It’s a new month and a new year so what better way to start the year afresh than by making our Netgalley Feedback ratios look good (so we can destroy them a few weeks later). So, today I’m giving you guys some advice on how to get your feedback ratio up!
If you don’t know, your feedback ratio can be found on your Profile page and shows publishers how many of the approved arcs you’ve received and read on the site.
Mine looks like this:
(1) STEP ONE
Create a goal.
Netgalley recommends an 80% feedback ratio and I would agree with that. So, create a goal because you should have only books you’re interested in on your shelves.
Example: By [insert Month here] I want to read x number of Arcs.
(2) STEP TWO
Be honest with yourself!
There are probably a couple of books that you requested when you first started on NetGalley and you haven’t read. Or the pre-publication hype got to you and you requested a book and then found out that you just didn’t care.
Here is where you suck it up and cull your arcs. Go at your Netgalley shelf with your axe and get rid of them.
You can either just go to the Feeback buttons for each of your books, and let the publisher know that you won’t be reviewing the book.
However, doing this will not improve your feedback ratio, so if you want to do a little cheating and still improve your ratio, instead of writing a review as your feedback, write a note saying you won’t be reading the book.
I am sorry for the inconvenience but I don’t have the time to read this anymore and have lost interest in the concept. I believe that it would benefit your book more if I did not skim your book and write a rushed review. Again, I am sorry for the inconvenience.
- Culling your arcs list will help to get your feedback ratio and will also ease your stress whenever you look at the number of arcs on your list!
(3) STEP THREE
HALT! STOP REQUESTING BOOKS!
You don’t have to stop requesting books forever, but, and this may seem like a stupid thing to say BUT the more arcs you get accepted for, the worse your feedback ratio will be. The Feedback Ratio is based on how many reviews you have submitted, so if all you are doing is requesting books, all you’re doing is hurting your ratio.
Also, side note: the more you request arcs, the more you have a chance of being denied, so if you get denied for a whole bunch of arcs then you’re hurting yourself again, and making your list of declined requests bigger (which I’m pretty sure the publishers can see).
1- This is obvious but don’t request books you won’t read or you don’t know anything about. Think of it this way, if you wouldn’t request a physical copy from a publisher or buy it physically than don’t request it.
2- Review your books asap. Write your notes as you read and then review the book on your platform asap, and along those lines – as soon as your review goes up, link it on Netgalley and hey, your ratio just went up! Success!
3-Avoid Netgalley. You don’t need to have it tabbed up the top of your screen and you don’t need to check it every day. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, just like you shouldn’t shop when you’re hungry, you shouldn’t go on Netgalley when you’re bored.
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