When I first started on Netgalley, I really had no idea on what I should write in my bio area. Netgalley makes a big deal about the fact that having a good bio will make publishers more likely to accept your requests, however, they don’t really give you a lot of support in terms of what publishers would like to see there, so you’re left to your own devices to make something up.
In my opinion, your Netgalley bio should lean toward the professional over the personal. Publishers are more likely to accept your requests if your bio shows them how you’ll publicise their book and increase the outreach of the novel, rather than some spiel about who you are and what you like.
So, start your bio off with a little something about your reading tastes.
“I have a huge passion for reading. My favourite genres include Mystery & Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers, Horror and True Crime. I also enjoy Historical Fiction, Sci-fi, Dystopian and Short Stories.”
Then you want to get on to the good stuff, the bits the publishers are really interested in… where you will share your reviews and how many people will see them. Update this regularly so publishers can see you’re active and that all your stats are up-to-date!
I’ve set this section of my Netgalley bio up by separating all the different sites I use to review.
“Where I promote and post my reviews are as follows:
– Blog: I have a book blog called BookBum, started in Jan 2017, where I review everything I read and then post to Twitter. I currently have XXX followers on my blog, who I interact with on a daily basis. I receive XXX average monthly visitors, and XXX average monthly pageviews.
– Instagram: I use my Instagram to snap pics of my current reads and previously read books that I enjoyed, which can include Netgalley reads. I currently have XXX followers.
– Goodreads: I post all of my reviews on my Goodreads account which I’m an active user of.
– Twitter: I use Twitter to post my book reviews, share bookish news and support other book bloggers. I currently have XXX followers.
– Amazon: Once published, I will post my reviews to Amazon.
– Waterstones: Once published, I will post my reviews to the Waterstones website.“
So there is a little bit of guidance on how to write a Netgalley bio! I’m in no way saying it’s perfect, but it’s worked pretty well for me with 158 books approved so far… Hopefully, you can craft your own bio based on these recommendations!
I hope this post was helpful for you, I’d love to hear your thoughts!