When I first started on Netgalley, I really had no idea on what I should write in my bio area. Netgalley 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, the best Netgalley bio is one that you keep up-to-date with all your stats, not a whole “about me section”. Publishers are much more likely going to want to see how giving you their book is going to benefit the outreach of the novel, rather than some spiel about who you are and what you like.
Start your bio off with a little something about your reading tastes, but don’t go on forever.
“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 interested in… where you will share your reviews and how many people will see it. 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:
– Personal blog: I have a book blog called BookBum where I review everything I read and then post to Twitter and Facebook. I currently have — followers on my blog, who I interact with on a daily basis. In the month of May, I gained — views on my pages, — unique visitors, — likes on my posts and — comments!
– Goodreads: I post all of my reviews on my Goodreads account which I’m an active user of. I currently have a friends list of —, which is growing everyday.
– Twitter: I use Twitter to post my book reviews, share bookish news and support other book bloggers. I currently have — followers.
– Amazon: Once published, I will post my reviews to Amazon.
– Waterstones: Once published, I will post my reviews to the Waterstones website.
– 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 — followers.
– Bookbridgr: I use Bookbridgr to review books I’ve read. “
Now, I’m not saying what I have as my bio is perfect and that you should copy it word-for-word, because I’m sure that it could do with some work, but I thought this might be a useful post for new Netgalley’ers, to help them understand what kind of stuff to write.
I hope this post was at least a little bit helpful for someone!