I don't make many requests on Netgalley, but when I do I always seem to ask for that one book that is nearly impossible to get. Often my request is declined. This shouldn't be a surprise to me by now, but somehow it is. I still go through the Five Phases of Being Declined.
There it is that email from Netgalley. At this point it's like Schrodinger's Cat. Is it an approval or denial? Only one way to find out. As you scan the email, the words finally sink in:
You recently requested to view a title from NetGalley's Public Catalog. Unfortunately, the publisher has declined to allow access to the title at this time.
Wait, you say. They denied ME! But I have such an awesome profile page, with stats and everything. Also, don't they know how much I wanted it?
Then you think about maybe tweaking your profile and resending the request- which you do not actually do. You think about your blogging contacts. Is there someone you can pester on Twitter? Okay, maybe that's not such a good plan.
Then you cry.
Finally, you accept that you won't be reading that hot new book first. You won't be able to put it on your "Currently Reading" shelf on Goodreads months before everyone else. But then you realize you can buy it when it comes out. At least that's something, right?