EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EDELWEISS || FT. TIPS AND TRICKS

Hullo, bookdragons!

IT’S MY BLOGIVERSARY MONTH AAAHHHH. I can’t hold any big giveaways or whatnot so I’m just going to try my best and publish helpful posts about the things I learned in my one year of blogging which—I hope—can help most of y’all. This is my way of giving back to the community which has given me so much love and appreciation. No, definitely not crying right now.

Today, I’m sharing my Edelweiss Plus experience featuring some tips and tricks that I hope will be useful to you. Just a little disclaimer: I am not the greatest expert on this platform and everything I’m going to say in this post is purely based on experience. Edelweiss is like the ocean. I know maybe 10% about it and the remaining 90% is just waiting to devour me whole. Just kidding. Only 78% of Edelweiss is scary. Trust me, everything gets more friendly if you give it time.

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First off: WHAT IS EDELWEISS PLUS? 

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Edelweiss Plus is one essential platform in a book blogger’s life. It’s where we request and download ARCs (advance reader’s copy) from publishers which we will then read and review.

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HOW TO START YOUR OWN EDELWEISS PLUS ACCOUNT 

The first thing you need to do is sign up (gee, that’s so obviously helpful thanks Rain) and make sure that your profile is as strong as possible. Put your blog and social media platform stats, along with your basic information and what kind of books you want to read and review. You should also update your profile once in a while. All them numbers don’t stay the same for too long.

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Evelina @ Avalinahsbooks wrote a very helpful Edelweiss + Netgalley guide which helped me a lot when I was starting. Please check her post out here. It’s really one of the best guides you’ll ever read. Evelina is a gem to this community.

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EDELWEISS VS. NETGALLEY

One thing that encouraged me to start book blogging was the fact that I can read books before their public release. All I could ever think about at that time was how glorious of a feeling it would be to get inside a bookstore and shout, “OH I’VE READ THAT BOOK WAAAY BEFORE IT WAS RELEASED THAT’S COOL RIGHT”. Yeah. It’s unbelievable how petty past-me was.

What past-me didn’t understand was that requesting ARCs is no easy feat. I didn’t even know where to get ARCs before or if I will be able to get them at all. Eventually I learned that I can request ARCs on Edelweiss and Netgalley. I also got the impression before that Netgalley was the ‘better’ site. Most bloggers I knew said, “No one ever gets approved on Edelweiss but try your luck anyway.”

This bookdragon really did try her luck on Edelweiss and now I’m saying that it’s infinitely better than Netgalley. I mainly request books from Edelweiss now. still use my NG account but I hardly request books there anymore. It’s just useful when I get auto-approved for titles because of blog tours and author requests.

Here are some of the reasons why Edelweiss is better than Netgalley:

• It has more features than Netgalley

I admit that Edelweiss was intimidating at first because it had so many buttons and features that were utterly foreign to me. NG, on the other hand, was easy on the eyes so I found it easier to use. I learned too late that the things that make Edelweiss complicated are the things that make it such a helpful site to book bloggers.

My favorite Edelweiss feature is the saved filters feature which can help in organizing what books you want to request + it can be handy in keeping track of all the releases you’re looking forward to.

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✨ You can even put tags on books and bookmark them for future perusal. Kaleena wrote a very insightful post on how you can stay on top of your Edelweiss game. She’s 100 times better at explaining things than me SO YOU SHOULD CHECK HER POST OUT. Everything about her guide posts is helpful and detailed. You won’t regret supporting her content.

• ‎You don’t need to worry about a feedback ratio

Edelweiss has none of that feedback pressure AND I AM SO GRATEFUL. When I was still active on Netgalley, I kept worrying which arm to sell or which sacrificial ritual to conduct just to have a decent feedback ratio. In case you’re not aware of how Netgalley works, it actually has this ratio that keeps track of the books you’ve reviewed vs. the books you’ve been approved for. Low feedback ratio = low chances of approval from publishers.

I understand the importance of a feedback ratio but I already receive a lot of pressure from school. I don’t need more from Netgalley thank you very much.

• ‎You actually get to request books on Edelweiss and not just wish for it

What irks me so much about Netgalley is that I can hardly request any book that I want. When a book blogger or an author announces on twitter that a certain book is up on request on Netgalley, I immediately check the site in the hopes of requesting it but guess what? NETGALLEY JUST ALLOWS ME TO WISH FOR IT. Now that’s the part where I feel like I want to burn the whole Internet to ashes. I think this “wish for it” thing happens because of some territorial rights issue or whatever (at this point I’ve lost hope in understanding this) which is what crushes me the most. As an international blogger, I have next to no chance to receive physical ARCs and now I can’t even request e-ARCs???

It’s a good thing that Edelweiss lets me request books I want. Of course, I still get declined for a lot of titles but that’s better than just wishing for a book you will never be approved for. I understand why some reviewers like NG but it’s just not for me.

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HOW TO REQUEST BOOKS ON EDELWEISS PLUS

Now here’s the tricky part. In most ARC request guide posts I’ve read, most bloggers recommend requesting e-ARCs on Netgalley or Edelweiss when you’re six months into blogging or when you have 300 or so followers but because I’m an impatient ball of fire, I started requesting ARCs from Edelweiss three months into blogging. When I first made my account, I felt like I was stepping into alien territory (which of course I was). I also requested about 30+ titles and got rejected for all of them except one. It was disheartening but not at all surprising.

What I want to say here is that you need to take a leap of faith sometimes and even though things will not work out immediately in your favor, everything will work out fine in the long run. SWEET SNOW BELOW I SOUND LIKE A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER.

Anyway, here’s how you can request a book on Edelweiss:

1. Click on the “Review Copies” button (or you can just search the title you want to request and skip step 2).

2. ‎Choose a book you want to request. You can use a saved filter to make things easier or you can refine results to narrow down your search.

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3. ‎Click the request button and write a reason why you want to request the book.

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I know people get disenchanted with Edelweiss because they don’t have the energy to compose an essay everytime they want to request a certain book. I’m telling you now that you actually don’t have to write a new request from scratch. I actually have a default response which I just copy and paste when I want to request a book. I just tweak little details or add more reasons depending on the book I’m requesting but other than that, I basically send the same response to publishers everytime I request a book.

Here are some of the things you might want to say when requesting books in Edelweiss:

1. Why you’d like to be given the chance to review the book

2. Say that you’ll write a review and share it to your social media platforms.

3. Say that you want to support the author.

4. It’s important to point it out if the book represents you in any way (there are publishers who consider this while some heartless pubs don’t even give us a chance).

5. Mention related titles or other books from the publisher you’ve reviewed in the past.

thebookprescription published a post about how you can request titles from Edelweiss where he covered a lot of helpful points too! Check his post out now.

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WHERE DO WE STAND WITH PUBLISHERS? 

I wish I can claim to be best buddies with publishers but alas, I can’t. There will always be instances where publishers say no to your requests and that’s totally normal. Rejections sting but you eventually get numb you won’t be approved for anything if you don’t try.

Here’s the first thing you need to know: HarperCollins is the best ally you can get in your Edelweiss journey. They have great titles and they’re really generous in approving ARC requests. At first, HarperCollins rejected me for EVERYTHING (it wasn’t a great experience) but now they approve me for any title that I want (I just hope this post won’t jinx my good luck). I actually don’t know what changed the minds of everyone at HarperCollins. Maybe I annoyed them with my incessant requests and they gave in because they could imagine my silent screams of frustration. Or maybe the rituals under the full moon really worked. Either way, I’m happy that they’re always so kind to me. I will forever remember that time when they approved one of my review requests 30 seconds after I sent in the said request. ‘Twas a wild ride, chums.

Main point: Don’t ever stop requesting books from HarperCollins. Maybe one day they’ll hear your desperate screams too.

Lately, Macmillan has also been auto-approving me for their titles. Again, I don’t know what everyone at Macmillan ate to accept all my requests but no one will ever know what publishers think (I don’t know why I was able to download Darkdawn without ever requesting it). Macmillan is on my “FRIENDLY PUBLISHERS” list as of now. They’re potential allies so add them to your “nice” list too.

Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, ABRAMS, Hachette, Independent Publishers Group, and Ingram Publishing Services have approved me for some titles in the past. Penguin Publishing has approved me for titles before too but they seem to hate me now (they declined me for Patron Saints of Nothing despite my heartfelt essay oh well). Oh and Sourcebooks just blinks and rejects all my requests immediately. I don’t even stand a chance.

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TIPS AND TRICKS

I’ve been using Edelweiss for almost a year and I picked up one or two tricks here and there with the help of my blogger friends. I really hope these tips can help you in the future:

• You can request a book again even after you’ve been declined for that title

YES YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE. You can’t request a book again if you view the title in your “Declined” page but you can request it just fine if you search the title instead. Last year, I requested The Wicked King about a hundred times to no avail. That’s still one of my most painful Edelweiss experiences but I’ve long since moved on.

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I may not have been approved for TWK after requesting it over and over again, I can still attest that you can still get approved even if you’ve been declined for a title before. An example: I requested The Tiger at Midnight when I first started my Edelweiss journey and was declined for it after a few days. However, I requested the title for the second time and was approved for it. IT WORKS CHUMS. Hope is still here.

• ‎It’s a trove of high-quality book covers

This is one thing that I’m very thankful for. Before Edelweiss, I found it difficult to find HD book covers for my blog posts. Goodreads definitely doesn’t have them and Amazon is even worse (this makes sense because Amazon owns GR). Edelweiss, on the other hand, is a treasure trove of high-quality book covers.

• ‎Find yourself some Edelweiss buddies

This is an important tip. I wouldn’t have learned so much about Edelweiss if not for my blogger friends. Noura @ theperksofbeingnoura is my #1 Edelwiess buddy. She never fails to respond to my questions and she gives me a lot of encouragement whenever I want to request books. She was also there for me during my why-won’t-little-brown-approve-me-for-The-Wicked-King days and I’ll forever be thankful for that.

Having friends who can tell you how Edelweiss works can make your life brighter. If you want to ask something about Edelweiss, don’t hesitate to message me on Twitter. I will also answer your questions below if you have one. I’m willing to be your first Edelweiss buddy.

• ‎Check your homepage regularly

Once you’ve started requesting books on Edelweiss, always remember to check your homepage regularly. Edelweiss doesn’t send emails all the time about the titles you’ve been approved for so it’s best to remain on alert. Who knows? You can be approved for your most-anticipated release and you won’t even know it. Stay vigilant.

• ‎Keep on requesting

This is the most basic tip I can give you and the most important one too. It’s painful to be rejected for a highly-anticipated ARC but you won’t be approved at all if you give up so easily. It may take a lot of time for publishers to notice you so it’s important to keep on requesting. Also, PLEASE ONLY REQUEST THE BOOKS THAT YOU REALLY WANT TO READ AND REVIEW. Being approved for a lot of titles is a great feeling but drowning in ARCs is not the life I would ever wish on someone else. Keep your requests at a minimum. Trust me, you don’t want all those ARCs to eat you alive.

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There you go! I really hope this post helped you in one way or another. I’m not an Edelweiss expert so this is the only thing I can offer for now. If you have more tips and tricks up your sleeve, please share them on the comments below. Let’s all help each other to become Edelweiss wizards in the future.

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Do you use Edelweiss to request books? Do you have any questions about Edelweiss? Leave them down below! I want to know all your thoughts too.

51 thoughts on “EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EDELWEISS || FT. TIPS AND TRICKS

  1. Biggest things I’m getting behind in this post:

    Harper rocks all the things
    Sometimes it goes back and forth aka for a long time I got all titles or EW and nothing from NG then it switched and then it balanced out… the pendulum swings. I think publishers sometimes like to try different titles on different sites

    I always (because of Rains point on % on NG) try to get titles on EW first BUT if I don’t then I always try NG… don’t be afraid to. Some publishers are notorious for approving on one site and not the other. I wish I knew why Sometimes I think they just want to drive is batty.

    Also I have learned something very important when it comes to EW recently (and NG but to a smaller degree). If you reach out directly to a publisher (through the right channels/imprint etc) and express interest in a title that has either been denied or isn’t up for request to you (bc yes they can pick and choose who they titles are available to) they will *sometimes* make it suddenly available to request (and you’ll know this bc the second you request it.. or within mins itll be approved) or the denial will be overturned (they’ll send the galley via email or overturn it on the site) BUT don’t badger them… I’ve made that mistake and it took ages to fix… one I might not ever fix :/

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    1. Everything you’ve said is really helpful especially that last bit. I’m afraid to request directly from publishers but who knows I might muster the courage someday. Thank you for imparting your thoughts!

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  2. Such a helpful post!! Thank you for this. I have been requesting a book since ages and was quite crestfallen for not being approved but I am definitely going to keep trying now!!
    Really great post 💛🌹

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  3. Thanks for sharing my post!!! Want to hear a secret though? Edelweiss DOES have a feedback ratio. You just don’t see it. Publishers do. More than that, you can get blocked by publishers on Edelweiss, and you’ll never know. Other publishers will know that about you.
    I once got sent a reply to an approval where all the stats were visible. So now I know xD

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    1. OOH ALL HAIL THE EDELWEISS QUEEN. I definitely didn’t know all of these. I hope that publishers won’t block me though. Now I need to get my reviews posted on edelweiss too if the publishers see a feedback ratio. Thank you so much, Evelina!

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  4. Yay happy bloggiversary month!! And I love that you are making posts with things you have learnt!!
    I have heard people talk about edelweiss and getting arcs but I don’t know much about it so this is very helpful.
    I definitely feel like the was really good to help me know where to start and what to expect if I ever decide to sign up. And you made me feel better about getting rejected 😂😂 as it is part of the process and although it can be disheartening it shouldn’t stop you from trying!!
    Great post and thank you for writing it!! 💕

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  5. Thank you! I’ve bookmarked this (and all the other posts that you’ve mentioned, although some were already bookmarked!). I don’t yet have an Edelweiss account- I’m still fairly new and haven’t even made it to 100 followers yet, so I’m still kind of biding my time and waiting, but I’m so thankful for posts like these for when I’m ready! 🙂

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  6. Such super advice!! I’m still currently trying to get through my TBR pile so haven’t yet started requesting for ARCs but when I do I’ll definitely come back to refer to this post, it’s really clear + helpful!

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  7. This is so helpful! I really want to get started on edelweiss but had no idea how or what to do. Thanks for this post!

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  8. This is such a fantastic and detailed post!! I completely agree that many people tend to shy away from Edelweiss because it doesn’t seem as intuitive as Netgalley, but I think there are so many hidden gems and books on it. I’m still trying to explore the platform more, so this was super helpful, Rain!! 🙂

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  9. I’m almost tempted to start using Edelweiss now. (I’ve been avoiding NG for almost a year and just existing on blog tour books and now I get books locally from a distributer which, actually, I still don’t know how or who but THANKS.) Thanks for this post. If I ever get on Edelweiss, it’s going to be SO HELPFUL.

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  10. First off: HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, RAIN!! That’s so awesome! Congrats! 🙃

    Secondly: This is, like, just the blog post that I needed, lol. I’ve wanted to try Edelweiss for, like, forever … but haven’t. IT TERRIFIES ME, BRO. But I now feel quite armed with knowledge, haha. So thank you, thank you!!! ❤

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    1. It’s alright to be terrified but don’t lose hope either! In Edelweiss you just have to try your luck and pray to the heavens for success. Good luck to your future edelweiss journey!

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  11. This makes me want to go back and keep trying on Edelweiss! I’m honestly in a position though where I read most of my stuff from NG, but for the handful of bloggers that have seemed to work out Edelweiss, they seem to like it much more! I do have the privilege of being a US-based blogger, so I do get access to more on NG than international bloggers. It’s great that you managed to figure out Edelweiss, I just have to prepare myself for the onslaught of rejection, lmao! Really helpful post, Rain!

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    1. Ah I hope you decide to try again on Edelweiss! I’m glad you get ARCs from Netgalley often. I’ll be cheering you on when you decide to pursue your edelweiss journey once more.

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  12. THIS POST IS AMAZING! I’ve slowly been beginning to understand Edelweiss better, but some of the features still scare me. This post is truly so helpful, and I’ll definitely refer back to it often!

    I also released an obnoxious burst of laughter in the middle of a library when I read this part of your post …
    “Or maybe the rituals under the full moon really worked. Either way, I’m happy that they’re always so kind to me.”

    Wonderful post, Rain! ❤

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  13. awesome post, Rain! I definitely wish there had been more guides like this around when I started out on Edelweiss (which was actually long before I started blogging … it seems like forever ago now) – it’s definitely not the most user-friendly platform, but it can be powerful if you know how to use it.

    I hadn’t known that Edelweiss was a good source for book covers, but that’s definitely super helpful to know! and I always mean to re-request books after I get declined, honestly I’m not sure if I get discouraged or if I kind of just forget about them 😅 I’ve heard some people experienced higher approval ratios after cross-posting more reviews (because unlike Netgalley, you can cross-post pretty much ANY review regardless of where you got the book, so backlist, Netgalley ARCs, all fair game) so that’s something I’ve also been meaning to try!

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    1. Yes thank you! I agree that edelweiss isn’t user-friendly but it only takes time for a person to truly appreciate it. I should cross-post my reviews too. I just hope my rusty brain won’t forget that.

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  14. Aww this is amazing!! I’m actually really devastated about Edelweiss because I get auto-DECLINED. Particularly from Harper. They give me like, five minutes before they decline me. I just don’t know what I did wrong?!? *cries*

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    1. AHHH NOOOO. Harper is really nice to me now but they also used to auto-decline me. Maybe try to keep on requesting until they soften their hearts? You never really know with publishers.

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  15. This post is wonderful, Rain!!! Congrats on your one year and I totally am getting behind you doing helpful posts to give back to the community. ❤

    Edelweiss is indeed a beast but you know what? I prefer it to NetGalley, too. My conversion was slow going but once I figured out the tricks for tracking upcoming releases it was a done deal — I pretty much check there once a day and track all the books I'm interested in there. If they aren't up for request there, I will go to NG to check because some publishers prefer one platform over the other (like I am p sure Harper ONLY posts on Edelweiss).

    Thanks so much for linking to my guide, I really appreciate it! xoxo

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  16. OMG RAIN THIS IS SO HELPFUL!
    I’ll be honest, before reading this post J had given up on Edelweiss cause I made an account, saw the homepage and fled in terror….

    BUT YOUR POST MOTIVATES ME TO GO AND TRY AGAIN YAAAY! I shall try documenting my journey on Edelweiss, let’s see how it goes 😄

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