I didn't participate in 2013 Challenge, and I have to admit that I was and still am among those who are not convinced into motives of such a challenge, but there is no doubt that some things posted on Recipes for Success were quite helpful, especially all information about what you, as a blogger and reviewer, should post on your NetGalley biography and reading about publisher's thoughts about writing reviews.
This year I decided to be less doubtful and sign Netgalley Wellness Challenge 2014 pledge -it doesn't hurt that there will be " a $100 gift certificate to the book retailer of your choice to 5 random members".
NetGalley decided to focus on "book talking" skills - creating a buzz and spreading a word about upcoming releases among reading community. And submitting reviews, of course. Well, is it me or all this looks like trying to make readers do marketing and promotion? You can write a reviews as long as they are creating positive buzz that will result in people buying books? Does this mean that if I submit reviews regularly, but they are mostly negative that publishers will start to decline my requests?
I have no delusions about why authors and publishers are mostly using NetGalley and other similar websites - give ARCs to bloggers and reviewers and you get the best promotion. Readers are happy that they got early copies of books they want to read. They don't look for anything else in exchange. Just free, advanced copies of books. Yey! (If that's not case with you, I'd love to hear your thoughts.) And then all those bloggers and Goodreads users do this other thing - great thing for publishers and authors -
we brag with our book haul.Waiting on Wednesday, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post, In my Mailbox... Sometimes we don't even get to read all ARCs we get, but only mentioning titles in weekly meme posts creates a buzz. I remember all the times I saw same book on dozen WOW posts. And later on Sunday Posts. Of course I want to see what the big deal is about.
What will I do/read?
I have a ton review copies I need to read, but I'll focus on few titles that I really am interested into. I'll try to read them all and submit my reviews, but as always I plan to be honest. If I end up hating some of them, I will tell you that. Loudly. My Twitter feed will probably be main media for all observations and thoughts about reviewing and "buzzing", so if you don't follow me, do it now. (Please!)
Did you sign Netgalley Wellness Challenge pledge? Love or hate challenges? Do you manage to read and review all books you request?