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:
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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