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message 1: by Dee (last edited Mar 21, 2015 11:43AM) (new)

Dee Has anyone read anything good lately that's available in the "Read Now" section?

I'm not a blogger or anything, and I only have my goodreads profile, so I mostly pick books from "Read Now" because I doubt I would get approved for anything else ;) I'm looking for recommendations of anything good that's been posted lately in "Read Now."


message 2: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Dominika , I don't have a blog either , so in my profile I indicate how many books I rated on Goodreads , how many reviews I have written and how many people have access to my reviews because I post them in my groups . I also have a link to my Goodreads profile . I get a good number of approvals and yes I get a good number of refusals, but it doesn't hurt to request .
Also I think once you have reviewed a number of books , its easier to get approvals . There will be some publishers that just won't approve us non - bloggers but as I said it doesn't hurt to ask.

I'll look at the read now titles and see if I can recommend anything . Good Luck !


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message 4: by Maxine (new)

Maxine (Booklover Catlady) Forsaken by J.D Barker I read and reviewed, really liked it. Creepy one.
I've heard Bomb by Sarah Mussi is good.
No Place to Die by Clare Donoghue I'd recommend as well as Speechless by Stephen Puleston, I have both to read, decent reviews.
I have the Ladies of the House by Molly McGrann to read, looks good.
Skewed by Anne McAneny I've got and know there are others sayings it's good.
Believe Like A Child by Paige Dearth is good but hard going. She has two more read now books too.


message 5: by Christine (new)

Christine Dominika wrote: "Has anyone read anything good lately that's available in the "Read Now" section?

I'm not a blogger or anything, and I only have my goodreads profile, so I mostly pick books from "Read Now" becaus..."


I started off that way. You should try requesting non read now books. I got masses that way for years, before I set up a blog. The publishers don't mind if you just post on Amazon and here on Goodreads.


message 6: by Robin (new)

Robin There several publishers who won't approve a request if you don't have a blog, but it doesn't hurt to request and get declined. I did get several approvals before I started a blog but my approval rates significantly went up once I did have a blog.


message 7: by Ellie (new)

Ellie M My blog is very new and not had much traffic but I've been approved for a lot of books (probably too many realistically but I will read them, eventually!). I do struggle to get approved by the likes of Penguin or Hodder Stoughton.


message 8: by Maxine (new)

Maxine (Booklover Catlady) I started a Facebook blog page first as it's an easier and quicker way of gaining followers. I have about 540 in only a few months. I'm hoping then when I do my web blog page many of those will come and support. It may be an idea for those not sure quite what direction to go in with a full blog.

https://Facebook.com/BookloverCatlady


message 9: by Dee (new)

Dee Thank you for the recommendations, Maxine :) I'll have a look at those.

I will start requesting books from publishers soon, too, though to be honest that "Read Now" section keeps me pretty busy :D There's a lot that looks really good, and I can't keep up with it all.


message 10: by Jessi (new)

Jessi I rarely ever request from the read now but even without a blog I usually get the books I request because I read them right away and am fast to post a review even if it is earlier than the publisher requests. I have found out that the faster I review the more books I get. Even if they say not to review before a certain date. more than once that same publisher has sent me another book before I have even requested it. And I'm definitely not a blogger.


message 11: by Dee (new)

Dee I should start doing that... I think I think too much when writing reviews and it takes me forever :p


message 12: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia The publishers like to have your review turned in to NetGalley ASAP. It's the public review, the one you post on Goodreads or your blog or Facebook, that they don't want published until fairly close to the book's release date.

So yes, the earlier you get your review in, the better.


message 13: by Robin (new)

Robin Cynthia wrote: "The publishers like to have your review turned in to NetGalley ASAP. It's the public review, the one you post on Goodreads or your blog or Facebook, that they don't want published until fairly clos..."

The trouble with that is you can't provide the publisher with the link to where you posted the review - I always assumed they wanted to see that.


message 14: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Robin wrote: "The trouble with that is you can't provide the publisher with the link to where you posted the review - I always assumed they wanted to see that...."

I usually put the link in and tell them when I've scheduled the review to be posted on my blog so they can see that after that date should they wish to do so.


message 15: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia That's what I do, too, Elaine. In the notes for the publisher I give the date the review is scheduled to go live and a link to my blog. I also note that I plan to post my review on GR and Amazon.


message 16: by Robin (new)

Robin That makes sense but I normally give them the direct link to the specific review, which I can't really do until it's posted.


message 17: by Carole (new)

Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books) I post a general link to my blog with a note that the link will be edited once the review is live. I edit the feedback just as soon as I can.


message 18: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Robin wrote: "That makes sense but I normally give them the direct link to the specific review, which I can't really do until it's posted."

I suppose it depends on where you have your blog. Mine's on wordpress and that allows me to schedule when the review is to be posted and gives me a link that will go to that specific review anytime after that time scheduled. It is that link which I include in my feedback and I inform the publishers when they will be able to access it.


message 19: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia That's nice, Elaine. I'm on Blogger, and I don't think I can get the link until it's published. If someone using Blogger knows how to do it, that would be a great tip.

I'm still knew and learning how to use Blogger. I love scheduling.


message 20: by Dee (new)

Dee Cynthia wrote: "The publishers like to have your review turned in to NetGalley ASAP. It's the public review, the one you post on Goodreads or your blog or Facebook, that they don't want published until fairly clos..."

Do you mean publishers like for us to review books ASAP after we download them, or ASAP after the publishers post them up on netgalley?


message 21: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia I think publishers would like to get reviewer feedback as early as possible. I'm not in the business, but I would imagine they use our information to develop marketing strategies. I'm just guessing here.

There are some books that perform well outside their genre's typical market. Like YA that's a huge hit across demographics, or something like 50 Shades, which was read by women who had never glimpsed erotica before. Things like that can show up in a large review pool.

I also think they like to know if a book is going to fall flat, which means they may not devote a lot of time and effort to it. Reviewers can also indicate if they'd like to do author interviews, or book signings.


message 22: by Dee (new)

Dee I don't want to start a new topic for this, because it may be an obvious question, but is there any way to know when the books listed on "Read Now" will go poof? Or can we only see the date when they'll be archived *after* we download them?

I'm asking because I've got a ton of books bookmarked, and I want to first download the ones that will soon "disappear."


message 23: by Maxine (new)

Maxine (Booklover Catlady) Not with those with no archive date. Like all the books some have archive dates some don't. A bug bear of mine!


message 24: by Dee (new)

Dee The thing is, in the "Read Now" section, it seems we can't even view the archive dates for books that do have archive dates until we download them.


message 25: by Elaine (new)

Elaine I now download any books I've requested or Read Now ones as soon as I have access to them, just in case they're about to be archived. If I've too many books to read at the moment, I don't get any of the Read Now ones until I've more chance to read them!


message 26: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Dee wrote: "Has anyone read anything good lately that's available in the "Read Now" section?

I'm not a blogger or anything, and I only have my goodreads profile, so I mostly pick books from "Read Now" becaus..."


I really liked Dreamwalker. But it's Middle Grade, so I don't know how many of you would be into that,

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/sho...


message 27: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia I enjoyed it, Auntie J. I tried to imagine reading it when I was that age, and I think I would have loved it.


Dorie  - Traveling Sister :) Ellie wrote: "My blog is very new and not had much traffic but I've been approved for a lot of books (probably too many realistically but I will read them, eventually!). I do struggle to get approved by the like..."

Hi, I get approved for almost all of the books I request with the exception of Penguin. I don't know what they are looking for in a reviewer. If anyone gets books from Penguin I'd love to know their background.


message 29: by Robin (new)

Robin Dorie wrote: "Hi, I get approved for almost all of the books I request with the exception of Penguin. I don't know what they are looking for in a reviewer. If anyone gets books from Penguin I'd love to know their background. "

If you go to "Browse Publishers" and click on a publisher/imprint, then click "Approval Preferences" they will often have details on what they want in order to approve your request.

For PENGUIN GROUP Penguin it says:

"Penguin is happy to approve requests from print, online, and broadcast media, booksellers, and librarians. We require that profiles include a working email address. Reviewers must include direct links to recently updated blogs. If you review on GoodReads or Amazon, you must also have a blog to be considered for review copies. We are more likely to approve blog requests from reviewers that send in feedback on our titles, including a link to the review on your blog or website. Booksellers and librarians should include the name of the bookstore or library where they work and any professional associations they belong to."

Note that you must have a blog for them to approve you. Many Penguin imprints have the same explanation.

In general, I have found the main reason I was being declined was because I didn't have a blog. Before my blog, I had 8 approvals and 13 declines - after starting my blog, I've had 21 approvals and only 6 declines. So my approval rate went from 38% to 78% just from having a blog.

One of my recent declines was from St Martin's Press and in their approval preferences they actually say:

"--The most likely reason we are unable to fulfill the request is because we've hit our maximum allowance for the title in question, so you didn't do anything wrong!"

While not all publishers say this, I'm sure it's a factor for others too, especially the big publishers. So sometimes there's nothing you can do, except make sure you regularly check for new titles on NetGalley and request them ASAP so you get approved before they hit their max.


Dorie  - Traveling Sister :) Robin wrote: "Dorie wrote: "Hi, I get approved for almost all of the books I request with the exception of Penguin. I don't know what they are looking for in a reviewer. If anyone gets books from Penguin I'd lov..."

Hi, I don't have a blog so that is probably the reason with Penguin. I'm a bookseller and have been for many many years.

I just today did get a notice from Houghton Mifflin that "they have reached the maximum number of downloads that the publisher will allow", that's really nice to know rather than just not replying to a request which has happened several times. I've actually only been declined by Penguin.

Thanks for all of the info.


message 31: by Dorie - Traveling Sister :) (last edited May 04, 2015 11:34AM) (new)

Dorie  - Traveling Sister :) Dee wrote: "Has anyone read anything good lately that's available in the "Read Now" section?

I'm not a blogger or anything, and I only have my goodreads profile, so I mostly pick books from "Read Now" becaus..."


Hi, I just requested and downloaded Alice Hoffman's Marriage of Opposites because I love her writing. If you like her that might be one you could try because it is a READ NOW title.


message 32: by Ellie (new)

Ellie M Robin wrote: "Dorie wrote: "Hi, I get approved for almost all of the books I request with the exception of Penguin. I don't know what they are looking for in a reviewer. If anyone gets books from Penguin I'd lov..."

My blog is now a bit older and I'm much more active on Twitter and have received books direct from publishers and agents so that might have improved my approval ratings. I've been approved more recently for Penguin (does seem to depend on the imprint). St Martin's reject me each time so I've decided not to bother with them at the moment - I'm in the UK so that probably doesn't help.


message 33: by Irene (new)

Irene I find it's all a bit hit or miss. For example I was accepted for a book pretty much immediately, then a bit later asked for another title from the same publisher & was denied - this has happened a couple of times! Then there was another book where they said no, but later the same day I was "invited" to read it. Plus a couple of publishers have given me auto approval after just asking for one of their books. I'll never understand this!


message 34: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia I almost never get turned down for Penguin. Even before I started blogging.

As far as St. Martin's Press, I've requested books IMMEDIATELY upon their arrival to NG and been declined. I'm not taking it personally. Maybe sometimes they have a very small number of approvals allotted to NG. The first physical book I received through the Goodreads First Reads program was a St. Martin's Press title, so who knows. I'd never even written a review on Goodreads then!

I have a twitter account, opened when Twitter was new. I've never tweeted even once LOL! I need to add that to my ever growing list of things to do.


message 35: by Irene (new)

Irene Cynthia I too have never sent a tweet! I have an account just to follow things I'm interested in.


message 36: by Angela M (new)

Angela M I don't have s blog and when I first joined NetGalley just about a year ago , I was declined by Penguin all of the time . At some point , I started to get approved and have gotten quite a few approved by them . I'm not sure why the sudden approvals . I'm now at 83% but still got a number of Penguin approvals when I was under 80%, so I really don't know what the criteria is .
As far as St. Martin's , I had a couple of approvals in the beginning, but now mostly get rejected . So who knows?


message 37: by Ellie (new)

Ellie M He he - all good fun!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Penguin doesn't like me, but Random House (particularly their Alibi imprint) does.


Dorie  - Traveling Sister :) Angela M wrote: "I don't have s blog and when I first joined NetGalley just about a year ago , I was declined by Penguin all of the time . At some point , I started to get approved and have gotten quite a few appr..."

This is all very interesting, thanks to all who replied. Maybe at some point Penguin will start approving my requests.
St. Martin however loves me, they put me on auto approval, so who knows right! Still always tons of awesome books to download.


message 40: by Maxine (new)

Maxine (Booklover Catlady) Dorie, do you have a strong profile page? Penguin are picky with that. They also won't approve a book if you have another of theirs. Persist, they didbt app rice my requests for a long time then one day they did.


Dorie  - Traveling Sister :) Maxine wrote: "Dorie, do you have a strong profile page? Penguin are picky with that. They also won't approve a book if you have another of theirs. Persist, they didbt app rice my requests for a long time then on..."

What do you mean "if you have another of theirs", do you mean that you have one on your bookshelf or have reviewed another one of their? Just wondering


message 42: by Maxine (new)

Maxine (Booklover Catlady) I mean if you have a Penguin book on NG not reviewed yet that they won't approve another until the other is reviewed.


message 43: by Maxine (new)

Maxine (Booklover Catlady) This is just been loaded as a read now, relationship self-help:

You're Tearing Us Apart

Twenty Ways We Wreck Our Relationships and Strategies to Repair Them
Pat Love, Eva Berlander, and Kathleen McFadden


message 44: by Traci (new)

Traci I just noticed that all 3 books by Alexandra Sokoloff (The Huntress/FBI Thriller series) are currently available as read now on NetGalley. I haven't read any of her books, but they have good reviews.


message 45: by Susan (new)

Susan Julie wrote: "You've probably all already seen them, but BuzzBooks just posted their samplers of Fall and Winter books for adult and YA if interested !"

I havent seen it! Where do i go?


message 46: by Susan (new)

Susan Thanks Julie!! Im going right now!!


message 47: by Susan (new)

Susan Yeah there goes my TBR mountain!! Lol


message 48: by Susan (new)

Susan Yeah i just added three Read Now books to my shelf and requested about six others and that was just from the YA buzz book!! Hahahaha i am weak and have no self control!!!


Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* I really don't think any of us have any self control Susan - I have 26 books on my NG shelf currently, and requests in for another 5 or so. 8:D We could have worse habits.....8:D


message 50: by Susan (new)

Susan Im up to 40 as of right now thank you very much! Haha


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