NetGalley has released their new redesigned profile, and for the most part, I love it! Now I see more of what publishers see when they look at my stats, and I like knowing that.
On the other hand, now I’m annoyed because I can see for myself how crappy my rating there is.
The ideal request-to-feedback ratio is 80%. Mine is currently 17.8%. Yeah… That’s pretty lousy. It means that among other things, publishers aren’t as likely to trust me with review copies, because there’s a statistically low chance that I’m ever going to get around to reviewing their books. And I can understand that perspective, I really can.
But there are problems with this.
For one thing, many older titles still count toward my rating, but the ability to provide feedback has been removed. So now even if I read and review those older books, the review isn’t going to get counted to my rating. The review still gets written, the publicity still gets, er, publicized, but no matter how much of that I do, it’s going to look like I did nothing. And from a publisher perspective, I don’t look any more trustworthy.
For another thing, my past is seriously counting against me. When I first started reviewing, I requested just about every book I thought I might read. Even if I knew it wasn’t likely I’d get around to it. And yes, my bad, but that was 3 years ago. And when my old Kindle died and I lost a load of those books, I couldn’t get them back. Some I even bought so that I could get around to them in my own time, but as per the previous paragraph, no matter what, zip, nada, no chance.
And they can’t be removed from the record. I can’t even send the publiser feedback to let them know that I don’t even have access to the book anymore and couldn’t read it even if I did want to. I’m pretty much doomed to having a lousy rating now. And I feel like crap about it. Like crap enough that more than half of me wishes I could just drop that profile and get a new account with NetGalley, start fresh and pay better attention to how I do things, because I sure don’t request everything willy-nilly anymore.
I know that the only thing that’s changed is the fact that I can now see the lousy rating I have, but it really bothers me.
It’s probably only bothering me so much because today has been a day in which I feel like I’m living 2 steps forward and 1 step back, and this is just another example, so it’s hitting kind of hard. It’s a stupid thing, I’m sure, but… I don’t know. I’d love it if NetGalley just allowed feedback to be given so I could at least apologize to publishers and authors and explain why I haven’t reviewed so many things, and even if that’s not a review, it still counts as feedback. And I could eventually write reviews and have it count as legitimate feedback. Right now I can’t even tell anyone I couldn’t read their book because they didn’t bother to enable Kindle access and would have if I could have.
Seriously, am I overreacting? What does everyone else think about this, anyway?