Book Blogging Tips / Blogtober Day 25

I’ve been blogging for four years now. It’s crazy how fast time flies. I am still not an expert when it comes to blogging, but I’ve learned a few things over the years. I have a blog post giving some advice from a few years ago, and I still stand by those points. However, I think this updated post is necessary, and I have some new tips to share!

Here they are:

🖊 Be consistent, but give yourself breaks.

Consistency really is key. I have seen it in my own stats. When I post once a week, or twice a week, my readers know what to expect. More people are also able to find you the more frequently you post.

However, everyone needs a break. I’ve taken many blogging breaks during my time on here, and trust me, they were much needed. You’ll be much happier in the long run, and you’ll be able to prevent burn out.

Prioritize your mental health!!

🖊 Find your voice.

Finding your voice is probably the hardest tip to achieve that I can give, but I think it’s important. The easiest way to do this is by thinking about the way you communicate in real life. Do you like to crack jokes? Are you sarcastic? Are you a super happy, ball of energy? Show that in your writing! Use bold or capital letters, add some humor, put in your dialect, etc.

Some of the best examples of distinct voices are May, Marie, Cait, and Shealea.

Read through a couple of their posts. You’ll be able to tell the difference between their writing styles because each one is super unique!

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🖊 Don’t compare yourself to others.

I know I just told you to go look at a few other bloggers, but at the same time, don’t compare yourself to them. You are your own person, and you will do things in your own way. It is important to keep that in mind, especially if you are a beginner blogger. Don’t look at the way some people have a developed style and you might not yet. Don’t think about how many readers someone else is gaining that you’re not.

It’s totally ok to look up to certain bloggers, but remember, they got where they are now through a lot of hard work and dedication. It doesn’t happen overnight. To get where you want to be, you just have to be patient and continue to do the thing you love.

🖊 Stats aren’t everything

It can be easy to feel discouraged because you’re putting in a lot of work for each blog post, but then no one is reading them. It’s ok. Keep putting out this content, and eventually, an audience will come to you. It takes a lot of time, especially in the beginning. Try not to focus on the stats because that will only tear you apart and won’t make you happy. Focus on the writing and the reading, the rest will follow.

🖊 Don’t feel pressured to post specific content or read specific books

When I first started blogging, I was not reading all of the books that everyone else was. I didn’t buy a lot of books in general. I would go to my library and pick up a random book, read the synopsis, and decide if I wanted to borrow it or not. I did not reach for Goodreads to read the reviews first.

Eventually we all fall to the hype- maybe not all the time, but you may sometimes find yourself browsing a bookstore and picking up books that you’ve heard about online. You might not even glance at books you’ve never heard of. And if you only read “popular” books, that is totally fine! Most of my reads can be considered hyped books.

BUT, don’t read those because you feel like you need to. Read them because you want to. If you’re a romance reader, read and write about romance books. If you like fantasy, don’t force yourself to read the next hyped contemporary if you don’t want to.

The same goes for your content. You don’t have to post TBRs, wrap-ups, tags, etc. If you want to, do it. But if you have a really cool, creative post idea that you’re afraid to share because it’s uncommon, you should just go for it!

No two blogs are going to look the same, and that is ok. In fact, it’s what makes this community so great. We all enjoy different books, we all have different styles and tastes.

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I hope this post was helpful in some way! Please leave a comment with any other book blogging (or blogging in general) tips you have.

Do you like this type of post? Would you want to see more like it?

Jessica

If You Like This TV Show, You’ll Like This Book / Blogtober Day 24

Hello! I’ve had this blog post idea for a long time because it was a popular Booktube trend. I think it’s so fun to watch, so I’m putting it in blog form!

A lot of these pairings were chosen not because the plot lines are similar, or the entire story is the same. I chose them because they either have a similar vibe or both involve the same kind of trope/element, so keep that in mind!

Truly Devious

Gilmore Girls – Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Ok, hear me out on this one. The atmosphere of both the book and the tv show just seem like a perfect fit for me. When I think of Gilmore Girls, I think of cozy, fall, and school. Rory reminds me a lot of Truly Devious’ main character, Stevie. Ellingham Academy is a school for only the brightest students, much like Chilton is a school for the elite in Gilmore Girls. Obviously, there is no murder mystery involved in Gilmore Girls, but I do think Truly Devious is a cozy book to read in the fall time, and in between chapters, you can watch some reruns of Gilmore Girls!

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Bonus- If you love Gilmore Girls, I HIGHLY recommend reading Lauren Graham’s (who plays Lorelai) memoir Talking As Fast As I Can. The audiobook is narrated by her, and it made me feel like I was back in Stars Hollow. She tells a lot of stories about the show, too. Very enjoyable.

the unexpected everything

Scandal – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I always try to stay informed on the latest news and political drama. I absolutely LOVE the show Scandal. It can be a bit too dramatic at times, but it was entertaining and interesting. The Unexpected Everything is about a girl whose dad is a governor (or mayor? something like that), so we’re not exactly at the same playing field here (Scandal is about the President of the US). But, both still involve a SCANDAL–haha, get it?–so I think they’re comparable. There is also romance in both, and plenty of drama.

I feel like The Unexpected Everything is the PG-13 version of scandal.

With the Fire on High

Switched at Birth- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I feel like Daphne from Switched at Birth has a similar personality (and interests) to Emoni in With the Fire on High. Both are super fierce, intelligent, and love to cook! Daphne was raised by a Puerto Rican mother, but her biological parents are white. Emoni is afro-latinx, so they also have that in common. I just loved both of these characters so much, and I can totally see them being friends because of how close they are in personality.

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House of Anubis- Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns

I love stories about creepy boarding schools. That’s what you get in both of these. I know, I’m really bringing it back with House of Anubis, but I feel like there aren’t that many shows about creepy boarding schools. Luckily, there are plenty of books to fill that void in my life! If you like that creepy school-vibe, both of these will give that to you!

Sanctuary Bay is also super underrated, and I think more people should pick it up! I got it off of BookOutlet on a whim one time, but I was so surprised by it. I need to do a re-read.

and then there were none

How To Get Away With Murder – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

This one might seem like a bit of a stretch, but both involve murder (and getting away with it). If you are into murder mysteries, you will love And Then There Were None. I honestly wasn’t able to guess the murderer, so it was definitely a great plot twist for me! How to Get Away With Murder is exactly as the title suggests- it’s about a group of law students who try to get away with murder!

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If you’ve seen any of these tv shows and read the books, let me know what you thought of my pairings! I know they are not super straightforward, but I personally can see the connections between them! They make sense in my mind at least.

Thanks for reading. Bye!

Jessica

Totally Didn’t Book Tag / Blogtober Day 23

Kerri tagged me to do this super fun tag a few months ago, but I never found the time to do it. I finally sat down and thought about my answers to this tag, and I’m going to share it with you now!

  1. Totally didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels.

I actually don’t really have an answer for this one. I don’t really read many series. There are some series I think suffered from middle book syndrome (*cough* Grisha trilogy), but I wouldn’t say the rest of the series was unnecessary.

  1. Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view.

Finale by Stephanie Garber. I loved that the first book followed one sister, and the second book followed the other sister, but the third should not have followed both. It was really confusing, and I don’t think it did the story justice.

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  1. Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series.

The Diviners. I love the original cover so much, but I’m not really a fan of the rest of the series’ covers. I haven’t read the books, so I can’t talk about whether the change reflects the book better, but I do know that I wish they continued with the look of the first book.

The Summer I Turned Pretty

  1. Totally didn’t need a love triangle.

The love triangle trope is so overdone that you can name pretty much any book and that would work. One example that really comes to mind is The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I hate the falling in love with two brothers thing. Not really a fan of that.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

  1. Totally didn’t need this book to be included in this series.

Like I mentioned in the first question, I think the second book in the Grisha trilogy (Siege and Storm) was not necessary. I feel like nothing really happened for most of it except for a love square. It could have either been shortened by like 100 pages, or should have been removed completely. It honestly barely added anything to the story in my opinion.

  1. Totally didn’t need a cliffhanger.

I actually can’t think of an answer for this one. I can’t think of a book that had a cliffhanger but didn’t have another book in the series. Or, if it did end with a cliffhanger, it was meant to and it worked well for the story (Wilder Girls, for example). I usually don’t mind cliffhangers. I do remember there was a book I read for school with a cliffhanger that made me so angry, but I can’t remember what book it was or what it was even about.

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  1. Totally didn’t need to have just one point of view.

I think Eliza and Her Monsters could have had another point of view in their- one for Wallace. I felt like they were both such interesting characters so it would have been interesting to see his side of the story.

  1. Totally didn’t need that much hype.

Fix Her Up. I just don’t get why so many people liked this book. I’ve ranted about it enough, though, so I won’t torture you more here.

  1. Totally didn’t need a relative book reference. (Eg, For example: Hunger Games fan would love Divergent.)

I’m going to steal Kerri’s answer for this one and say anything that gets compared to Harry Potter- usually it’s nothing like Harry Potter (and many times it’s actually better than HP). I don’t ever really decide to pick up a book just because it’s said to be similar to another book, so I feel like I can’t say much for this one.

  1. Totally didn’t deserve my time.

The Death of Us by Alice Kuipers. This book was just so poorly written, it seemed as though no one had even edited it before it was published. I was not a fan of it at all, but it was a really short book, which is the only thing that got me through it.

Also, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is another one. I’ve heard so many people rave about this book, but I thought it was a waste of my time. The author did not provide anything new to me, it was boring, and I would not recommend it to anyone.

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That is it for this tag! I hope you enjoyed it, and maybe even agree with some of my replies! I tag all of you to do it if you want :)

Jessica

On Mood Reading- A Discussion / Blogtober Day 22

I have always called myself a “mood reader.” When it’s spooky season, I want to read all of the dark and scary books. In the summer, I go for contemporaries. Sometimes I’m in the mood to only read fantasies for an entire month, and sometimes I can’t even decide what mood I am in, I just know that every single book I start I’m not in the mood for.

But this has become a problem. I always set TBRs for myself and then I don’t follow them. Or I have an ARC I need to read before publication, but I don’t feel like it’s the “right time.” I can’t even tell you how many books I’ve picked up only to read a couple of chapters and put them down again. I’ll get to it another time, I tell myself. And then I never do.

I’ve actually been trying to train myself to stop being a mood reader, which sounds weird, but it’s working.

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This month, I decided I wanted to ACTUALLY read all of the books on my TBR. Out of the 7, I’ve read 3 of them, and I’m in the middle of 2 more. I forced myself to pick them up and start reading them regardless of the fact that I wasn’t “in the mood.”

And guess what? I LOVED them and couldn’t put them down once I started. Not being in the right mood had nothing to do with my enjoyment of the book because if a book is good, I’m going to like it no matter if I read it in July or December.

Along with this, I realized that I need to keep my TBRs each month small and manageable. This way I can get through the books I have to read that month, but I still have room to pick up others I want to read at the moment. This month’s TBR was a bit ambitious since I’m in school and have a lot of assignments to do. In the future, I’ll probably keep my TBRs at 5 books. That’s a little over 1 a week.

Obviously, if I’m not liking a book on my TBR, I’m not going to force myself to finish it. I am all about DNF’ing books. And yes, sometimes I’m still going to put down a book simply because I’m not in the right mindset for it. But, I’m hoping that by training myself a bit more, I will be able to hit deadlines faster, finish all of the books I’ve intended to read, and maybe even discover some new favorites along the way!

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So tell me, are you a mood reader? How do you choose your next read?

Jessica

Bookish Tattoos I Want to Get / Blogtober Day 21

I don’t have any tattoos. Yet. But there are so many that I want. Not necessarily all bookish, but there are quite a few bookish ones I’m interested in.

Pinterest is my best friend when it comes to finding tattoos, so that’s where all of these pictures are from. They are not my own!

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I would love a tattoo with a book incorporated directly on it in some way. These are some of my favorite examples:

Symbols

I think tattoos of symbols like “&” and quotation marks are adorable. I’m a fan of simple, minimalistic tattoos, so this is one I’m most likely to get.

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Erin Morgenstern Related

I fell in love with Erin Morgenstern’s writing this year. I would love to get a tattoo dedicated to either The Night Circus or The Starless Sea. I would either get a symbol of some kind to represent the books (like a bee, a key, and a sword for The Starless Sea) or a direct quote from one of them.

erin morgenstern tattoo

Writer

As both a reader and a writer, I would like to represent both in some way. I like the idea of a typewriter. It’s pretty, but it’s simple. I also love the quote pictured below. I think it would be cool to get it tattooed!

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I have tons of tattoo ideas, but I’ll most likely only end up getting one or two during my lifetime. Do you have any tattoos? If so, what are they? If not, do you want to get some?

Jessica

Apps I Use For Bookstagram / Blogtober Day 20

I used to be an avid Twitter user. I mean, I still am. But as of a few months ago, I’ve been really dedicated to making my Bookstagram look nice. I love coming up with new themes, taking pictures, writing captions, etc.

For today’s post, I wanted to share some of the apps that I use for Instagram. Maybe you’ll even find a new app to use!

VSCO:

Almost everyone is familiar with this app, but if you’re not, it’s basically a filtering app. They have tons of filters to choose from (plus you can buy more packs). I’ve been using this one for years now, and it is a classic for quickly making any picture look great!

Some of my favorite filters are…

  • 04
  • A6
  • C6
  • HB1
  • HB2
  • M5

Here are some before and afters using just VSCO:

Lightroom:

This is another app that many people know. It’s the mobile version of one of the photoshop applications. This one is great for creating your own filters, or “presets.” You can play around with the color of the picture, edit the lighting, and do much more. It’s basically the advanced version of VSCO- like taking off the training wheels. But once you get used to it, it’s super simple to use!

You can also buy pre-made presets online on sites like Etsy, and from some Instagram users. You can apply a specific set of edits onto each of your pictures. I’ve purchased a couple, and they are really nice! Just choose carefully because you want to make sure the presets you buy are going to work with the type of pictures you take. You don’t want to spend money on a preset you’ll never use (like I’ve done before).

Snapseed:

This is the final photo editing app I have on this list, but it’s one of my favorites. I usually edit my pictures on here first, and then I put it through either VSCO or lightroom. There are so many tools on this app, from editing the lighting in one specific area of the picture, to adding filters, and more. It is incredible and kind of a hidden gem. It’s not as well known as the first two.

UNUM:

On top of editing my pictures, I also plan out my feed. I don’t want too many flatlays in a row or two pictures of the same book. Unum lets you lay out your pictures, add a caption, and even post straight from their app. I usually write my captions straight onto Instagram, but this is a great feature if you want to plan out many pictures in advance. There are a ton of apps similar to this one, but this is my favorite.

Nichi:

The last app on this list is a story editing app. It has so many cute stickers and pictures you can add. I use this one pretty frequently when putting updates on my story. Again, there are tons of story editing apps, but this one has been my favorite.

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Those are all the apps I used most frequently. I am having so much fun playing around with the editing of my Instagram, and I hope you guys are liking my current feed! Again, if you want to follow me, click here.

What are some of your go-to apps? Do you use any of the ones I mentioned?

Jessica

I Should Have Read That Book Tag / Blogtober Day 19

Hello, I’m back with another tag today! I found this one over at Paperfury, and I really liked it. I wasn’t tagged, but I decided I would answer these questions for you anyways!

A BOOK THAT A CERTAIN FRIEND IS ALWAYS TELLING YOU TO READ

six of crows

I can’t even tell you how many times people have told me to read Six of Crows. I plan on it, I swear. Now that I’ve read the Grisha trilogy, I can finally read this one. I’m just waiting until I have time to read it- aka probably not until January. I have some other higher priority books right now, so once I am free of those commitments, I will tackle this one.

A BOOK THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR TBR FOREVER AND YET YOU STILL HAVEN’T PICKED IT UP

Beholding Bee

Choose any of 70+ books on my TBR. But seriously, I have a bad habit of buying books knowing that I won’t get to them for at least a month. Probably more than that. If I had to go with just one for this, it’ll be Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco. I bought this one with my first every purchase from BookOutlet, and let me just say- I went a little book crazy. I added a lot of books to my cart that I had never heard of, simply because they only cost a dollar or two. I have curbed my impulsive spending since then, but this book has not yet made its way off of my TBR and into my read pile. One day.

A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU’VE STARTED, BUT HAVEN’T GOTTEN ROUND TO FINISHING YET

gemina

I read Illuminae in like 2017, but I haven’t continued the series since then. I really, really enjoyed it, but I don’t own the rest of the series. That’s pretty much my only reason for not continuing. I don’t want to borrow the e-book or audiobook from my library because of the format of the book, and I’m away at school most of the year, so I can’t borrow the physical copy. Maybe one summer I’ll find time to get it from the library!

A CLASSIC YOU’VE ALWAYS LIKED THE SOUND OF, BUT NEVER ACTUALLY READ

I actually just wrote a post about some of the classics I want to read. I’m trying to get better at reading classics, but I don’t pick them up that often because they usually require more time to read. Even shorter classics take more time than regular books because of the style of the writing. I just prefer to read them slower to actually absorb the information!

A POPULAR BOOK THAT IT SEEMS EVERYONE BUT YOU HAS READ

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. This one just came out, but it seems like everyone has already read it. This is a thriller inspired by the book The Turn of the Screw. I honestly have no idea what either of them is about, but I’m okay with that. I just know that most people loved this one and think it’s Ruth Ware’s best book.

A BOOK THAT INSPIRED A FILM/TV ADAPTATION THAT YOU REALLY LOVE, BUT YOU JUST HAVEN’T READ IT YET

Carrie by Stephen King is the first one I thought of. I really enjoyed the movie, but I haven’t found time to pick up the book. I think I’ve been a little worried about picking up King again because I didn’t like “It.” I do think I will enjoy some of his other novels, though, and Carrie’s a shorter one, so it’s manageable. Again, this is not a high priority of mine, but I will hopefully read it eventually.

A BOOK YOU SEE ALL OVER INSTAGRAM BUT HAVEN’T PICKED UP YET

the devouring gray

The Devouring Gray. This book is beautiful, so it’s no surprise that everyone has been photographing it. I think I will absolutely love it, so I definitely want to read it eventually. I’ve been eyeing this one ever since it came out. I’ve been very bad at staying on top of new releases, though because of my long list of backlist titles to read.

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That is it for this tag! These are just a few of the many books that I should have read by now but haven’t. This was a lot of fun, so I tag everyone to do it if you want to!

Be sure to leave a comment telling me what books you haven’t read yet but really should have.

Jessica

Almost Home by Madisen Kuhn- Review / Blogtober Day 18

I was recently sent an ARC of Madisen Kuhn’s newest poetry collection, Almost Home. The book came out at the beginning of the month, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested in it!

I have read both of Madisen’s previous collections, so I was already familiar with her poetry, and I was very excited about this book.

In Almost Home, Madisen takes us on a journey through a home. At each location, we explore a different part of her life, and get to look deeper into her mind. This concept was so cool. I really loved the theme of a house; it was very unique.

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The writing itself was beautiful. Madisen knows exactly how to pull you in and keep you close. You feel like you are following her life through her eyes, like you have lived through It yourself.

I found myself relating to so many of the poems, even if the events she was describing are not ones I have gone through. The feelings they evoke are some we can all connect with. The imagery in each poem was beautiful. It made you feel like you were walking through a forest, strolling through a city, and laying in a field of grass, depending on the poem you were reading.

I honestly wish I could emulate her style in my own poetry because I love the way she can cause all of your senses to stir.

Her writing has also really improved since her first collection. You can see how much she’s grown as a writer and has found her voice.

Overall this was a pretty solid collection.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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If you’ve read this one, please feel free to share your thoughts with me! I would love to hear them :)

Jessica

Recent Reads #1 / Blogtober Day 17

Last month, I only successfully read 2 books. I was in a HUGE slump, and I hated it. But with school and other things taking priority, I couldn’t focus on reading. This month has already been so much different. I’ve read quite a few books already, so I thought I would talk about some of them today in an effort to keep my wrap-up at the end of the month a bit shorter :)

maroon daydreams

Maroon Daydreams by Cheyenne Raine:

This was a really enjoyable poetry collection! I always enjoy Cheyenne’s writing, and this collection definitely showed me why. It’s very relatable, so I could connect with many of the poems in it. I also really loved the pictures that came with this one, they were a nice touch!

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo:

I did a whole separate review post on this series as a whole, so make sure to check out that blog post to hear my thoughts! I don’t want to repeat myself too much, but this was a really fun series, and I’m so glad I got to mark it off my TBR.

Ratings: 3/5 stars, 5/5 stars

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz:

This is a kids classic book of scary stories that I’ve actually never read. I picked up the bind-up of the three books from this collection for a school club, but I was actually pleasantly surprised! This one was good, but not amazing. There were a couple of creepy stories, but they didn’t really get me. Obviously, they’re aimed at children, so that’s to be expected!

Rating: 3/5 stars

Even More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz:

This was my favorite out of the three. I tabbed the most stories that freaked me out in this one. I think the stories were more original and interesting than the previous book. It was a pleasant surprise.

Rating: 4/5 stars

More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz:

This one was good. Nothing too memorable. I enjoyed it, but I was hoping this last one would be the best. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. There were a couple of good stories in this one, but none that really stuck out to me.

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:

This is a classic that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. We all know the story of Frankenstein and his monster- or at least, we think we do. The original story is so much creepier, and it was actually quite sad, too. I listened to the audiobook which I think added to my enjoyment. I don’t know if I would have bothered to read it anytime soon had it not been for that.

Rating: 4/5 stars

A Guide to Netgalley / Blogtober Day 16

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Ah, Netgalley. Both a blessing and a curse. This site has been the cause of much of my excitement but has also been a factor in my stress. Today I thought I’d talk about my personal tips for Netgalley, and how to get the most out of it!

If you’re not familiar with it, Netgalley is a site where bloggers and book reviewers can request ARCs in exchange for an honest review of the book. It’s a simple way for people, both with large and small followings, to get their foot in the door for ARCs.

It’s how I first began reading ARCs. It took a while before I first got accepted. But don’t be discouraged! I hope the following tips will help you land some ARCs (maybe even your first)!

Keep your profile updated.

Your profile should always be up to date with the most important information about you. Include links to your social media sites, your blog/Youtube channel (if you don’t have one of those, it’s fine), and anywhere else you post about books (like Goodreads). Include the stats of all of those (how many followers you have, how many views you get, etc.). Also, include any other relevant info. This can be the genres you like to read, your location, etc.

Publishers want to be able to see as much information about you in as fast a time as possible so they can continue on with their job. Putting all of this basic info into your bio makes it easier for them to make a decision about whether to approve you for the ARC or not. If they don’t see that info right away, they probably won’t go looking for it on their own, and instead, they will just move on to someone else. Don’t give them a reason to say no before they even consider you.

Request from smaller publishers first.

When you are just starting out on Netgalley, you probably won’t get accepted by Simon and Schuster or Penguin Teen. Don’t be offended or upset by this. It makes sense from a business standpoint. Start with some smaller publishing houses to build up your profile first.

Another thing that publishers look at is your feedback ratio (I’ll explain this more in the next point). If you have never been approved for any books, they don’t know how good you are at reviewing books in a timely manner. But don’t worry- many smaller publishers still accept accounts with no feedback ratio, so start there!

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Eventually, you can work your way up to bigger publishers and may even be auto-approved by some (meaning you have unlimited access to all of the titles they post and don’t need to go through the waiting process).

But don’t request too many books.

Going back to the feedback ratio- the publishers can see how many books you’ve requested, how many you’ve been approved for, how many you were denied for, and how many you’ve reviewed. This all ties into your feedback ratio- this is the number of books you’ve been approved for to the number of books you’ve provided a review for (or feedback).

For example, if you’ve been approved for 4 books, but you only reviewed 2 of them, your feedback ratio will be 50%. If you’ve reviewed 3 of them, your ratio will be 75%. The higher your ratio, the better your chance of getting approved. Netgalley recommends a ratio of 80% or higher, but I’d say try to keep it above 70%.

That being said, don’t go crazy and request every single book on Netgalley. Chances are you’ll be accepted for a lot more than you thought you would, and you’ll be stuck with a really low ratio, and will most likely not be able to review all of the books before publication. This is also unfair to reviewers who would love the chance to review a certain book but were unable to because spaces filled up.

So, stick to only those you are truly interested in and know you will read soon! Trust me, it makes life so much easier. I know it’s tempting, and I’ve fallen into the requesting trap myself, but don’t make the same mistakes I did.

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I hope these tips were at least a little bit helpful! Let me know what other advice you have for Netgalley users as well! We can all learn from each other :)

Jessica