Publishers You Can’t Get Approved For But Want To?

October 17, 2015 Discussions 16

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?

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16 Responses to “Publishers You Can’t Get Approved For But Want To?”

    • SilvaraWilde

      Disney is 50/50 for me. Sometimes I get the book, sometimes I don’t. I thought about writing to Macmillian, might try that this weekend and see if it does me any good. *grins* Glad to hear it worked for you, and good luck with Disney!

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I think I’ve just gotten lucky, because my only rejections have been from publishers outside my geographical area, where I requested without knowing or by accident. Oops! I really think the key is to maintain a good review to request ratio (they say 80% is good but every time mine drops below 90% I get nervous!) though I’ve certainly had my share of pending requests that have hung there for weeks to months until the approval came in.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I try not to let my ratio get below 80%. The last 2-3 months it’s been 92% and the last few weeks it’s been at 100%. So we’ll see if that helps at all. I also have been averaging 1,182 page views, 861 visitors, and (for last month) 52 comments. So I’m seriously not sure what it is that publisher is looking for. *laughs* Maybe someday.

    • SilvaraWilde

      I was slightly envious of physical ARCs, but as I’d never reached out to the publishers and asked for one (I was waiting until my blog was a year old) it was more of a “one day I want to be like them.” kind of thing. *grins* And now that I’m on mailing lists, it’s still neat, but there’s also that “ohmygods I got how many books this month?? When will I have time to read them all??”

      Totally worth it to reach out and ask for an ARC, or to be added to their mailing lists though. The worst that will happen is that you don’t get an answer.

  2. Anya

    Haha, you know my thoughts on this a bit already ;-). But I really wish you could get through to Macmillan, so weird! Penguin still eludes me, though they sent me that Ranger’s Apprentice book unsolicited but never respond to my actual requests… So confusing!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I know! I think I’ve gotten one book approved from them, and that was near the beginning of the year. All the other books from them that I’ve reviewed, either I’ve bought, borrowed from the library, or won from you. *grins* It wouldn’t bug me so much if I just knew what I was doing wrong. Will have to e-mail and see what happens.

      I usually get an e-mail from Penguin saying they’ve forwarded my request on to the appropriate publicist. But nothing other than that unless it’s through one of my regular publicist contacts. Still have my fingers crossed you get somewhere with them!

  3. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    One of my friends absolutely CANNOT get approved from Harper, and it’s kind of a running joke now, but in all seriousness, I don’t understand why! Mac is hit or miss with me. For a long time they denied instantly, but then they approved, and now.. well who knows, they always make me wait 3 months too!

    Here’s one: Sourcebooks! Yes, they denied me on the regular. Up until maybe 2 months ago? Like, what even!? What do you people want!? I have like, an 88% ratio, and have been blogging for 2 years! Goodness. But then they finally caved and approved me for a few books. So we’ll see how our future plays out 😉

    My fingers are crossed for you!!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* Okay, well if a 3 month wait for them is normal I won’t feel so bad now even if I do end up denied! I was mostly thinking it was just me!

      That’s insane. But I always think that when bloggers who have a bigger following than I do, and have been around longer, are denied for no apparent reason. Good luck with Sourcebooks and may the books keep flowing!

  4. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    THIS, THIS, THIS. I completely agree with everything you’ve said here, and I’m so glad that I’m not the only person who feels like they’re in this situation. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous discussion Silvara!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      First, I am so sorry it took this long to respond! I haven’t had internet since October 22nd, I only just got it back a few minutes ago. And now I get the fun of playing catch-up with e-mails, comments and posts! *laughs*

      Glad to know I’m not the only one with a particular publisher they can’t get approved for! I never got the chance to e-mail Macmillan before I lost internet, but a few days ago they finally approved me for 2 books I’d been waiting on. So I wish some of my good luck to you as well. We will get all the things! *grins*

    • SilvaraWilde

      Sorry for the long delay in responding! I haven’t had internet since October 22nd and I only just got it back up and running tonight.

      HarperTeen! I admit I haven’t requested much from them, though they always seem to have books I want to read. I did win a giveaway a while back from them, I should read and review that book soon… I’m sorry to hear you’re having issues with getting approved for them. I wish you all the luck and all the things! We will get approved for everything one day. *grins*

  5. Jamie @ Vailia's Page Turner

    Macmillan doesn’t seem to like me much. At one point I was sometimes approved but both times was approved with 30 minutes of them archiving it. SO I could never download in time. So I let them know it the feedback, never heard back and now I am ignored or denied by them.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      So sorry for the delay in replying to this! I just got my internet back after 25 days without it.

      That’s crazy that they would penalize you for something that’s their own fault! I finally got approved for 2 books from them during my forced hiatus, hopefully I will start getting more approvals after I review them. Good luck getting approved! Maybe if you e-mail and ask what they’re looking for or that you can improve it will make someone realize you’d be a good blog to start approving? That’s what a few people recommended I do, and then I lost internet and couldn’t do it! *laughs* Good luck and I hope you get all the things!

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