Who hasn’t heard of NetGalley, right?
I’ve seen it mentioned just about everywhere books are found. Goodreads, Amazon, Nook, Kobo, book reviews, book bloggers, etc. Typically it would say I received a free copy from NetGalley so I knew there was something in this magic for me as an author.
First things first: I have to give a huge shoutout to Gina Drayer, author of Modern Girls’ Guide to Vacation Flings (amongst many others) for helping me out and being my go-between. Go buy her book, guys. It’s only $2.99! I just bought mine.
I’m not going to go in great depth here, but will refer you to NetGalley for more details. Here are a few quickies.
– Here’s a great FAQ for authors.
– Publishers pay a set up fee and monthly cost depending on number titles listed. (Best option if you have anywhere from 10-15 titles listed at a time) OR authors/publishers can just pay to list a single title.
*side note: Gina worked with a publisher that would “rent out” a month slot for a small fee. Gina offered me one of those slots for the month of June so I didn’t have to go through the hassle of registering/paying directly to NetGalley. This is also an option if you can find a publisher on NetGalley that has open slots they want to fill. This was a much, much, much, much cheaper option. I paid Gina a small fee and she acted as my go-between with the publisher and myself. Prices for this may vary, however.
– Pricing for individual authors can be found here.
– They also have a program for small, indie publishers and authors to list titles that’s associated with the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Statistics From My Month On NetGalley
Miss Mabel’s School for Girls went live June 1st. NetGalley gives the option to approve or disapprove of people requesting the book. Since I was doing this as an experiment, Gina and I decided to just accept every request.
By June 3rd I had 190 requests. On June 10th, I had 307 requests.
Here are the month long effects on Goodreads alone.
The effects continue for the month of July.
Reviews on Amazon have increased by about 10.
Effects on Sales: Nothing worth bragging about, and I’m not sure it can be tracked back to NetGalley or not. My sales on the second book in the series, Antebellum Awakening, did see a slight increase over the whole month from previous months. Free downloads of the novella the Isadora Interviews saw a little spike as well.
Connections Made on Net Galley.
BLOGGERS AND SUPERFANS. <— This is why I tried NetGalley out, to be honest.
Book lovers/bloggers/librarians/publishing companies, etc, have the option to request (via NetGalley) author interviews or other promo stuff. I received a few requests for interviews through NetGalley (which I of course agreed to), a couple of direct emails, messages on Goodreads, messages through this blog, and new ‘likes’ on my MMSFG Facebook page. Bloggers who posted a review on their blogs would occasionally inform NetGalley that they posted it on their blog, and I would get an email about it from Gina, then go tweet and support the blogger, which also gave me a few connections.
By far, the best connection ground was twitter. The best book bloggers found me on twitter and linked me in (or searched me out and found my handle through my blog.)
I’d log on and find tweets like this popping up everywhere:
To every single blogger that tweeted, I offered the rest of the book series, retweeted, found their blog, and supported them.
All in all, I connected with about 10 new bloggers (possibly more) and all of them are doing reviews on my other books. Including my new release, Mildred’s Resistance, which I wanted to build traction/reviews/ratings for on Goodreads.
An Array of Reviews.
Of course, with a slew of readers comes reviews on all ends of the spectrum. I found super fans, fans, people who liked it, and not-so-excited fans, which I had already expected. My Goodreads rating for MMSFG went from a 4.14 to a 4.10 overall, a dip I was pleased with. I thought it would be farther.
I don’t actually mind reviews like this, because I don’t expect everyone to like my book. I didn’t liked the second Avengers movie, so why should I be upset is some people don’t like my writing? To be honest, the majority of people really enjoyed my book, which means NetGalley really helped me find my audience. The latest reviews on Amazon are mostly 4 star and I could not be happier about that.
That being said . . .
By far the best and most valuable of all these new reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are the positive, fair, 3 star reviews. If only for getting these reviews alone, NetGalley was worth it. (Don’t get me wrong. I love the super fans and those gung-ho for Bianca, but the best review that sells books is a positive, honest three star.)
My Overall Thoughts
NetGalley was definitely worth the money (but I also paid nowhere near $300). It was an opportunity that fell into my lap through networking and the beautiful, magnanimous Gina Drayer that I’m incredibly happy I took.
Would I use this for future works? If I could go through an established NetGalley-signed-up publisher with open slots, definitely. I don’t know that I’d pay the cost for a single listing unless I wanted a really powerful push, and I believed it would work based on the cover of the book and the content.
– FWIW- I think having my book be YA fantasy made a huge difference in the popularity overall.
Get your copy of Mildred’s Resistance by clicking on the cover over there <—- or any of the links listed below. Thanks so much, guys. You. Are. The Best.