We get lots of questions from authors who are wondering if NetGalley will be a good fit for promoting their books. We’ve started working on compiling a list of commonly asked questions (and their answers) here but will continue to add to this list as we go. If there’s something you are curious about that isn’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to email us and ask at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Q: Do I need to provide physical copies of my book?
A: Nope. NetGalley only deals in digital copies. Even if you’re inputting the information for a hardcopy version of your book, NetGalley users know that any copies they are approved to read will be provided in the digital format of their choice. You don’t need to worry about mailing out physical copies.
Q: Is it true that NetGalley reviewers are harsher than most reviewers?
A: There is no such thing as a “NetGalley Reviewer”. NetGalley is a system that allows professional readers to access review copies of books. These are reviewers based on blogs, Goodreads, Amazon, etc. who are looking to find books to read and review, and are eager to help promote authors. These are the same reviewers that could find your book elsewhere and review it, but they are just finding it faster through NetGalley.
But many NetGalley reviewers are extremely honest in their reviews (which doesn’t necessarily mean they are being unfair). We do make a point of declining reviewers who are consistantly overly harsh, or who belittle a book in the name of getting more hits on their blogs, but we’ll never decline someone just because they’ve given a bad review in the past. So long as you’re sure you are putting out the best possible book you can, and it is up to a professional standard, this shouldn’t be a problem. Maybe not everyone who reads your book will love it, but some readers will, and they’ll help you find an even bigger audience who will love it as much as they did.