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NetGalley’s New Profile

Some of you may have received and email about NetGalley changing their profile, or perhaps you’ve just been hearing about this new ratio that’s popped up and everyone is worried about. I want to discuss both what you can find on your new NetGalley profile and what you think about these changes!

Where is your request to feedback ratio?

So the biggest change (arguably) to NetGalley’s profile is that we are now getting some new information about our own stats. In particular, the ratio of our feedback to approvals. This is actually information that publishers have always been able to see, but NetGalley is trying to make it more clear what publishers can find out about you straight from your profile. To find your ratio, go to the drop-down menu from your picture, select Profile, and look next to your picture:

NetGalley New Profile Ratio

Ta-da!

Recommended Ratio

As seen in the screenshot, the recommended feedback to approval ratio is 80%. I’m wondering what you think about this recommended amount. I was lucky when I joined NetGalley since I noticed somewhere random that publishers can see your ratio, so I’ve always made it a goal to give feedback on everything I requested. As Ria discussed, not everyone saw this when they first joined and now their feedback to approval ratio is going to be really hard to fix. It seems to me that it would make sense to have a weighted ratio that weighs recent feedback number more heavily than long past ratios. After all, if you requested too many books when you first joined NetGalley, but since then you’ve been excellent about turning in feedback, publishers probably would want to know that right?

Raw Number of Approvals and Feedback

You probably also noticed that NetGalley is now displaying your total number of approvals and feedback. I’m not sure if this was always known to publishers, but it’s convenient that NetGalley is giving at least some context to your ratio. After all, having 6 books without feedback is a lot different than 60! I’ve noticed from comments various places that most people have approvals in the triple digits. This didn’t surprise me at first, until I actually looked at my numbers! Time apparently flies since I definitely would have guessed I had read more books through NetGalley than 31, haha. How many books have you reviewed through NetGalley? 

So, what do you think of this new information? Happy to have it? Are you suffering from a request rampage from when you started as well? More importantly, have you noticed any change in your approval rate as you changed your ratio? I’m going to experiment a bit and try to get my ratio really high before requesting any more books and see how that works for me with the Big Six (or is it five now?).

UPDATE 10/06/13: There was some discussion about whether invitations counted against you or not and so I went to see how my ratio calculated with and without them. I was able to confirm that yes indeed invitations do count against you as “approvals” even if you have no interest in the book you’re invited to. I have gotten three invitations ever and I ignored all of them, so instead of being at 86%, I’m at 80%. This seems silly to me, so it’s going on the list of things I’ll be suggesting to NetGalley to change!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the info. I only noticed the ratio recently and was surprised that I was having trouble finding an explanation on netgalley itself. Although I would still like a better understanding of the fact that I seem to be in the “glitched” group – since my rating is 245%…

    • Yeah, I’m still surprised that they don’t provide much information about it! The glitched thing is if you had read a bunch previously to them changing over systems since then you have reviews counting in your feedback tally but they don’t have the corresponding entry for the original request in your request tally D:

  2. I actually have a fairly high percentage (95.2%) with 78 approvals and 79 feedback, even though there are many books that I don’t end up reviewing on my site. I ALWAYS leave feedback and explain why I don’t review a book. It’s usually because 1) formatting errors 2) archived before I could download 3) not available on Kindle 4) the book sucks donkey balls. So, even if you don’t review the book, make sure to leave the publishers feedback. Feedback is what counts.
    Lizzy recently posted…There is no war between bloggers and authorsMy Profile

    • That’s a really good idea! I always thought of feedback as a review, but you’re right that if you can’t review the book, you might as well tell them why. I think I’ll have to do that with NIL since I was excited for it, but there isn’t a kindle version and I don’t want to read on my computer :(

  3. What a great post! I went to check out my rating, and realized I needed to seriously update my info. Also, my rating is apparently 257.6%! No wonder I rarely get turned down for approvals.
    Sarah recently posted…Colony EastMy Profile

    • Hehe, I’m definitely jealous of that rating ;-) But that’s awesome, I haven’t gotten turned down much lately but I’m stuck with three pending forever books *sigh*

  4. Since I joined NetGalley, I’ve tried to review every book that I request, but at one point I requested so many that I was really behind. I’m starting to catch up now – finally – and I’m hovering at about 70%. I’m hoping that in the next two or three weeks I can wrap up all the books I still have and get that 80% rating!

    • Yup, me too, though sometimes my eyes are bigger than my stomach, er, reading time? I’ve sort of turned the ratio into a game now and am much more motivated to read my NG books, haha.

  5. I hadn’t even noticed the new profile! Luckily, I’m at 78.9% and hopefully 1 or 2 more reviews will push me up to 80%. Great post!
    Christy @ Christy’s Book Addiction recently posted…Deal Discoveries (7)My Profile

    • Happy to bring it to your attention :D Depending on how many books you have reviewed total, 1 or 2 will definitely be enough!

  6. Timely post! Luckily enough I’m only on NG since March and was warned by others not to get carried away. I’m at 79.2% so when I submit my next review I’ll be in the black. What I didn’t realise is that invitations apply too, I really think it should just be approvals figures that are used in your ratio. I also think they could show a current year ratio and then an all time ratio. That would be fairer to those who have cleaned up their act in recent times.
    Trish @ Between My Lines recently posted…The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish NewsMy Profile

    • I don’t have evidence of it, but I think that invitations don’t actually count towards your approval #, since some people are above 100%, but I don’t actually know for sure! Oo, excellent idea, I’m going to write that down on my list of suggestions for NetGally, haha

      • Hi Anya,

        These are my stats so it really does look like invites count. On mine anyway. I have to admit I think that’s a bit unfair! Just shows you need to be careful where you click as I have one or two I clicked on twitter just to see more and then you get invited to read now.

        14 Invitations | 58 Approvals | 58 Feedback

        Recommended Feedback to Approval Ratio is at least 80%. Yours is 80.6%.

        • Yup, I checked mine right after I responded since I wanted to know for sure and I got the same result D: That sucks! Now I’m not sure how people get above 100% though… I’m thinking I’m going to need to write to NetGalley and get some clarifications!

  7. I’m pretty happy with my ratio and I think the new profile looks great! I really like what Netgalley did there :)
    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted…Fairytale news 18. Retellings 2013.My Profile

    • Definitely, I was most excited about seeing what my ratio was, but I also like the overall design changes. It’s nicer to send feedback too since it copies from blogs better :D

  8. I think this is a great feature and I can understand both why they’ve added it, and why it’s making some people nervous. However, as I am new to the whole book blogging thing, I’m definitely interested to see how it affect me in the future.

    • I’m very much excited that they added it as well! Since you’ve just started, you can make sure you keep your ratio high enough, lucky ;-)

  9. I think the one thing I don’t like about the numbers is that they don’t take into consideration books that haven’t been published yet. For example, let’s say your feedback score is 70% but you have 6 books that are on your TBR pile that haven’t been published yet. And let’s say, based on your history, you absolutely will review all 6 of those “on time”. In that case, I feel like it’s not quite ‘fair’. Your approval rating is below the recommended 80%, but the books you HAVEN’T given feedback for haven’t been released/archived yet.. So it makes you look worse than you actually are.
    Ashley recently posted…In Which I Suck At Finishing Books – Am I in a Reading Slump?My Profile

    • Yup, 100% agree. I wish that books only counted once they were past the pub dates! I think I’m going to write a suggestion email to NetGalley based on all these comments. It’s been really interesting!

  10. Sadly, I’m one of those people who requested a bunch when I first found the site and then didn’t review them. At the time, I decided I much preferred physical books to ebooks and it wasn’t worth it to me to read them, even for an ARC. Fortunately, by “a bunch” I mean something like 5 or 6, so I think over time my review rating will recover. In particular, I’ve noticed it’s very easy to be approved for non-fiction, which I enjoy, so I think things are salvageable :) And either way, I definitely appreciate the increased transparency in the process of deciding who gets which ARC.

    • When I first started using NG I didn’t have an eReader, so I was very much not a fan of ebooks. It helped when I got an eReader though, now I don’t really care one way or the other. That’s good, 5 or 6 is definitely recoverable. Lucky! I think since my blog is all sf/f, the non-fiction people don’t like me >.>

  11. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    I’m not really sure how but I apparently have 180% for my ratio. I think it’s because a bunch of my books disappeared when they did their site change, or maybe because I’m sent books by publishers through NetGalley but don’t actually request them on NetGalley.. I don’t really know for sure how. But generally, I don’t request a book unless I’m going to read and review it.

  12. Great post! As you know, I checked mine and was horrified–65%!! I feel like it’s a bit off due to a lot of the books I’ve not reviewed are far off release dates so as per Pub request I’ve not reviewed them yet. Otherwise, I’ve not requested in a long while so I’m not sure what difference it makes.
    Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction recently posted…Event Recap- Austin Teen Book Festival 2013My Profile

    • Yeah, I wish that books didn’t count against you until after the pub date! Though I suppose you could read and review them and schedule the post, but still send the review to the pub. That’s what I do when I end up reading a NG book far in advance like when certain people make me ;-)

  13. I wish NG would also factor out declines in your ratio numbers. Unless they’ve changed things, when you get declined for a book your ratio goes down and publishers of course can see how many approvals and declines you have. Overall, I don’t tend to request too many titles from NG. Up to last week I had 8 active titles and a few were direct invitations given to me by the publisher after the author requested I get the ARC. These in addition to the invitation previews (you know the ones that some publishers give you direct access to download via the newsletter) are ones I wish weren’t factored in. Sometimes you think you’ll like a title or have time to read it, but don’t.
    Jess @ Literary, etc recently posted…Film Friday: The Hunt for Red OctoberMy Profile

    • Really?? That would suck. I guess I haven’t actually calculated my ratio by the metric they claim it is, so maybe declines do still count. It could also be that publishers can just see the number of declines as a raw number and judge for themselves *shrugs*

  14. I’m a bad one, around 48%. Like others have said, not much I can do about it. On the other hand it has not seemed to matter. Have not been declined for quite some time, Orbit was the only major hold out and even they have been approving lately.

    I would guess your site activity is a bigger factor then approval ratio.

    • Excellent point! I could see publishers being swayed if they see that you are reviewing lots on your blog, since then they are still likely to get a review from you ;-)

  15. I requested everything that looked interesting when I first got an account, and now I really regret that – my ratio is 8.9%. And half the books I requested are completely gone from the site so I have no idea how I’m going to get that ratio high enough! =(
    Rinn recently posted…Review: Aphrodite, Goddess of Love (Olympians #6) by George O’ConnorMy Profile

  16. Oh gods, mine is like 45% or something horrendous. I have been accepted for loads of books I never went on to read. I felt pretty guilty about it before but now that I know how much it has hurt my reviewer rating… :( Still trying to work out whether there’s any way to fix it other than just sucking it up and reading books from like 2 years ago :P
    Angelya recently posted…Roundup: September 2013My Profile

    • I definitely recommend emailing them to point out that two years ago shouldn’t be as big of a factor as this past year. If enough people do, then maybe they’ll change the way they calculate the ratio!

  17. Hmm, very interesting! As I only have 3 total approvals on NetGalley so far, I’m not TOO concerned about my 0% feedback rate at the moment. :P But now I know, and can try to keep up with it!
    Kelley (Another Novel Read) recently posted…Review: You Are Mine by Janeal FalorMy Profile

  18. Mine is actually really low (47%) – and there are two factors contributing to the low score.

    1) Netgalley used to offer you the ability to decline to review a book. I never knew that would harm you. I would pick books that sounded good, but when I got them – they just weren’t for me. Or I had too many and realized I couldn’t read them all so I just declined them. Turns out that counted as “no feedback.”

    2) For personal reasons, I went on hiatus for about 6 months and had loads of books still in my queue. When I came back to blogging, I went in and cleaned out my queue. Most of the books had already been archived and I couldn’t download them. So again – I declined to review them. I just needed to get them off my active shelf. I had no idea it would hurt me.

    But – it has. My approval to feedback ratio has been 100% since I came back in June, but that’s not what matters. And it’s going to take me a LONG time and a LOT of books to tip the scale.

    And it does matter to some publishers (Disney & HarperCollins in particular). I almost never get approved for their books when my site stats are pretty average for book bloggers across the board. The ratio is the only *hit* on my profile.
    Mandi Kaye recently posted…Throwback Thursday 10.3.13My Profile

    • I wish NetGalley still allowed us to decline a book, but didn’t count against the ratio! There are times when I realize after requesting that I don’t actually want to read that book at all!

      That sucks, again I really wish that NetGalley weighted current activity higher than past activity, since things happen and they shouldn’t weigh you down for years!

      Oo, that’s good to know, I wasn’t sure which publishers actually cared about the ratio more than stats, thanks for that info, though I wish it wasn’t the case for your sake D:

  19. The approval ratio is actually scaring me! I’ve reviewed 38 books. Mine ratio’s 77.5% too (I think I requested 3 I didn’t review when I was a baby blogger) but I also have ARCs that I don’t need to review until later this year/beginning of next year, so it annoys me that they might me taking points off my ratio when I’m still in good time. Since the new profile came, I’ve requested 3 books and haven’t heard back, so I’m kind of nervous about that too. :p Great post! :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    • Yup, a lot of my unreviewed books are because they are so far off! Keep in mind publishers could always see this, so nothing has changed on that end. Hopefully you get approved soon :D

  20. My feedback is 73%, but it’s based on only 12 books lol. I’m hoping to get that number up by reviewing more books, whenever I can afford to get a Kindle so I can actually read their books properly! (my Kobo hates their pdfs they send out).

    • Haha, that means it’ll be easy to boost :D Ooo dear, the kobo doesn’t handle NetGalley books well? Have you tried ePub format?

  21. I absolutely loved your post on this! Yes, I am afraid I fell victim to requesting gazillions of books when I first started blogging last October and therefore my ratio is quite low. However I haven’t noticed a drop in my approvals – thankfully!. The honest truth is that there are some books I requested early on that I’ll never read. Now I try to only request something if it’s in a series I’ve already begun OR is a book that REALLY stands out to me. So far I haven’t been let down near as often with the quality of books if I stick to those things. I do think I need to catch up before I request more…but it’s just SO HARD!!! “Hi, my name is Holly and I’m a Netgalley addict.”…ha!
    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love recently posted…*ARC* Inhuman – ReviewMy Profile

    • Good! It’s looking like the ratio is only part of the picture that most publishers consider. I’m also trying to be quite picky, mostly by only requesting from the big six, plus a couple smaller press that I trust. I’ve just been so disappointed by quality in the past :-/

  22. While admittedly, my approval rating is somewhat worrisome (let’s just say that it’s a lot lower than your 77.5%), it thus far doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference for some publishers. There are some whose books I request and review fairly regularly, and I guess just from feedback to them alone, they’ve deemed me worthy of continuing an association. And this makes me happy.

    Still, I’m a little anal about playing numbers games, and seeing my low ratio bothers me. I really do wish they allowed for a weighted system that takes into account the fact that I can no longer submit any feedback for certain novels. The other day, I reviewed A M Dellamonica’s “Blue Magic,” which is one I got through NetGalley. Yes, I admittedly got it about 2 years ago, but I did read it eventually, did write a review, and now that one’s not going to count for anything so far as NetGalley is concerned because I can’t post the review there.

    I’ll be more careful in the future about reviewing on time and such, but still…

    • I am curious about just how much publishers look at the ratio. I haven’t had much trouble getting approved either, though instead of rejecting me, some are infinite pending me!

      I think if enough of us write to them, maybe they’ll fix it?

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