It’s been a while since we posted a super duper helpful tutorial. We really did a great job of making this a regular feature. All the applause for the immense free time we absolutely have. Haaaa
I noticed something when I was on Netgalley the other day breaking my requesting ban (I wasn’t approved for the books I requested so no harm was done). For those of you who don’t know, Netgalley is a website where reviewers can request ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) of books that are coming out. One of the main things that influences whether or not you get approved or not is the feedback ratio, which is basically a percentage that shows how many of all the books you’ve requested and downloaded you’ve left feedback for. The ratio Netgalley advises you aim for is 80%. A number that sounds achievable but isn’t when you get excited your first time on the site and request all the things…
Many despair over low feedback rations, but it is absolutely possible to get your ratio above that 80% line. I mean, just look at mine:
88%. And despite what I say, I’m not completely superhuman. Here are four easy hacks to get that feedback ratio high.
Give up all other responsibilities
As of now nothing in life matters except conquering all those Netgalley books. Who needs to cook food or work or study? Not you. All you need in life is to demolish that TBR!
Build an army of readers and reviewers
If you can’t quite shrug off real life to get through the books in a timely manner, get other people to read them for you! Build an army of readers and force them to read the books. Convince them to read all the books willingly by offering rewards you never intend to deliver. Put your name on the reviews they give you. If they’re not willing threaten them with your extreme fight skills.
Bribe some folks and/or take hostages
Are the above option too much effort? Then I hope you’re rich! Bribe those Netgalley people to lie about your ratio. If you don’t have money or the people aren’t taking bribes, just take them hostage and force them to change it.
Learn how to hack
If all else fails, you can learn some amazing technology skills and hack the website to change your ratio yourself. This is probably the fail safe option because the only person you have to worry about is yourself.
To improve my Netgalley feedback ratio I took the easy way out. I did a mass cull of eARCs. This meant I went through my my Netgalley shelves, decided on what books I didn’t want to read anymore, and left feedback saying as much. I literally said “Sorry for the inconvenience but I don’t have the time to read this anymore/ have lost interest in the concept” because I honestly didn’t have time to read all those review books and keep up with life. I felt really guilty at first, but also I felt it was better to be honest and get rid of those books than let them continue to sit there. Plus deleting them took a lot of pressure of me. Instead of 30+ review copies overwhelming me, I now only have about 10 still sitting there that I am genuinely interested in reading… eventually.
It wouldn’t be hard to fall into the trap of having an uncontrollable Netgalley TBR again, so to prevent such a horrible ratio happening again in the future I:
- Avoid looking at Netgalley as much as possible. I only go on to leave feedback of other books.
- Implemented a requesting ban. No more books until I finish the ones I already have.
- Plan on only requesting books that I really want. That way I’ll be more likely to want to read it at some point.
- Make an effort to read new books I’m approved for as quickly as possible. Let’s not let the backlog build up.
Another option to get yourself motivated to read all those review books is to join a Netgalley/backlog TBR reading challenge (there are a lot out there).
Actually Helpful Links
Netgalley feedback ratio tips aren’t new, so here’s a list of tips from other bloggers on this issue:
- How to get your Netgalley Feedback to Approval Ratio up to 80% (or more) | The Geeky Zoo Girl
- Blogging 101: Why Your Netgalley Ratio Matters | Book Nerd Reviews
- Thoughts #37: Improving My Netgalley Ratio | Rinn Reads
- What Are Your Netgalley Stats? | BookShelfery