As authors, we’re always looking for places where we can get more reviews. So what if there was a place where you could help your books gain visibility and book reviews? Sounds great, right? This is where Netgalley comes in. It’s a place where professional readers, like bloggers and librarians, hang out and they can request your book for review. The potential reviewer can update their profile so publishers know where the reviews will be posted and how active they are.
I’d looked into it a while ago, but to submit a single title it was going to cost around $400, and that was only for a six month posting in their catalogue, which was way more than I could afford. I tucked the idea into the back of my brain and forgot about it, until the very helpful Amanda Brice posted about her experiences on
Kindleboards using a publishing co-operative. The way it worked is for a group of authors to get together and buy up a slot for a year, which would keep costs down, and would give more flexibility by allowing you to post more than one title in that year − always fab is you have more than one book published.
After following her post, the lovely Kellie Sheridan decided to start her own co-op and was looking for more authors to join her. Enter me, and around nineteen other authors! This is what Kellie has to say about the co-op…
“Not too long ago, I tried to sign up for a NetGalley co-op. It didn’t quite work out because there were so many authors who wanted to get involved. Skipping to the end of this epic story–it all worked out. By teaming up with a group of incredible indies, Patchwork Press is now on NetGalley!!!
What is NetGalley? It’s a website where publishers and authors can upload their ebooks (usually ARCs, but their collection of older titles is on the rise) so that reviewers can request a copy. Then the author/publisher can approve/decline requests on a case by case basis. NetGalley’s roster of “professional readers” is huge, so this opens up a lot of doors usually closed to indies.
Seeing Mortality in their catalog was a huge author moment for me. After spending two years using NetGalley from the reviewer side of things, I’m beyond excited that this is a marketing tool now available to self-published/indie authors. Seriously, really excited about this!!! Over the nineteen titles our co-op currently has on NetGalley, we have already had over 2100 requests, and we’ve only been live for five days!!! The most highly requested title has had over 250 approved requests already… if you’re an author, I’m sure you can imagine how long it would take to send that many review requests out, and you’d be lucky to hear back from even one in five of them.
So if you’re an indie/self-published author and you haven’t gotten involved in a co-op group yet, I can’t recommend it enough. The benefits are huge. And, it just so happens that Patchwork Press will be forming a second group from the first groups wait list. So… details!
How does a co-op work? As an indie author going it alone, if you want to get your book on NetGalley, the cost is $400–that gets you one title in their catalog for six months. You can’t switch titles. One book, six months.
Then, and I don’t knew whose idea this was originally, indie authors started to team up! By forming groups of twenty authors, they were able to cut costs, double their contract term and give themselves more flexibility in what they did with their NetGalley time. $350, one year, as many books as you want (but one title at a time). And voila, your book is on NetGalley. And at least with this particular co-op, the administrative end is minimal. All you need to do is send your books details to me in an easy to follow format, and we’ll take care of the rest.
If you’re interested in joining, or have any questions, please feel free to email email@example.com and I’ll add you to our growing list of authors. Once the group is full, we’ll be up and running. And feel free to pass this information along to any authors you know who might be interested.
For a more in depth discussion on how this works, head over to Susan Kaye Quinn‘s blog. Her group has been up and running longer than we have. Highly recommended if this is something you’re considering.”
You can find out more about Kellie at her website!
So far, my experience with Netgalley hasn’t produced amazing results. I’ve had around 15 reviews from the service in the last 5 months, which is a bit disappointing. Although I know a lot of other authors have had much more success. Maybe genre is a factor, here, I’m not sure, but I guess if you don’t try it, you’ll never know! I usually upload a new book for review each month because it seems like the newest books listed get more exposure, plus, I have several titles and would love to gain more reviews on all of them. I’d like to say a big thanks to Kellie for all the hard work she’s done so far with the co-op, it’s been a pleasure to work with her.
Even though the number of reviews I’ve had so far is small, I still think it must help in gaining exposure for your work, so I’m happy I gave it a shot. And I still have another 7 months to go, so fingers crossed!
Sibel Hodge is the Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author of Fourteen Days Later and Money, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mystery). She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she’s Wonder Woman! When she’s not out saving the world from dastardly demons she writes an eclectic mix of romantic comedies, mysteries, thrillers, children’s books, and non fiction.
Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner Up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews, Runner Up in the Best Indie Books of 2012 by Indie Book Bargains, and Winner of Best Children’s Book by eFestival of Words 2013. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.