Hello Fellow Readers! Today I would like to share with you about NetGalley Feedback Ratio. After you read through this post, you will know how to obtain your 80% badge. Good luck everyone!
Go to http://www.netgalley.com to create a username and password if you haven’t already done so. This website gives you the opportunity to read ebooks via Kindle or Kindle app. NetGalley recently offered audiobooks to those who preferred to listen to books. (More info below).
Here is how you calculate to see how many books you have to read or how many feedbacks you have to send in order to obtain the 80% badge. You can use my current situation as an example. I have a problem with the request button, so I am a little ashamed of my current situation.. haha..
HOW TO CALCULATE:
My NetGalley Profile shows: 130 Approved 70 Feedback Sent Feedback Ratio 54%
1) 70 divide 130 equals 54%, which matches the total feedback ratio percentage display on my profile.
2) 130 approved multiply 80% equals 104 books I should read or feedbacks sent to obtain 80% badge.
3) I have already sent 70 feedbacks, so I take 104 feedbacks minus 70 feedbacks sent equals 34 feedbacks I need to send or books I need to read to obtain the 80% badge.
You may think that I have 60 books to read (130-70=60) but no, I currently have 50 books to read on my shelf, which is still a lot. That being said, it looks like I had 10 DNF and therefore, I couldn’t provide a proper feedback and it was not counted toward my feedback ratio.
I have noticed that the 80% badge is not necessary to have in order to get auto-approvals from publishers. I have had my account on NetGalley for 2 years and have been auto-approved twice (one was Sourcebooks and I forgot the other) without having ever had the 80% badge. I also noticed that I lose that privilege when I don’t review the books that I have been auto-approved for. It is just nice to have the 80% badge.
80% Badge’s requirement based on NetGalley: “Members who provide feedback for 80% (or more) of their approved titles receive this badge. In order to qualify, members must have been approved for 20 titles (or more).” So, the “read now” titles will not count towards the 20 approved titles.
Review Badge’s requirement from NetGalley: “Members earn this badge based on total number of books reviewed.” There are badges for 10 reviews, 25 reviews, 50 reviews, 100 reviews, 200 reviews, and 500 reviews.
Top Reviewer Badge’s requirement from NetGalley: “Members receive this badge when 3 or more of their reviews have been added to any NetGalley title details page by a publisher. (You can see which reviews have been added on your Shelf, under Feedback Sent.)” This is how you will know which of your reviews was chosen to feature on NetGalley by the publisher. There is an orange color pencil on the book cover in the feedback sent area. When you click on the book title, go to the bottom of the page. Your review should be there.
Professional Reader Badge’s requirement on NetGalley: “Each member starts with this badge, to acknowledge your contributions in helping books succeed.”
The more you review, the more chance you will be approved.
I would recommend to download the books as soon as you are approved because they do expire. Once the book publishes, you can’t download anymore. I’m not sure if it could be earlier.
Publishers would suggest you to send your reviews in a week before or after the publishing date. If you have a Goodreads’ account or a blog, the publishers would be happy if you post your book reviews there too.
I have been invited to read many books from St. Martin’s Press and know first hand that they prefer you to send in your reviews as soon as you are approved. They stated that in their invitation emails. (I have been invited to read: Baby Teeth, Lies, The Blackbird Season, The Raging Ones, A List of Cages, The Elizas, Leave No Trace, By a Charm and a Curse, etc)
Publishers do see your NetGalley profile, so do list your stats out. If you have a blog, list how many followers you have or views per month. If you have Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Goodreads dedicated for reading, then list out the number of followers you have. I believe you have the option to choose whether publishers can see your address. It’s also good to list out what genre you like to read in case publishers want to invite you to review their books.
Publishers do have a limit on how many e-galleys they are giving out. If you want to read it, I do suggest you to request it soon. Once they meet their limit, they may only offer a few to readers through “wish for it” button.
Do watch out for “Read Now” area because there are good books offer there. I have downloaded a few highly raved ones on there and loved it. (This area, at least you don’t have to wait to know if you will be approved or rejected). I have read The Wife Between Us, One Perfect Lie, Girl Online, Furyborn, After Anna and etc.
Once a year, NetGalley host a challenge and if you join in and read a book, you will receive a badge for it.
I was informed from comments below that there’s an auto approval badge, but you will have to be auto approved by 4 different publishers to have that badge. It’s definitely hard to get.
Audiobooks: After you are logged in, click on Categories, then 5th line down on the left of your computer will let you Browse Audiobooks. There are 3 choices you can click on: Listen Now, Recently Added Audiobooks, and Most Requested Audiobooks. There are good selections of new books. I have recently read The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter, the author’s 20th books in 20 years and it’s listed under Most Requested Audiobooks! So you click on the image of the book you want and click on Request! Then wait for the approval 😊
Again, good luck everyone! Let’s get our 80% badge together this year!