also have Facebook groups where they post about new sign-ups for arcs.


The most popular platforms for book bloggers would be Edelweiss and NetGalley. Both platforms have a great selection of books. If you’re a beginner, go with NetGalley. It’s intuitive, user-friendly, and very easy to get started or even request (maybe even too easy). Edelweiss is not user-friendly at all, so it’ll take some getting used to. You also need to explain why you request a book, which makes the selection process a bit more cumbersome. But in the end, I believe I was granted access to more books on this site than NetGalley.


With that said, I learned that with NetGalley, you can easily request too much and too fast. This will tank your stats and it’s a pretty sure way to get all your requests declined. Though if you do pay attention and you’re not too greedy with your requests, you can do fantastic on this site. NetGalley is definitely my favorite platform.


There are many other ways to request books, but to me, NetGalley is a good starting point.


@lovelyaudiobook from https://lovelyaudiobooks.info/


If you enjoy listening to audiobooks, the LibroFM Influencer program (libro.fm/alc-program) is a great way to get free audiobook review copies.
Pros: LibroFM offers audiobooks from big publishing houses and anticipated new releases. Many of the included titles go on to become bestsellers and I found some of my favorite audiobooks of 2019 and 2020 here.

I particularly appreciate that the LibroFM Influencer program doesn't require you to review every book you download. LibroFM encourages you to add all listening copies to your library each month. If something doesn't appeal to you right away, you still have it in your library and might feel like it a few months later. But you're never required or pressured to review the books you listen to. Since it's an "influencer" program, you can promote the audiobooks you enjoyed on your Social Media profiles instead of writing a review. I like doing that and reviewing them at a later point when I can add them to a book list.

Another big pro of LibroFM is that the audiobooks are DRM-free. You can freely choose if you want to listen in the LibroFM app or in another audiobook app. You can also download them and use an actual MP3 Player. You have a lot more freedom listening to these audiobooks than, for example, to Audible review copies.

Cons: The monthly selection is fairly small. If you're a genre reader, you might not find something every month that really interests you. But that's the only not-so-positive thing I can think of. If you qualify to join the LibroFM influencer program, you should absolutely go for it!








Edelweiss scares a lot of people. It is not as user-friendly as NetGalley. However, once you establish a profile and familiarize yourself with how the site is formatted, it soon becomes quite simple to navigate. Having a good profile is essential to getting approvals. This site is geared more to booksellers and librarians so expect a lot of denials.

Try to be as thorough as possible with your profile. Make sure to link your email, and any affiliated social media sites that you post reviews on. One major difference between NetGalley and Edelweiss Is that you have to state why are you are requesting a galley. One bonus to this site is that even if you don’t acquire an ARC from them you can still post reviews.

When you log onto the site and you want to look for books to request, click Review Copies in the menu bar at the top. You can apply certain filters to limit the number of ARCs that will appear. You can also determine whether you want to see what is available to download or what is available to request or both at the same time. There is a bar on the left where the filters are that can make searching very convenient. Familiarize yourself with the various options so that your searching goes smoothly.

There are so many options here. For example, you can see books that are already published or books that are not yet published. You can also use the left bar to see what ARCs you have been approved for, what you have reviewed, what you have been declined and what is outstanding. Once you are approved, you should get an email informing you of your status, and this also includes whether not you have been declined. When you are approved for a title you can choose your method to download, which in my case is for Kindle.

Reviewing for Edelweiss is quite easy. Once you look at your downloaded books, there is an icon that looks like a conversation box and you click that and you can rate and review the title. There are several options such as writing quality, intellectual depth, etc. and then you can cut and paste the review that you have already written elsewhere. You can also click to submit it directly to the publisher. Lastly you can include themes such as fiction, mystery, etc.
Although my experience as a reviewer shows more strength and success with NetGalley, I very much enjoy using the Edelweiss site as well. A side note. The more I review, the more I expose myself to various authors and publishers. This has brought me into the world a blog tours and even quite a few print ARCs monthly. However, by far, the majority of ARCs I receive are from NetGalley and Edelweiss.




I use both NetGalley and Edelweiss to request eARCs. I love using NetGalley the most. It is incredibly user-friendly. I either look up the book I am interested in requesting, or I browse and find books organically. You can narrow down the genres you are interested in on NetGalley too. This not only allows you to browse the site easily, but also indicates which promotional emails you'll receive about new eARCs.

Edelweiss is a bit trickier when it comes to stumbling upon new books. I prefer to use Edelweiss to request a book I already know about rather than to search through it. I also tend to hear back from publishers in a much more timely manner on NetGalley than I do on Edelweiss.
On the other hand, NetGalley does sort of require you to review the ARCs you've been sent in order to receive more. (This is the case for book bloggers and "regular folks" using the website. If you work for a major organization that reviews books or a library, you're often auto-approved.) Your response percentage is shared with the publishers, so an individual with a high response rate is more likely to be sent more ARCs. Edelweiss, to my knowledge, doesn't seem to care about this as much. I think it might be possible to receive physical ARCs from Edelweiss, but I've only used it during COVID times, so I'm not entirely sure. That's less of a thing at the moment.

Finally, more books are on Edelweiss. That being said, I still find almost everything I want on NetGalley. I always check NetGalley first before hopping over to Edelweiss to check again.




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