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How Do I Make A Good Edelweiss Or NetGalley Profile? Part 2 of #NewBloggers 101 post series

Welcome to part 2 of the #NewBloggers 101 post series! Last time, we talked about when you should start requesting ARCs (advance reader copies) at all, and today? We’re going to talk about how to start doing it. So how do you make a good Edelweiss or NetGalley profile? Let’s start at the bottom and make it fun! Short quiz about how much you actually know about requesting books! But before that, if you want to find the other #NewBloggers 101 posts, just expand this list:

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The NetGalley and Edelweiss Sorting Hat

  1. Do you know what NetGalley and Edelweiss is?

    • If YES, proceed to next question.
    • If NO…

      NetGalley and Edelweiss are platforms where you can request advance reader copies of books in exchange to your honest review – technically for free (you pay for it with blood, sweat and tears!) It’s where a lot of book bloggers get good as early as a half a year before they come out! Yes, you can join – I suggest clicking those links in the question and simply signing up. NetGalley is fairly simple to navigate, and you shouldn’t have any problems. Edelweiss can be a challenge for some, cause it’s not simply a requesting platform – it’s also a platform where book sellers get books and publishers release their upcoming books catalog! It can be daunting at first, but no worries – we’ve got you covered! At the end of this post I will be redirecting you to resources about how to navigate and understand Edelweiss better.

  2. Have you already tried requesting books?
    • If YES, proceed to the next question.
    • If NO…

      Requesting on both platforms is quite simple. You pick a book you like, you hit the button. In Edelweiss, you can also specify why you want the book or why you’re a good candidate for reviewing it, which can help! I will also be redirecting you to content where this is talked about at the end of this post, don’t worry! What you need to keep in mind when requesting, though, is to not let it get out of hand. NetGalley has a feedback ratio, where publishers can see how many books you’ve read, out of the ones you’ve received. Based on that, they can decide you’re a juvenile delinquent a person who struggles with their responsibilities, and not grant your request! Ideally, you should review or at least give publisher feedback on why you didn’t review for all your books, but 80% is still a very good ratio. You should worry if your ratio is lower than 50%. As for Edelweiss – while it does not have a ratio as such, it’s still not good overloading yourself with books, as you’ll struggle and might even have to join my State of the ARC meme or #ARCsAnonymous group to keep up with your stack. #TheStruggleIsReal

  3. Have you been granted all the requests you want? Are you positively drowning in books?

    • If YES, what are you even doing here?? 😂 you’re a NetGalley / Edelweiss wizard!!!
    • If NO…

      Well, you’ve come to the right place. Cause I’m going to cover the ways you can make your profile reflect that you’re awesomesauce an amazing and responsible blogger who will surely fulfil the publishers’ needs!

So How Do I Bling My Edelweiss And NetGalley Profile?

Throw some glitter on it.

No, but let’s get serious here. While throwing glitter is always awesome, I’m not sure they’ve implemented that the Edelweiss or NetGalley profile systems yet. (I believe it’s only a matter of time though. Don’t you?)

The Main Points Of A Good Profile

Imagine you are a busy publicist. You basically have no time to eat and sleep. And you have to handle all of these book requests, that, honesly, probably just drain the life out of you, cause honestly, there are just so many bloggers, you sometimes just feel the publishing industry is sitting on a huge anthill.

Are you imagining?

Now, consider you’ve just received 76 book requests. (If you’re VERY GOOD at this whole imagining thing, imagine that you’ve received 265.) Your coffee is rapidly cooling, you have a conference call scheduled in about 15 minutes, and you’ve got to look at all of these goddamn requests. What’s the thing you want to see?

Chances are, you’ll want the profile you’re reading to be:

  • relatively short, I don’t need ALL YOUR STATS, holy lord (it is a fact that after seeing about 10 lines of numbers we just stop paying attention)
  • but you still want to see how many followers the blog has
  • social media links are nice, but both NetGalley and Edelweiss have special spots to fill them into, so if the bio repeats them? There’s only so long that coffee is gonna be hot ya’ll
  • however, social media followers don’t take up that much space!
  • the internet is wild, the book you rep is most likely just for one region, so seeing some follower regions couldn’t hurt
  • it would be nice to see what books they typically review (Do you want your scifi book review on a strictly romance blog? Sometimes you do. Sometimes you don’t.)
  • does this blogger run some groups, participate in some street teams? (Guess I should put that on my own, huh…)
  • what makes this blogger special? Do they champion a cause?
  • do they look even remotely professional..? (We like to be fun and whimsy in the book blogging community, but remember, publishers are professionals. The photo with you in cat eats and whiskers is probably not the one you should use.)

The list could go on, but I think this is roughly it. Now, I have heard that a lot of people do not get approved on Edelweiss! For some reason, I get approved on Edelweiss quite a bit..? I have looked at people’s profiles, and found them pretty much the same as mine, with the one key difference – theirs is riddled with links and numbers. Theirs is long. Remember, the person reading your bio is a person. Just like you. If your bio makes your head swim with the numbers, 99% says it’s going to make the publicist’s head swim too!

Now I’m not saying that my profile is perfect! Which is why I’m not going to just give an example of my profile. I’m going to give several bloggers’ profiles as examples!

My NetGalley Profile

netgalley profile

Nicole’s @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction Profile

Nicole has blogged about starting out on NetGalley before and you should also read that post for further info! This here is her NetGalley profile:

Heena’s @ Heena Rathore NetGalley Profile

I hope Heena does not mind me borrowing her profile for a bit, but also, go check out her quite extensive list about what to tweak on your NetGalley profile, which includes putting your email on it (although I’d make sure to remove @ so you don’t get spam botted!):

What About Edelweiss?

The Edelweiss profile has some minor differences. First of all, you should check out Lucy’s @ That Book Gal guide to Edelweiss. She has kindly agreed to help out our #NewBloggers group by posting one! So that should help you figure out the ins and outs of requesting books on Edelweiss, and let me talk about what you should do about your profile.

As for the profile text itself, you can keep it the same as NetGalley! Simple, huh. You will find your profile at the top of the dashboard:edelweiss profile link

And then you just fill it out, copy pasting the text into the text box:

edelweiss profile example

The rest you will do when requesting the book for the first time, and it will save your preferences for the next time! So if you click request (more about that in Lucy’s post), this is what comes up:

edelweiss profile

The two important parts here are the strength of your profile and why you are requesting this title. I’ve explained roughly what you need to write in the ‘why’ part (mostly, it needs to be about why it’s good for the publisher to give you the book rather than why you want it!) As for the profile, if it says anything other than “Excellent”, click on the little pencil symbol beside it. This is what comes up:

profile strength

You’ve already filled out the overview before, so now just head onto the ‘Links’ section and add your social media! (Have you noticed there’s a message at the bottom, saying that you should rather leave links in the links section than in the text? This is what I’ve mentioned before!) And you’re done. Now you can request books.

There now, was this so hard?

(I really tried to find a different GIF. Alas.)

And that should cover you! Now don’t forget to go read Lucy’s post about how to use Edelweiss, as well as the other posts I listed in this guide! If you want to join the #NewBloggers support chat group, just drop me a comment here or a DM on Twitter.

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

118 thoughts on “How Do I Make A Good Edelweiss Or NetGalley Profile? Part 2 of #NewBloggers 101 post series

  1. Nice post Evelina. This will really help the new bloggers to setup their profiles on NetGalley and Edelweiss 🙂 As you know I just started Edelweiss and today I was trying to update my profile. But for some reason I was not able to update my links, don’t know why. Somehow, the social icon links were not clickable. But I’ll try again 🙂
    Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday #12 | Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get ToMy Profile

    1. Thank you, Sim 🙂 I truly hope so! Hm, maybe it was a bug? Sometimes Edelweiss doesn’t work well on tablets and phones, did you do this on the PC? Also, if you’re having problems, do try to contact their support – they are amazing, they answer quickly and will explain anything that might not be working for you 🙂 I’ve asked them something once, it was a great experience.

  2. This is such a helpful & insightful post Avalinah, thank you for sharing! I myself have had pretty good luck with both platforms *knock on wood* lol, but I’m here to learn something new just in case, and that I did! My profile is set up similarly to yours with the exception that I didn’t include my Total Audience. Whelp, I just fixed that cause it can’t hurt amirght? haha! thanks again & happy reading & requesting! 😉

    1. Thank you Lilly! This whole profile-pimping stuff is most important to international bloggers, as they often get the raw deal in these situations 🙂 but I hope I can help everyone out.

      And I don’t think there’s a big difference in including a total audience or not, it’s one of those minor things 🙂 so maybe that’s why you’re doing alright on your platforms 😀 but yeah, totally couldn’t hurt to have a BIGGER number there (total numbers are the biggest anyways!)

      I’m happy you liked the post and even you found it helpful, although you don’t struggle with the platforms, even 🙂 thank you for reading!

  3. Well, this sure was super helpful. I feel that I’m quite okay on a general view with my Netgalley profile, but tonight I’m gonna try to adjust it a bit more. And to sign up on Edelweiss too *.* I just give a quick look to the catalogue and it’s full of super amazing title. I’m so bumped. This was really an amazing idea. Also because some little details are useful and needed but sometimes taken forgranted.

    1. Thank you! I’m really glad 🙂 yes, definitely do sign up (I think you already did, like yesterday?)

      I know there were some posts about how to request print ARCs after you check out the catalogues, but I don’t have the links anymore 😀

  4. I’ve never used Edelweiss, but love NetGalley. Your advice about not requesting too many books is spot on! I have a firm rule about not requesting new books until I have uploaded at least as many reviews of books I already have. Actually it’s more of a guideline that it occasionally follow!!

    I have found that requesting niche books means I am far more likely to be approved – although I accept that Russian novels in translation and Ethiopian biography might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Great for those diversity stats though.
    Stephanie Jane recently posted…The Du Lac Devil by Mary Anne Yarde + ExtractMy Profile

    1. Thank you 🙂 I agree with your rule! Had I only known back when I joined that it matters how much feedback you send xD ah well, live and learn… And that’s why I want to warn new bloggers so they wouldn’t do it 😀

      You are absolutely right – your approval rate also depends on the books you request. I think it might be why I’m more approved on Edelweiss too. But you know, it’s great that you read niche books like that 🙂 it sets you apart. And now I am very curious about visiting back your blog 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for this! My profile descriptions weren’t too bad, but this really helped me streamline them. I hadn’t given that much thought to a publicist’s mindset, so a block paragraph bio probably wasn’t the best format. My updated profiles are much easier to scan (and update, on my end) now 🙂 Another wonderful post, Evelina!! ♥
    JJ @ This Dark Material recently posted…book review: la belle sauvage (book of dust #1)My Profile

    1. I’m glad! I just truly hope it helps 🙂 of course, I can’t guarantee that’s their mindset, you know? But I assume it would be! It would be the mindset of almost any really busy person, and they ARE busy, from what I’ve heard 🙂

      So I’m wishing you many, many, many granted requests!!! 🙂

    1. Awwwwww *blushing* thank you!! I truly hope it helps 🙂
      Yeah, do try Edelweiss. Now there’s a guide too! 🙂
      It’s not super user friendly, but the website has changed TWICE since last year, so it’s probably different than what you remember now 🙂

  6. This is great advice for new bloggers! It’s also helpful to learn that some publishing imprints just don’t like you, and it’s good to accept it and move on.

    I know Edelweiss is very temperamental; I get approved nearly all the time (except by one imprint 🙁 ) but I know other much more established bloggers have never gotten approved, which is really weird!

    1. Thank you 🙂 I don’t get approved on Edelweiss all of the time, but then again – I am international, so part of it could be that. But I do get approved about the same amount of time as on NetGalley. So I wonder why some bloggers say they don’t get approved at all – it must be the profile. Or the cover letter… I don’t know what else it could be xD

  7. This is a good reminder to take another look at my NetGalley profile (I find Edelweiss too much trouble to bother with).

    Sometimes it isn’t about your profile. Tor and Orbit denied my requests for years. As it happened, I connected with an author from each on Twitter, sent the publisher a direct request for their books, and asked them to put in a good word for me. Not only did that work, but lo and behold, Tor and Orbit started approving (at least some of) my requests.

    By the way, I’m a little leery of putting my preferred genres on my profile. Since I started my SF blog, I get approved for fewer nonfiction titles, even though I still review those on Amazon.
    H.P. recently posted…Planetary Defense Command Ranks 49 SF Magazines from Best to WorstMy Profile

    1. Wow. Your comment about Tor and Orbit is really inspiring! I’ll keep that in mind. Wonder why that kept happening to you? I can understand how those pubs are extremely important to you, considering the topics of your blog – I also always weep when those two deny me (although they’ve approved me before too, so I can’t really complain, and then I am also international.)

      I think you should simply put nonfiction on your profile as well, and state that you review those on Amazon 🙂 that also matters to publishers, after all.

      But I agree with you. My profile says that I don’t read too much YA, but there will be one or two rare YA titles I request, so I often wonder if that’s what prevents me from being approved for it too much. Still, it’s not a lie. So I keep it there.

    1. Yeah, they are kind of a big deal, that’s why everyone always wants followers 🙂 I hope you do get to try, it’s one of those things that makes you feel all nice inside that you’ve been entrusted with a book like that, and also that you’re helping out, especially if it’s a relatively unknown book or author 🙂 and it’s a whole ‘nother kind of feeling when it’s a known author and you’ve been granted a book! It’s pretty awesome 🙂
      It’s fine though, even if you don’t have a lot of followers – just depends on the book choices (maybe don’t request very hyped books? Although I doubt you would go for them anyway 🙂 ). Like I said in my earlier post – I requested before I even had a blog, and thus had any followers at all 😀

  8. I read this earlier, but didn’t get a chance to comment. This was actually really helpful and prompted me to go look at my Netgalley profile. I forgot that I only had one sentence that said something about how much I love books, lol, so I deleted that and made it more professional-sounding. I also changed my photo on my profile to one that shows a hint of a smile, because sometimes things like that help. I don’t know. I did a complete overhaul, but I’m happy with it now, so thanks! 😀

    1. Aw, thanks 🙂 I’m glad it was helpful! Yeah, we often just put down like one sentence when we’re joining a platform and don’t really know how it works, and then we forget 😀
      I really hope you’ll be able to feel the results from the changes 🙂
      Also, I want to visit your blog back, but the link doesn’t work? Maybe a misspell, or..? Can you repeat your link? 🙂

        1. I see the problem now… you should go to your WordPress profile settings and change your link because it’s your old blog name I guess (harasnicolereads.WordPress.com) and wherever you comment, nobody can visit you back because your profile has the wrong link 🙂 I had this problem too at first 🙂

  9. Oooh this is very helpful! I quite wish I had something like this when I was first trying to make these profiles- it seemed like back in the day (I am SO dating myself here hah) the blogging community held this stuff like a tightly guarded secret! Only a handful of people would even discuss it privately, so I am so glad that things have changed and people are so helpful toward each other! This makes my heart happy- and it makes me happy that my profiles aren’t like, vastly different than everyone else’s! Actually, mine and Nicole’s could be twins, which isn’t surprising because she and I are twins about basically everything bookish

    Can’t believe you didn’t share your ratio though 😉
    Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight recently posted…Why Did I Not Read These 2017 Books?My Profile

    1. I guess the community was a lot more competitive then, huh? Well, I don’t feel like I should hide any of this knowledge from anyone, even if I’m international and might get way less books than others, but that’s not a reason to begrudge others their ARCs! I’m happy the community has turned more open since then 🙂 coming up with this knowledge when you’re a newbie can be truly hard!

      Haha, funny that about the twins 😀 and also. MY RATIO xD it’s a dark shadow upon my souls and it’s enough for you to know that it’s not good xD I’m not about to show it to noobs and tell them that it’s a good profile xDDDD because it’s not 😀 I mean, the rest is okay, but… my ratio will still take at least a year of work xD LOL

  10. This, right here, is super helpful! While my Netgalley profile seems fine, according to the amazing examples this post has given, I definitely have to work on Edelweiss LOL. Especially what to write in the review request, I just can’t ever make up my mind bout why I’m specifically requesting that title, now though I have a few questions to answer while doing that so yay! Thanks, again, Evelina for this series as a whole, and if I haven’t already said that, you’re super supportive <3
    Fanna recently posted…The Vanishing Spark Of Dusk by Sara Baysinger [ARC]My Profile

    1. Thank you! I think your profile might be fine, I mean, this is not the only way 🙂 but yes! Do not neglect your Edelweiss 😀 I know, writing stuff in the review request is the hardest part for me too, cause sometimes I JUST WANT A BOOK. I just want it. FOR MEEEE xD and that’s all. I won’t be writing that, will I now 😀 you have to come up with something else, in these cases… But it seems that going with a short text is best, so at least there’s that 🙂

      And thank you! I’m so glad my posts are needed, loved and helpful 🙂

  11. Thanks for sharing this! Awesome info. I have a NG account but have never used it, and haven’t been to Edelweiss, so this will help me a lot. 🙂
    Greg recently posted…Intrigue in CapriMy Profile

    1. Thank you, Greg! You’ve never used it? Well, I guess you do receive a lot of print ARCs then, huh? Cause as an international, these two platforms are pretty much all I can do 🙂 regardless, I hope the post helps just in case you want to sign up for both of the platforms 🙂

  12. I commented here yesterday, but I can’t see my comment here? 🙁
    Well I just wanted to say that this is a wonderful post and will surely help to the new bloggers. And I have set my Edelweiss profile now 😀 Lol, I was actually scared from it but after reading yours and Lucy’s post, now I am feeling much better about Edelweiss 😀
    Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday #12 | Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get ToMy Profile

    1. Aw, thank you 🙂 I think your comment went to spam, for some reason? I found it there today, and since I’m so busy during the week, I am only replying comments now 😀 whoops… Sorry about that!

      Your comment has been returned from the evil spam folder though, so everything is fine 🙂

      And I’m SO glad me and Lucy could help you feel like Edelweiss is more approachable 🙂

    1. Thanks, I’m glad I could help you out 🙂 also, hint: NetGalley isn’t as hopeless as we thought! You can still get a lot of books there, maybe minus some hyped ones 🙂 so do try! Don’t give up.
      But by all means, sign up for Edelweiss and pimp out your profile too 😀

  13. This is great for new bloggers, I used to obsess over my NG profile but fun fact, my Edelweiss profile is completely blank apart from a URL and a name because back in the days the dashboard was so hard to navigate so I didn’t even bother and I still got books I never thought I’d get which is odd…but the new one is super easy!
    Kei @ The Lovely Pages Reviews recently posted…I BINGED STRANGER THINGS AND NOW IDK WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELFMy Profile

    1. Thank you! Yeah, that’s the thing, a lot of people set up their profile on their first login, when they don’t know much about the system at all, and then forget it. It was the case for me on NetGalley for a while, and I think that’s pretty normal when you’re new 🙂 yeah, I also like the new Edelweiss profile! I wasn’t even registered for the old one xD it was… so 1999, lol.

  14. This post has been so informative! I’m bookmarking this one so I can refer back to it if I ever sign up for NetGalley or Edelweiss.

  15. This is such a great post – been waiting for it, of course. It also made me realize how unprofessional my profile was. Basically I was too lazy to work on it when I first started and only wrote one line, that had nothing to do with me reviewing books. Definitely will work on it tonight!

    Thank you!
    Andreea recently posted…WWW // 10.01.2018 – Blue CoversMy Profile

    1. Thank you loads! I do not guarantee that my profile is the best xD but it makes sense. I hope it can help you tune up yours a little bit 🙂
      And it’s perfectly natural that a new blogger wouldn’t know what to put on the profile of a completely unknown platform 🙂 it is baffling at first because you don’t even know who sees your profile or why. I hope I’ve been able to help 🙂

  16. I don’t actually need the tips in this one as I do use Netgalley and Edelweiss (although I am still daunted by Edelweiss) but I love how this post as it is a great introduction of how to put your best self on those sites and increase the chances of getting approved for books. Great tips, we’re all guilty of forgetting to include important details on our profiles.
    Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity recently posted…Five Reasons To… Read The City of BrassMy Profile

    1. Thanks 🙂 yeah, this was geared more towards new bloggers, and I think you’ve been blogging for a while now, haven’t you 🙂 I think it takes new bloggers AGES to figure this stuff out! So I’m glad to save some of that time for them 🙂

    1. Oh, you are also on the publisher side? Didn’t know that 🙂 yes, that’s right, it’s very important on NetGalley, but not on Edelweiss – there’s no ratio as far as I know it… so the profile is everything.

  17. Yes! This post is so important for new bloggers! Thanks so much for taking the time to be so helpful for newbies. I do wish this had been around when I was starting out. Not surprisingly, my profile on NetGalley is almost identical to yours, with all the same stuff like my most recent stats and my social media profiles. I did recently change the picture though to reflect my endeavor.
    Thanks for sharing all this good information!
    Karen Blue recently posted…Taking My Love for Books to the Next Level (my BIG secret project revealed!)My Profile

    1. I’m glad to hear that all the seasoned bloggers come back to tell me they’ve reached the same conclusion about the profile 🙂 it means I didn’t sell a load of bull to the newbies 😀 and yeah… everyone always has to figure it out themselves and it takes forever… so I’m just glad to help people 🙂

  18. Gurl. I feel like there is nothing more I can add other people haven’t said above. I love this post. I know you and I have personally spoken about this a few times before, so it’s not all that new to me. But it is still a great refresher! I love how clear and concise you make everything.

    Personally, I only use NetGalley. I can barely keep up with my ARCs as it is. I don’t know how you manage! I’m blown away by the number of platforms you use to promote, review, and blog. You are amazing and I bow to your superior skills. I love that Edelweiss has a way to rank your profile and help you figure out how strong it is. That’s super cool! I’m surprised NetGalley doesn’t have that– but, then again, NetGalley’s lack of support for requestors has consistently surprised me the last few months…

    Do you think that having stats can ever be a weakness to a profile? I don’t do as much with social media, and I don’t really have a ton of followers… I like my small, close-knit, more academically focused community. It’s my style, honestly. I don’t ever expect to be someone with hundreds of blog followers or thousands of social media followers. If my stats are tiny, is it still worth listing them?
    Jackie B. recently posted…Building Better Book Clubs: An Insider GlanceMy Profile

    1. Well, I don’t get approved for as many as you do on NetGalley, probably – international 🙂 so I think I end up with less that way. I have requested much less on Edelweiss though. But that’s probably because I started much later. If I only took into account the numbers of now, it would be about equal, probably.

      I don’t know about the stats, honestly. It probably does. How else would you judge if it’s a small or a big blogger? It certainly helps, although I can’t say if it hurts when it’s not there. But you’re also American. Some blogs with crap following get books just because they’re in the right country. So maybe you shouldn’t worry about that too much 🙂 plus! If you have a good feedback ratio, the profile probably matters less. About tiny stats… yeah, that’s why I started listing the totals. If your stats are small, list your social media. Always display what puts you in the best light 🙂

  19. This was such a helpful post! So I joined NetGalley back in 2016 and made the rookie mistake of requesting hundreds of books… Why? Who the hell knows. Anyways, 76 approvals later here I am. The worst part is that many of the titles I am not really interested in reading… Fail. I will be at the 40% ratio after I write a few pending reviews. I am determined to clear these books out and NEVER make that mistake again lol So once I get my shit together I will definitely be updating my profile since it is very much lacking after seeing this post. Thank you for the details.

    I’ve never really used Edelweiss… it intimidates me and confuses me. Don’t worry, I will NOT be trying anything with Edelweiss until I fix my NetGalley problem, but it’s nice to have this resource on how to create a good profile and links for user tips.

    1. I also signed up in 2016 and made the same mistake 😀 except for me it was closer to 100… ouch xD slowly making my way out of it! It’s alright if you’re not interested anymore though, do you know you can just send feedback (not the review, just the feedback box) and tell them you’re not interested anymore, and that counts towards your ratio? You’re welcome 😀

      I have finally reached 55%. I am so proud xD

      Edelweiss is more important for us internationals cause we kind of get neglected on NetGalley, so it’s perfectly fine to just stick to the one 🙂

  20. *throws coffee in own face* So my profile is like THE SAME AS YORUS. And I just get mass declined the whole freaking time so…I’m just going to go cry now. I will work on that box of the “why do you want this” a bit more though. I usually say something about why I’m enthusiastic to review the topic, but maybe if I link to a previous review or something?? IDK. I LOVED THIS POST THOUGH AND AM SAVING IT.
    Cait @ Paper Fury recently posted…10 Bookworm Habits We Should Bury In 2018 (Look, I Brought The Shovel)My Profile

    1. XD I so absolutely can’t believe you get declined though! But then again. I don’t request super hyped YA titles! I think I might not get approved for those either. Really, Edelweiss is a mystery xD

      But hey, you get a lot of print copies! And I only ever got two from micro indie publishers. So who needs Edelweiss, right xD (except for me xD)

      I know what you mean. The whole “why do you want this” box is torture xD I always wrack my brains about that. But thank you! I’m glad you loved this post 🙂 thanks for reading!

  21. This is a really great guide! You always do such great informational posts. 🙂 I’ll definitely be looking over my NetGalley and Edelweiss profiles soon to catch up and improve my percentage, and will definitely be applying some of the tips you outlined here. Thank you!
    Jamie recently posted…The Maze RunnerMy Profile

  22. Absolutely marvelous and incredibly useful post, Evelina! 😀 I loved the examples and even more the humour. 😉 I think I have accounts on both but haven’t touched it much, especially Edelweiss hahah But I know that now I have exactly everything I need if I ever want to venture in that world of reading!

    P.S. I noticed there’s some kind of new subscribe thing under the wordpress follower thing. Feedly? What made you add that? Is it something that is becoming more and more popular among bloggers? 😮
    Lashaan Balasingam recently posted…Age of Assassins by R.J. BarkerMy Profile

    1. Aw, thanks, Lashaan 🙂 where would I be without my humor?

      Feedly, yeah 🙂 nope, Feedly isn’t popular among bloggers (as you can see, it’s a significantly smaller number than the others xD) but I downloaded the app myself, and I was like, HEY, I HAVE 20 FOLLOWERS I NEVER KNEW I HAD! I know Bookidote has 2000, so maybe it’s not much for you 😀 but for me it’s kind of a lot. So I decided that maybe I should give people more flexibility in the way they follow me. And now there are 3 ways, and all of them are displayed 🙂 all the comfort to follow me however you want. Heh 🙂 and Feedly is a really nice app, you can put the blogs you follow into categories. It’s really awesome. I keep a feed of close blogger friends, you guys are in it 🙂

      1. Hahahhah it’s not because of that huge number of followers that each and every one of them aren’t valuable to us!! 😛 A lot of them are “dead” followers though (they don’t blog, don’t use their accounts anymore, etc.). 😉 I care for each person who cares back though. But finding out that you’ve got 20 dedicated peepz on Feedly is pretty cool though!!! And I’m honored to hear us among your own Feedly buddies!! I might try it out and use it the same way as you too maybe. I just transitioned into using a separate email and getting notifications from those that actually talk to me so maybe Feedly would make things even more easier than my email method. Thanks for the info! 😀
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        1. I’ve also been wondering about that. Where do the ‘dead’ followers evem go xD but you know, they’re not a total loss – at least you look cool and are a big blogger in the eyes of publishers 😀

          Yeah, Feedly could make it easier for you, especially because it’s just easier than wading through emails – it’s less intrusive. And you can bookmark posts, put them on “read later” lists and sort them. It’s pretty amazing, I am super impressed with that app 🙂 plus it looks so clean!

  23. I do not seem to have trouble with Netgalley, but not once have I been approved on Edelweiss. My goal is to spruce up my profiles on both sites this month and see if a new profile makes a difference on Edelweiss. Thanks for the info and links!

  24. Wow this post is exactly what I needed and a literal life saver I have always been struggling with filling out my profile for Edelweiss and Netgalley, because I was super awkward about what to write. Now I’m going to rework my profiles a bit and polish them. Thanks for the post, as it’s really, really helpful 🙂

  25. I’ve been thinking about going back and revamping my profiles a bit. My info is getting old and it’s good to update it occasionally. You mentioned not including links, and I’ve always thought that was sort of redundant, so I’d been wondering if I should take them out. I’m sort of undecided. I didn’t realize that you could check the quality of your Edelweiss profile. I’ll have to do that!

    By the way, feel free to link these posts up in the Discussion Challenge link-up. Even though they’re more instructional than discussions, per se, they are super helpful and they do spark discussion!
    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction recently posted…Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry: Review & GiveawayMy Profile

    1. Yeah, it’s to do with the recent profile update they’ve done. I think now that they’ve incorporated the links into the profile anyway, it’s probably best to remove them, but you’ve got a good history, so it probably doesn’t matter much either way. Maybe more important for the newbies, in this case 🙂

      And thanks! I totally linked up 🙂 I had absolutely forgotten 😀

  26. I am kinda late for this post, but I am really thankful for it. Recently my Edelweiss requests have been denied often and while I realise it is possibly because I have not posted regularly (real life), my profile strength was just ‘fair’. I changed it to ‘excellent’ today so I hope my success rate will improve a bit 🙂
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    1. You’re never late, Katie 🙂 I’m glad! I’m really glad I could help out. Yeah, I hope the profile strength should help 🙂 but rest easy, Edelweiss is just a tough beast to appease, I have been denied lately too 😀

  27. I loved this! Thanks so much for the tips! I’m always looking for tricks and new info for expanding my blog and ARC abilities and this really helped!
    Appreciate it! Happy reading 🙂

  28. This is super useful for those starting out. I think my NetGalley profile is quite similar to yours, basic introduction to my blog and then the stats across platforms. I do have a note at the bottom politely suggesting they add me to their auto-approve list if they want me to review more of their books. I don’t really request much now and generally browse what’s auto-approved.

    I would say if there’s something you really want (and it’s not a book that obviously has been request thousands of times) it’s worth asking a publicist at that imprint on Twitter. I thought Orion was ignoring me as I had loads of unanswered requests a few years back and there was a book I really wanted. I asked on Twitter and low and behold they auto-approved me. I’ve also had publicists email me a widget if I’ve asked about a book. I think building up contacts is just as important as a good profile, as some people will recognise you and approve without reading it. UK book world is pretty small though.
    Ellie Warren recently posted…ObsidioMy Profile

    1. Thanks 🙂 I’m glad you found it useful! Haha, that note about auto-approvals is very smart 😀 I’m international though, so not many auto-approvals for me, but hmm, maybe I should consider that edit in my profile too 🙂 just to put that idea in their heads 😀

      Ah, interesting about Twitter! Yes, I guess they do receive a ton of emails, don’t they? So maybe it just drew their attention. Awesome idea there 🙂 don’t know about auto-approvals like I said, I am international, so they might not be able to approve me for all the titles before even checking, but that’s still very smart 🙂 after all, when you think about it – it’s people on the other end. People just like us, not machines. There will be things they won’t notice or profiles that just fail to catch their eye, or arrive at the worst timing.

      And you’re definitely right about knowing the people. In the end, it’s all about knowing the people – NetGalley is a nice thing that takes the middle man out, but it also doesn’t help you work on the connections.

      Thank you for this amazing comment 🙂

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