Case Study: Using NetGalley and Goodreads for Book Marketing and Publicity

Today I’m happy to share an exclusive with my readers: a case study on the book launch for Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe by Robert Matzen.

Sarah Miniaci at Smith Publicity and Kristina Radke at NetGalley review the marketing and publicity strategies that can help increase your book’s discoverability, word-of-mouth, and reviews. Any publicist or author can implement the tactics covered in this case study, which include (but are not limited to) how to incorporate NetGalley’s tools into wider campaigns.

Over 300 publishers and hundreds of indie authors use NetGalley to offer advance review copies of their books and generate early buzz in the book community. And Smith Publicity is a full-service book publicity firm which, since 1997, worked with thousands of authors and publishers in promoting books from every genre—from New York Times bestsellers to first-time, independent titles.

Here’s an overview of what you’ll find in the hour-long discussion, with time stamps:

  • 4:05: Getting to know the project and determining goals
  • 9:05: What goals were set for the book
  • 11:15: Action item #1: Create pre-publication buzz with consumer market targets (using NetGalley and Goodreads)
  • 25:40: Action item #2: Obtain book trade reviews to establish visibility with buyers (librarians and booksellers) for holiday 2016 season
  • 34:30: Action item #3: Generate major media coverage around release through Christmas 2016
  • 42:15: Results obtained from action items #1 and #2
  • 45:45: Results obtained from action item #3
  • 49:00: Results recap
  • 50:30: Key takeaways


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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Tim Lea

Really interesting webinar – full of great tips that I wish I had known about before the upcoming publication of my book – most notable the book trade reviewers – have missed some of that boat – but great insights -thanks for posting the video!

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