The One on Netgalley
Friends, Librarians, Media Professionals, lend me your ears: The Darkest Minds is up a little early on Netgalley and available for requests. But--as many of you have noted--Disney*Hyperion is not accepting blogger requests at this time.
Judging by Twitter, this has been a bit of a disappointment for you guys out there, not just for my title but also other upcoming ones like Beta by Rachel Cohn and Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. Toootally get it, and I'm really sorry for it. I don't have any kind of official explanation for you as to why this is D*H policy, but I'm not about to question the wisdom of the House of the Mouse. If I had to guess--and let me stress here again that this is my opinion--they've probably made this decision based on how overwhelming the blogger requests can be. Or, possibly, they want to limit the flow of review copies that going out and keep to a kind of schedule on them.
In the case of the first, let me tell you--at work (and remember here that I work for a big publishing house), I think the Netgalley request approvals are split between three separate people. Someone in my department handles educator and librarian requests, another handles media and professional reviews, and one or more publicity assistants are in charge of bloggers and everyone else.
Netgalley, while an amazing resource, takes a lot of time and energy on the publisher's end. At any given time, the publicity assistants are sorting through hundreds and thousands of requests--and by sorting through I mean that they're checking to ensure the people requesting titles have 1) and actual blog 2) followers and 3) meet all of the other criteria they've set forth. It is sort of soul-crushing and overwhelming at times, so I can't hold it against D*H.
This is sort of an insane time in the publishing world with BEA next week and ALA Annual shortly thereafter. I'm going to ask my editor and the amazing marketing folks at D*H if it would be possible, later in the summer, to open the title up for bloggers for a limited amount of time. A week or two, tops. I'm not sure they'll go for it, but I promise I'll ask.
As I'm sure you guys have noticed, many children's publishers aren't even ON Netgalley anymore--Penguin pretty much never uploads anything, I don't see Little, Brown listed, S&S has their own digital galley program, and it looks like Harper is gone. Which really makes me wonder what the future will hold.
I do have a question for you guys, though--how many of you actually use Netgalley/like using Netgalley? Because many publishers have now banished their shiny print catalogs to yesteryears, they're on a platform called Edelweiss, which, in addition to being an online catalog, allows educators and librarians to request titles in a similar way to Netgalley. That might be an option for bloggers one day. Or do you guys still prefer an actual printed galley above all else?