What Are Your Netgalley Stats?

Posted on 03/02/2015 in Blog Tips, Discussion / 36 Comments

BookShelfery Blog Tips There was a conversation in a group I am in on Facebook recently about individual stats on Netgalley.  And that made me realize, I had no idea what mine were!  So I decided to log in and look them up. Now, let me preface this by saying, I actually don’t use Netgalley that much, as you will see below.  Edelweiss is more my cuppa, because Netgalley has started catering to indies and romance.  Don’t get me wrong, there are still great books on Netgalley, but I find more books I like on Edelweiss. So I logged in to check it out.  I was originally at 87% feedback (not bad, Jenn! *backpat*) but DNF’d a few books that have been on my shelf for two+ years, which bumped me up to 91%! (I swear, I did try to read them, I just wasn’t into it.) Netgalley Statistics

6 invitations 44 approvals 49 feedback Ratio: 91%

I’m assuming the feedback having a higher number than approvals has something to do with their website change a couple of years ago, but if someone has more info on that, let me know in the comments!  And I don’t think I’ve accepted 6 invitations…I hardly ever accept Netgalley invitations, because I’m such a choosey, moody reader.* *I probably accepted them by accident via email.  More on that below.

Advice for using Netgalley

I see so many bloggers that feel like they are in over their heads with Netgalley (and Edelweiss).  So here are some tips to get that ratio up!

  1. Only request one or two books at a time.  In doing this, you are making choices about which books you want to read most, and you will leave less unfinished.  You should also be aware that the more titles you request, the lower your ratio will be UNTIL you provide feedback.  Netgalley’s ratio is actually pretty easy to understand, because it’s using a fraction-based algorithm.  Let’s say you already have 10 books you have requested and given feedback (100% feedback), and then you request 10 more.  When you request them, your 100% feedback automatically drops to 50%, until you give that feedback for the new books.
  2. Request books closer to their release dates.  Not only do publishers have review guidelines they would like you to follow (for instance, reviews posted one month or less before the release date), but you will also be more likely to read and review it, because you won’t have forgotten about it/changed your mood/etc.
  3. Write your reviews right away (or at least relatively soon after finishing the book), even if you aren’t going to post them immediately.  Not only will you write a more detailed review while it is still fresh in your brain, but you can provide that feedback to the publisher quickly and get it off the list.
  4. Don’t go on Netgalley every day, or even every week!  The less you are on, the less tempted you will be to request or download ARCs.
  5. Don’t automatically click the invitation for a title you receive in your email.  Netgalley includes invitations in your stats once you click from email, even if you opt not to read them.  Instead, read the synopsis included in the email widget and if it’s not something you like, simply delete it from your email.  Remove the temptation!  And lastly…
  6. DON’T BE AFRAID TO DNF.  There, I said it.  I know, I know, you may feel guilty for not finishing a book that was provided to you solely for the purpose of feedback, but life is too short to read bad books!  And even a short DNF note to the publisher in your Netgalley feedback will still count as “feedback” and help your ratio, and then you can move on to a book you might enjoy.   In fact, if you have books on your Netgalley shelf that have been sitting there for awhile, DNF those bad boys and move on.  I just DNF’d two or three books that had been on my shelf for more than a year.

  And that’s it!  Even though I don’t use it much, I’m super stoked my Netgalley stats are pretty decent.  Now if only there was a way to see what they are on Edelweiss…   UPDATE 3/3/2015:  Brittany at the Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf mentioned in comments that you can leave feedback for old, archived books.  Perhaps you didn’t download them in time, or they accidentally disappeared from your shelf!  Click on Activity (under your little icon/picture), then select Archived from the drop down on the right above your reading list.  From there, you can leave feedback and it DOES improve your ratio. Additionally, that is the drop down where you can also find the requests you were declined.  I have left feedback for 54 books, and I’ve been declined for 11.  That’s approximately a 20% decline rate, although the number is a little skewed from accidental invitations I’ve accepted (so, not requested).

So what are your stats?

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36 responses to “What Are Your Netgalley Stats?

    • You don’t technically mark it as DNF, but you can make your feedback something like, “Dear Publisher, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to review Catcher in the Rye. At the present moment, I am unable to finish it, because it isn’t holding my interest. If I complete it at any time in the future, I will follow up with an email. I look forward to hearing about your future titles. Thanks again. Regards, Blogger” Or some such variation of that. If you want to explain why you didn’t finish it, that’s fine too. Pubs like the feedback. It gives them an idea of what readers want to buy and are looking for. The facebook group is The Book Blogger’s Resource. It’s a good group!
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  1. Great tips! Sadly, my ratio sucks. Last I checked, it was at 68%. One thing to not too – I have at least 5 books that I didn’t send to my kindle (or at least I THOUGHT I sent to my kindle) and they were archived. Now, I could always go back and read them since they’re published and review them, but… I am guilty of requested EARLY, because I like to plan ahead. Obviously, that isn’t work out too well right now! 🙂
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    • I used to be the same way! I eventually took a break and caught up on some stuff, but it was hard. Even if they are archived, you can leave feedback that you were unable to send them to your kindle so you didn’t read them. You don’t need to star anything to get credit for the feedback, so that’s always an option for ya!
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  2. Oh I love this! I am pretty proud of myself right now, because I do follow most of your tips! For a long time, I was afraid of Netgalley because I fell into that “Invitation” trap when I’d first set up my account, and my ratio was at 0%. Yeah, not good! And since I somehow removed the books from my shelf, I don’t even think I can go back and leave feedback, so they’ll always be there, sadly. I had brought my ratio up to 71%, but then I requested another book today, so it’s back down to about 65%. BUT, I plan on leaving feedback soon for a few more titles, so hopefully I’ll be able to get it back up again! I do request books pretty far in advance, but I find that it helps almost- that way, I can plan ahead, and try to only request a certain amount per month (or you know, try 😉 )
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  3. At the moment I’m sitting at 86 which is low for me. Usually I’m right about 90 but my April/May approvals from certain pubs came out this week and I accepted the ones I wanted in one swoop 🙂 Approvals are also pre-approved ones. I hardly ever request books on there but will accept invites and pull from some of the pubs I’m pre-approved for. 76 Invitations | 57 Approvals | 115 Feedback I think I’ve actually requested maybe 10 total over the years.
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  4. Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much for your insights and advice to your fellow members! I’m seeing some great ratio stats on these comments – great job everyone! And please remember, if you ever have any questions or concerns always feel free to reach out to our support team by clicking the Help button in your NetGalley account – we’re always happy to answer your questions. Speaking of which, I already have our tech team looking at your ratio Jennifer so once that’s sorted I’ll reach out directly to let you know. Thanks again!

  5. You’ve made some very good points here and given sound advice too! I had my first DNF from Netgalley recently. I just couldn’t read it without falling asleep, so I wrote a detailed reason for the DNF in my review on the site and sent it through to remove the book from my list. It felt great just to get rid of it. 🙂
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  6. I’m late to the party here but wanted to leave a comment. I’ll never be at 100% because some books were completely taken off of netgalley. I stopped blogging for about 3 years and when I came back (just 3 months ago) I decided to do netgalley again. Imagine my shock when I was at 3%. I’ve since bumped it up to 42%. I wish I could have stopped the old me from going click happy. But nothing I can do about it now. I sent DNF to the couple that were archived and try to forget about the others that I can do absolutely nothing about. I am slowly working my way up to 80%. I’ve only received two rejections since coming back and was auto approved for two different publishers. So not all hope is lost to those with low ratings. I also mentioned in my profile how my low rating had to do with my newbie blogger mistake.
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    • The DNFs DO help you though. You can submit DNF feedback to any of your archived books on Netgalley and that will up your ratio. Basically, as long as you are sending that notification to the publisher, it will still help you out, regardless how old the book is.

  7. I’m coming up to my first year anniversary for NetGalley. My stats are looking pretty good at the moment, but I don’t have any auto approved publishers yet. I started off a bit click happy, and began blogging to have somewhere to post my NetGalley reviews, but I have become a bit more sensible on NetGalley now that I have review requests and blog tours I’m participating in as well. I did have to create a spreadsheet to keep track of all the book’s I’ve promised to review, from all the different places. NetGalley Member Since Sep 10 2014 5 Invitations | 57 Approvals | 57 Feedback Recommended Feedback to Approval Ratio is at least 80%. Yours is 92%.
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  8. I know I’m late to be commenting on this, but your post and the comments from your readers have answered several questions I had about the Netgalley ratio. I was that ‘kid in the candy store’ when I first began and now sadly, I have many books that have since been archived. I kind of still don’t want DNF them, because they still sound very good. I’m currently at 65% working my way back up. Does anyone know if this diminishes my chances of being auto approved? Does anyone have some wisdom on being accepted for auto approval? Great post!!
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    • I think everyone was that kid in the candy store when they first get on Netgalley. It’s easy to click and receive, and just as easy to forget about it or not care at first. I did the same thing! From what I understand, some pubs will look at your overall score. I don’t know how to get auto-accepted, all I know is that I requested a couple of books, and those pubs just added me to their auto-accept list. At one point, I think I was on 4 or 5, but noticed last year that Entangled removed me, which makes sense because I hadn’t worked with them in awhile. So they do pay attention, but it’s probably at that individual publicist’s discretion.

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