If you're an indie author you need to get on NetGalley

Do you wonder how to get better exposure for your work with literary professionals? Meet NetGalley, a new friend for your writing. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s ok, neither had I until about six months ago.

A few months after I published my first novel, Into the Darkness, it became obvious to me that I needed some help with promoting the book, so I hired a publicist from the Smith Publicity agency. One of the first things she did was add my book to NetGalley.

NetGalley is a site where professionals in the writing industry (read: book reviews and publishers) can preview and read soon-to-release and already released books. It’s also a place where authors who are just getting started can get the professional exposure they need, just like better-established writers.

Not long after my book was added to NetGalley, requests for it started coming in. Within about a week, I had my first 5-star review. The reviewer liked the book well enough that she added her review on both Amazon and Goodreads, too.

So, who reviews work on NetGalley?

  • Bookstore owners and staff members
  • Book reviewers and journalists
  • Book bloggers
  • Librarians and educators
  • Editors, agents, and publishers

Because of their professional connections, their opinions have better reach than a general review on Amazon or Goodreads might.

There are some caveats to be aware of with NetGalley, however.

  • It is not a free service (the cost to me was part of my publicity bundle).
  • The expense can seem hefty for an indie author (although, the potential ROI can make the cost worth it).
  • The requests-to-reviews ratio can be very skewed (although, I argue that reviewers who really like your book aren’t shy about saying so).

For more information NetGalley and its potential as a good tool for you, see this BookLife article: http://booklife.com/market/pr-reviews/11/02/2015/the-savvy-self-publisher-s-guide-to-netgalley.html

A.M.