So, I am massively new to Edelweiss.88FBC052-8F6E-46F1-A149-091D1CCD421C

I made an account a month or so ago and near immediately gave up on it because it just seemed like such a task to navigate—for those of you out there wondering what changed my mind, nothing did…it’s still a task—but, after waiting around with my NetGalley account to get approved for titles that I really wanted and not the random ones that just seemed good enough to put effort into reading, I went on a little search.

Ironically, this search was really just to find out what other people had experienced as far as wait times are concerned because truth be told, I was dying to have these books and I just wasn’t hearing anything back. As a quick aside, though, before I get to the real purpose behind this post I’ve noticed that I’m a lot more likely to get approved for Middlegrade (my go to when I’m bored) books than Young Adult (the real dream). I’m not sure why this is, but I have a feeling it might have something to do with demand. But it’s cool, cause I enjoy giving feedback.

Anyway, moving on. When I did my search, instead of finding a bunch of different accounts for how long one has to wait to have a review request approved on NetGalley, I found numerous comparison blog posts between Edelweiss and NetGalley. And it was like, yeah, these people have a point. There are a lot more exciting options on Edelweiss. But I didn’t really have anything established there, I didn’t have the slightest desire to deal with the mess of their interface—which is frankly a lot worse when you access it from an iPad, which I do since that’s my primary device now that my laptop is five years old—and I was rather anxious about their requesting process.

But fortunately one of these comparison posts (drop in if you’re interested!) made me feel a little bit better about the whole thing and so I went ahead and gave it a shot. I set up my profile, left completely blank the last time I’d visited primarily because I hadn’t realized Edelweiss had one, and I requested a single book. Naturally, I wasn’t going to make the same mistake I had with NetGalley that first time two years ago.

0C57FA40-2D0D-41B5-8838-4C3498D895CDCue the waiting game, me anxiously dying more than I had over any NetGalley book I’d ever requested because this was one I’d actually been desperate to have for months. And a day passed. Then another day passed. Then another. By day four I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be getting the book because I’d never had any real experience with the site before. So…I took someo of my reviews for ARCs I’d gotten on NetGalley and posted them to Edelweiss, kind of something to give whomever would be looking at my profile an idea of what I write for reviews—though I suppose they could have always checked out my blog—and this morning, just around lunchtime, I got the email.


This is perhaps the first e-ARC that I am over the moon excited about. I’ve been reading it ever since I downloaded it and thus far it’s as wonderful as I always imagined. Keep a look out for a review of Sherwood by Meagan Spooner because it’ll likely be coming very soon! I am a mess of excitement and happiness right now, it’s hard to even describe. I hope you’ve all been having a lovely week! Happy reading, everyone!

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11 thoughts on “I Am Screaming; An Edelweiss Commentary

  1. omg thats so awesome. ive been usuing NG isnce 2011 so im just kinda set there, but EW i just cant get anything approved.. yet i can request the same book on NG and get it andim so lost waaaa

  2. Omg congrats! I am so excited for Sherwood after Hunted published, and had no idea it was up on Edelweiss!

    And I’m also so glad my post was a help! I never mentioned the amount of time it takes for pubs to respond to requests, but for me personally, it can take anything from 2 days to multiple months to never. It just really depends.

    I feel like some publishers check once a month (I think Harper does this) and just go through all the requests then, while others pick a month to go through all the requests for one book (Macmillan on Edelweiss). (All speculation, of course). For example, Harper Teen always approves all of my requests at once.

    On the other hand, some publishers will never get back to you. *cough*Simon Teen on Edelweiss*cough*. Although denial seems like a relief in that you’re not perpetually waiting for approval (thanks Penguin Teen for keepin’ things real), but I also imagine that some pubs intentionally don’t deny certain requests in order to not spoil your approval : denial ratio (also speculation).

    Let me know if you have any questions about the time it takes for requests to get approved & my personal experiences! I’d be happy to answer your questions. I hope you enjoy Sherwood!

    1. Oh my gosh, your post was honestly the best. And thank you so much for commenting, that was all really informative and I super appreciate it! Definitely makes the whole thing a lot less daunting, that’s for sure.

      Sherwood was fantastic! I hated the ending, though, so there’s that. -shrugs-

  3. I was trying to make this decision last week and I didn’t find a single person rec edelweiss. I signed up to netgalley a week ago, no luck yet. Maybe i should look at edelweiss after all, I just assumed they had less books..

    1. I think it’s a different selection, tbh. Honestly. I’ve had a lot of real success with books I really want from Edelweiss thus far. With NetGalley I get a lot of ones I requested on a whim. NetGalley is far easier though.

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