So, I've been on NetGalley for a while and I decided that I know what I'm doing well enough to give advice.
So here's what you do when you start out:
This is first thing people see of you when you request a book.
Make sure you:
- add a profile picture
- add a bio
- add a description
- tell everyone how awesome you are and don't be shy!! (this doesn't mean exaggerating, no lies here, people will actually check everything and if you lie, you're not going to get approved for anything ever)
But what the heck am I supposed to put into the bio?
I got you.
It's a simple formula:
1. Thanking the publisher for considering you because you're polite and professional.
2. Introducing your blog in one or two sentences.
Example: "My blog X is a YA books only blog. I post discussions and review books. I like this and that genre the best."
3. Introducing your schedule so the publisher knows when to expect a review.
Example: "I review 10 books a week and read about 6 books a week."
4. Adding a fancy sentence if you have cool other platforms.
Example: "I am an Amazon Top 100 reviewer / I have a billion friends on Goodreads / I have an instagram with a million followers."
5. Adding the link to your blog and your email address.
6. Copying your blog statistics.
- X reviews published since X
- Daily views:
- Monthly views:
- Unique Visitors per month:
- Total views:
- via Google Friend Connect:
- via Bloglovin:
- via Twitter: (@username)
- via tumblr: (username)
- via Google +:
- via Goodreads: X friends + Y following reviews
- via (other platform that I do not use):
Total reach: ~ X
It's super important to add as much detail as possible but not to ramble. 500 words is the absolute maximum, nobody will read your life story here. Stick to the basics, stick to the stuff that's relevant for the publisher. If you won blog awards (not those tag award things!), add them. Add everything that proves that you're a successful blogger!
Make sure to regularly update your statistics - at least a month. Even if they go down, always be honest!