When I first started reviewing I was reliant largely on books from my shelves and the occasional book I was receiving for review (very occasional). While this was a good way to get started, it wasn’t really that useful for readers, as I wasn’t really reviewing anything that new. There is a place for that of course – book reviews are helpful for authors whenever they are written, especially if their book hasn’t had as much coverage as others – but I wanted to be reviewing new stuff.
Then I discovered NetGalley. NetGalley, for those of you who don’t know, is an online resource for book bloggers where you can request eARCs of books. You then submit your feedback and build up relationships with the publishing companies, sometimes leading to be ‘auto-approved’ by companies, meaning you can get any of their books without being rejected.
Through NetGalley I started being able to access new and upcoming books. It meant that I was getting many more reviews and that meant reading many exciting stuff that I wouldn’t have otherwise had the chance to read.
The problem with the NetGalley approach is you request books anticipating being rejected a few times. Then sometimes you aren’t, and then you get way too many books to read. I’ve been talking about my NetGalley backlog for a while now, and I’m hoping to finally get through it enough to start requesting again. When I do I will definitely only be requesting one book at a time and making sure it’s something I REALLY want to read!