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NetGalley Access for Self-Publishers


Many of us are familiar with NetGalley and its ability to get advanced reading copies of books into the hands of reviewers, but what opportunities does an individual author have for partnering with NetGalley?

NetGalley’s primary goal is to act as an online service connecting book publishers, reviewers, bloggers, and librarians. It facilitates the transfer of digital book copies to professional readers in order to help promote titles and in the hopes that readers will post positive reviews about books on places like Amazon, Goodreads, or blogs. Though reviewers can join NetGalley for free, publishers have to pay for the service. This puts independent authors in an awkward position. How can they get their books onto the NetGalley site?

Net Galley offers two options for individual authors, and sadly both of them involve a fairly significant financial investment.

1. List books directly through NetGalley – Authors can list books directly through NetGalley using one of two packages. The first costs $599 and includes a 6-month title listing as well as the presence of the title in a newsletter. The second costs $399 and includes a six-month title listing. It also has less technical support than the first option.

2. Partner with the Independent Book Publishers Association to list books – Authors can also work with the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) to have their books listed on NetGalley. Members of the IBPA can purchase the same two packages at a $50 discount, which means that package one costs $549 and package two costs $349. However membership with the IBPA also costs $129 annually, so for people who do not already belong to the association, this is the more expensive of the listing options.

The listing options are a bit complicated, but to read more about them, you can explore NetGalley’s Individual Authors page.

Overall NetGalley can be a wonderful way for independent authors to send advanced reading copies to as large of an audience as possible. Unlike other methods, it is easy for people outside of an author’s immediate network to have access to a book for reviewing purposes. However NetGalley is also expensive, and unless an independent author is dedicating a lot of time to their career as a writer, it can be a waste of money. For these authors, forwarding reviewers digital book copies made using something like  Calibre might be a better option. I suggest independent authors take the time to consider which system is best for them.

What do you all think of NetGalley’s system? I’ve used it to receive advanced reading copies but don’t plan to use it to host my own books. I’d love to hear other perspectives though, especially considering how new I am to using the site.


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On a very different note, though I may someday discuss the recent US election here, it will not be today. I am however spending a great deal of time thinking about my fellow country folk.



31 thoughts on “NetGalley Access for Self-Publishers

  1. I regularly receive Netgalley arcs and am a fan, but you’re right… You’d have to make a HUGE number of sales to be able to justify being on Netgalley. A shame, though, because it is certainly the way to get a new release out to book-hungry reviewers.

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  2. I use it to read Graphic novels since I don’t really read ebooks. But I don’t read independently published books anymore after too many horridly edited ones. I’ve noticed a lot of people use goodreads to promote their books and find reviewers though.

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  3. This is really useful info, Kristen. I am keen to join netgalley as a reader. As a writer, who knows? Everything changes in the publishing world so fast and opportunities come and go. And, of course, costs have to be very carefully considered. It would be good to hear from self publishers who have used the service. One thing for sure,it is very hard to keep up with it all – articles like this help a lot.

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    1. There really are so many options. It can be hard to find the ones that are right for each person.

      I hope that you do look into getting a NetGalley account. Since you do reviews already, I have a feeling the publishers will be much more inclined to approve you for advanced copies.

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      1. Oh, thank you for that, I didn’t know. I will certainly take a look. Once I have my ‘hopeless’ Goodreads challenge out of the way for this year I intend to have a much more structured approach in the New Year. (That is the intention, anyway!) So many books that I would love to read but I do have two aims, to review as many as I can because, as A writer I think that I can’t complain about lack of reviews if I am not willing to give them. But also, I want to keep reading as a pleasure as I know that many of the generous book bloggers out there end up with too many commitments and the whole exercise becoming stressful.😊

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  4. Hi Kristen!

    I love NetGalley. I think it’s a great resource for the involved parties, but you bring up a good point regarding the indie authors. There should be opportunities for them too. There’s so many undiscovered authors out there! I love to support them any way that I can.

    On another note would love to chat more with you sometime. Possible interview?


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    1. As technology has changed, indie authors really have been more and more on the rise. I think services for traditional publishing are still deciding what they want to do about that.

      As for collaborating on something, I’d love to chat more. Feel free to fill out the contact form on this site. I’m usually pretty good at getting back to people. (If I somehow overlooked one of your emails, do let me know.)

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