I’m sure all of us have that one publisher we just can’t seem to get approved for on NetGalley. I haven’t been too fussed about it because there are lots of other books I can request. And if I don’t get approved for one, I can most likely borrow it from the library when it comes out.
Plus up until last month, I hadn’t been blogging for a year yet. I figured some publishers might only approve bloggers who have proved they are sticking around. For the most part, if I get rejected for an ARC, I just shrug and add it to my list of to buy or borrow.
I’ve been super lucky I think for a lot of publishers. I have one auto-approval. If I request books from Penguin or Kensington, I get approved within a few hours to a day at the most. I’m on a few physical ARC mailing lists. And for other publishers, if I’m turned down for one book, I may get approved for another from the same publisher. So either way it’s still a win.
And yet… There’s that ONE publisher I really want to get approved for at least occasionally. (Macmillan, I’m looking at you…) I actually laughed about my rejection last month. I’ve already forgotten what book it was for. But it sat in the Pending secton of my NetGalley for 3 months. And then I got the e-mail telling me they’d run out of galleys. I read the e-mail, started laughing, and thought to myself. “Well of course you’ve run out, I requested this 3 months ago!”
And that’s pretty typical for this publisher and me. I have 4 books from them in Pending status right now. 1 I requested in August. 1 I requested in September. And 2 I requested this month. I’m not holding my breath that I’ll be approved for any of them. But I’m honestly not sure why. I’ve read their Approval Preferences. Nothing jumps out at me saying that I need to improve such-and-such a thing.
But I’ll keep trying because they have a lot of middle grade books that look like I’d love them. And when the inevitable happens and I get the “sorry we ran out of galleys!” e-mail in a few more months, I’ll laugh and add them to my library wishlist.
What about you? What publisher can’t you get approved for no matter how hard you try?