Overall, I have to say I am pretty good with keeping up with my Netgalley list now. I used to be fairly bad at it. I would often go on requesting sprees because I was not sure if I would or would not get approved for books. I figured most were a long shot and I would just up my odds by requesting a bunch. Well, that approach did not work.
When I first started I had no system or rules in place, so I would just pick a random ARC I needed to review and read it every so often. I did not account for when it came out or how long I had on my shelf. I was kind of overwhelmed and I had a ton on my kindle. I really had no idea where to start so I pick threw a dart and read that one.
This was not the best course of action for me. I saw more and more books go into the 6 months or older section and I became stressed. I was getting approved more often as I handed in reviews, which I was excited about, but then I had more and more books coming into my kindle that I previously. One day I was just so over whelmed I took a day and just went through everything. When I did this I came up with a few rules and tracking system that helped me.
My Tracking System
I made a really simple tracking system for myself. I write down the title, if I reviewed it, when it is to be published, and when it will be archived. When I go to read an ARC, I go to this list and I look at the published date to determine which one I will read next.
You may notice that I do not track which books I request. I used to, but now I only pick one ARC to request per month. You can see from the above image I have an ARC for February, March, April and July. I only requested one per month so I can’t get over whelmed with the ARCs coming in. Having one ARC a month means I can still read all the books I have on my shelf without worrying about getting my reviews in.
Now these rules are just what works for me, that does not mean they will work for you, but I thought it would be interesting to share.
- Request one book per month, dependent on the release date.
- This limits the amount of ARCs coming in
- Read the an ARC the month before it’s release date.
- Takes the pressure off
- As soon as I get an approval email, add book to the ARC Tracker
- This ensures I don’t forget a book I am approved for.
- Only request books I would pay to read.
- This one is my top rules, this makes sure I request only books I will want to read asap. I will not want to put them off and I know I am not taking ARCs away from others who really want to read them.
- No book can make it to the 3 month or older shelf.
- Ensures I keep my feedback ratio over 80%
The Current State of my Netgalley
Feedback Ratio: 87%
31 Approved | 27 Feedback Sent
How do you manage your requests and netgalley reviews?