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So I finally started using NetGalley a couple of months ago, and I am absolutely addicted to this site.
I love the convenience of ordering review copies without having to write up pesky emails and talking to actual people *yuck*
But sometimes NetGalley decides to break all our hearts by declining us for review copies. And I say US because I am fairly certain this doesn't only happen to me but to a lot of people, even bloggers that have been blogging for longer than I have and have biiiiiiiiig blogs with lots of followers. Shocking but true
I don't know about you guys, but my heart breaks a little every time I apply to review a book I want to read very badly and THEN, a couple of days later, I get declined. I did some research (lots of research) and tried to find out why publishers and authors sometimes decline us poor reviewers who are just trying their best and just want to read books.
Here are the most common reasons to get declined (according to the internet people)
#1: Wrong Continent/ Region
Next to some books there are little icons of countries or continents. Some publishers only have a license to give out review copies in a special region. They politely say "users from X preferred" instead of "Don't even think about requesting this book if you're not from X"
PRO TIP: Do gamble on this. Sometimes it really does mean preferred and not exclusively for X region people. Request that book!
#2: Catastrophic Feedback Rate
When you click on your profile it says how many books you have been approved for and how many books you've sent feedback for (meaning reviews or a note why you didn't review it). Publishers see this. A feedback rate of 80% is recommended and yeah... stick to that. Try to keep it at 80% or more at all times.
PRO TIP: Don't request any more books if your rate is below 80%. Publishers do also see how many books you have been declined for and will be like "hmmm, if they got declined 60 times out of 70 there's probably a reason, let's decline them."
#3: You Mainly Review a Different Genre
If you run a book blog dedicated to crime books, why did you just request a young adult romance? Publishers do check out your blog and your preferences. You have to keep in mind what audience your blog caters to.
PRO TIP: If you really want the book, gamble on this. Request it, especially with small publishers you might have luck.
#4: Your Bio is Horrible
You have to have statistics in your bio and you have to have a profile picture, and you have to say a little about yourself. If you didn't bother filling it in, there's the reason why you get declined.
PRO TIP: Check the publishers preferences to get an idea about what people want to see.
#5: You're too late
Believe it or not, there is a limited amount of ecopies available.
PRO TIP: Request books as quickly as you know you want to read them and have the time to read them!!!
#6: Too few followers
Even though everyone says that followings don't matter, on NetGalley they absolutely do. Many big publishers state clearly that there is no chance you even get a shot at reviewing their books if you don't have more than 1,000 followers and long-windedly explain how they know it's a lot and not fair to everyone, but they're in the business of selling books. We get it.
A way to find out whether you're just wasting your time requesting a book from a publisher is to just click on their name next to the book title and click on their approval preferences.
PRO TIP: Don't gamble on this. If you have fewer than 1,000 followers and the preference states clearly that you have no chance, don't even try.
One last PRO TIP:
Don't get discouraged if you got declined for a book. It happens to the best of us. Just request another to numb the pain!