By now I’m sure you’re familiar with my Most Super-Duper, Exhaustive, Comprehensive, and Current Listing of Free and Paid Book Advertising Websites and Ideas, and if you’re not – have a look. It’s not only a list of promo websites that I’ve been compiling for many months but also a diary of my experiences with some of them.
If you’ve seen it, perhaps you’ve noticed the listing for NetGalley and my lamenting about its price – or maybe you’ve heard of it through other channels. It’s a free service for any blogger, reviewer or librarian to request titles for review before they’re published. It’s the authors and publishers that have to pay. A lot. $399 just to list one book – you can understand why I’d never tried it before.
It’s an industry standard and a great service – this is how you could get those early reviews for your book, to give it an extra oomph on launch day. So imagine my delight when I came across a mention of “NetGalley co-op” on KBoards. I looked into it, and guess what – it’s an independent press with a subscription to NetGalley, who are willing to sublet listings for as little as $50 a month! Author after author on KBoards are singing its praises and I’m going to list both Shizzle, Inc and Indiot with them, for 1 month and 3 months, respectively, starting in July. I will be posting a review and a comparison of results for 1 month vs 3 months in October, but I just could not keep this secret to myself.