When I first set up my NetGalley account, I started sending in requests left and right, just to be rejected for all of them. I had about eight requests get rejected before I finally realized that I needed to make an adjustment of some sort.
Since making this one change in late January, I have only received one rejection. I have, very luckily, been approved for every other ARC request since. And I really believe it’s because of this one change I made.
The one change I made? I edited my profile to clearly state who my audience is and where you can find my followers, along with key stats.
It seems obvious, but publishers will only want to invest their time and resources in giving you a free book if they think it will pay off for them. And the only way they get some sense of the payoff you provide is when you share your blog an social media stats up front with them. By sharing my audience stats in short, manageable chunks, it helps publishers quickly identify the relevant information and make a decision quickly.
Think about it. A busy publishing agent isn’t going to stick around to read a few paragraphs about you and your blog. If your stats aren’t easy and quick to read, they will just hit reject and move on.
Below is a screenshot of my NetGalley profile. I would be completely remiss if I did not mention that I adapted my bio from a few examples from Evelina over at Avalinah’s Books. She does a great job of sharing multiple bloggers’ NetGalley/Edelweiss bios so you should definitely also check out her post if you want even more ideas.
I should also mention that it is really important to add all your links and link up your social accounts. As you can see by my profile, I really don’t have a huge audience. However, I work hard to interact and engage with my readers and my blog serves a certain niche in the bookish world. As such, I’m more likely to get approved for YA, but a whole lot less likely to get approved for, say self-help books or cooking books.
And that’s my one big tip that might help you land more approved ARCS on NetGalley. I hope this one change works for you as well!