For the uninitiated, NetGalley (and Edelweiss and other sites and programs like it) provides Advanced Reader Copies (or ARCs or Galleys) to bloggers and professional readers so that they can read and review a book before publication. This provides buzz about the book before it hits bookshelves and eReaders, depending on the theory that more people read books because other people tell them to. I admit to having a small amount of influence among my friends. We share book ideas like girlfriends share recipes and gossip about boys. I’ve been happy to find a kinship and camaraderie among readers.
I’ve been a member at NetGalley since 2011 but didn’t pay much attention to my account until last year. When they revamped the site and revealed where each member’s Approval to Feedback ratio stood (the number of books you’re granted as opposed to the number of books you actually read and review and send feedback to the publisher), mine was dismal. They recommend 80%. Mine was in the low 30’s. Since then, I’ve been trying to be more selective in what titles I request and actually provide feedback on the ARC’s. This raises my ratio.
This year I decided to participate in a challenge at ArielAvalon.com, which I heard about via the GoodReads NetGalley group. Many of us have signed up to set a low, medium or high goal of read/reviewed books and keep track all year long. I already have a long list of books to review for both NetGalley and Edelweiss, so this gives me some incentive to stay on track.
So far I’ve read 6 books toward my goal of 20. You can keep up with my Ratio as well as my challenge percentage in the sidebar –> over there as well as my GoodReads challenge for the year. I have at least six more on my NetGalley list to read and review before I’ll let myself request anymore. I can’t decide if it’s a good or bad thing that Harlequin put me on auto approval. They have some great titles in their Kimani (black romance) imprint as well as their thriller/mysteries and romantic suspense. I’m enjoying their titles a lot and I’m positive that many of the titles I read this year will be from HQN. I just want to read ALL OF THE BOOKS.
I had a ball reading last year and looking forward to a great 2014 as well.