My Netgalley ratio is something I have discussed a lot. It’s pretty much always on my mind when I think about blogging and reviewing. When I posted about it in January 2014, it looked something like this:
Pretty bad, huh? And then at the beginning of THIS January, it was at 55%, which was a nice improvement.
I was finally getting my ratio up: but I carried on requesting books. For a while, it hovered constantly between 50-60%, until I decided enough was enough. And look at it now:
It makes me so happy! I’m finally making progress! But I know there are plenty of other bloggers out there who also struggle with Netgalley. On one hand, you have access to all these AMAZING books, but on the other… you have to find the time to read and review them. So I wanted to share some of my tips for improving your Netgalley ratio:
- Be truly honest with yourself. Look at the list of books you’ve been approved for, and work out if there are some you know you will never read. Maybe at the time they looked amazing, but since then your tastes have changed. Maybe you’ve read too much of that genre. Or maybe you were a Netgalley newbie and just requested EVERYTHING. Whatever the reason, click ‘Send Feedback’, and in the notes for publishers section, let them know you are no longer interested in the book. It counts as feedback, takes a weight off your shoulders, and it’s honest.
- Look for any short story collections or novellas on your approved list. Read them first, you’ll get through them quickly and the resulting boost to your ratio will motivate you to read more.
- Make a list of approved books and their page numbers. I actually have a spreadsheet with info on my Netgalley books, like title, author, publisher etc, but I also include page numbers. It’s a similar tactic to the short stories: quicker to get through, more for your Netgalley ratio, more motivation.
- Find fellow bloggers who are also struggling. It helps to message each other updates and motivation! Share your progress with others.
- And the hardest of them all… cut down on the requesting, or even try to stop requesting altogether. I used to visit Netgalley every day, and request a couple of books a week. Now I visit only very rarely: when I feel like checking for releases, if I know something is going to be up, or if I’m submitting feedback. I also stop myself before hitting that ‘Request’ button – do I really want to read this book? Have I been waiting for it? Can I make time for it? If I can’t answer yes to those questions, then I don’t request, simple as.
Now that I’ve stopped requesting so much, have worked through all of the tips above, and am actively trying to get through as many review copies as possible, I feel so much better. I only need 10% until I’m at the recommended 80% – which is still 19 more books, but I’m feeling much more positive about it now.