Why I Quit NetGalley & Edelweiss | Discussions at Dawn

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Why I Quit NetGalley and Edelweiss

If you are a seasoned book reviewer/blogger than you might already know what NetGalley and Edelweiss are, but if you’re new I will give you a quick run down. Publishers use NetGalley and Edelweiss to put forth e-ARC’s on these sites so that we, as book bloggers, booktubers, reviewers etc., can request to read them for review. Now doesn’t that just sound amazing? Well, it is, don’t get me wrong. BUT it is not without it’s downfalls.

Zero Self Control

So I use more NetGalley then I do Edelweiss, and on NetGalley you get to look through pages and pages of books that availableΒ for review. By doing so you end up requesting 20 or so books you think look interesting or that you might enjoy reading. Then you sit there and wait. You get a approved for one. YAY! Then you you get approved for another one. Awesome! Then another, and another until you are almost approved for all the books that you requested. And guess what? They are all due around the same time. Your brain goes into overload and you kick yourself for having no self control.

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Too Many Books

So you just got approved for the majority of the books you requested. Six are due for this month, four the next, and another six the month after that. How can you possible get to all these books in such a short period of time and still work eight + hours, cook, clean, watch your TV shows, have a social life, spend time with family, and read the other hundred books sitting on your book shelves? That’s right, you can’t.

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High Stress Levels

When I first got approved for many books at a time I just could not keep up. My stress levels sky rocketed and my happiness and energy just felt drained. I just kept procrastinating and procrastinating until I had not time left to read all these books. Who knew reading could effect your health?

 

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Book Slumps

I got into one of my biggest book slumps I have ever had in 2015 thanks to NetGalley and Edelweiss. It was a good 3-4 months before I could start reading again. Those sites just turned me off from reading and mentally and physically exhausted me. It took a lot for me to pick up another book which is completely out of character for me. Just be careful!

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Now I’m not saying NetGalley and Edelweiss are not great tools for getting ARCs for your blog, just don’t do what I did! Request 1 or 2 books at a time, space out publication months, make sure you get time to live your life and read other books you own, and try and keep stress at a minimum!

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20 thoughts on “Why I Quit NetGalley & Edelweiss | Discussions at Dawn

  1. “”I just kept procrastinating and procrastinating until I had not time left to read all these books.””

    Yes, I agree wholeheartedly. The constant stress caused me a year long book runt and i stopped blogging because of not reading and the stress. I’m easing myself back into blogging bit by bit.

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  2. I also tend to use Netgalley more than Edelweiss, I’ve found it’s actually easier to get approved… I think I went and overloaded on Netgalley once and learned my lesson after that πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I haven’t done it since (thankfully)

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  3. Thank you for sharing this post! I agree that getting ARCs is such a stressful thing, this is why I try not to request too many at times, or I go months without even going on the website because I know it might : stress me out or make me disappointed and angry at myself whenever I don’t get approved. I guess we all need to find the right balance for that. Lovely post πŸ™‚

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  4. NG pressure is why I closed my blog to review requests and NG requests for a few months last year, until I could tackle all the ARCs and get rid of the stress. Now I am more careful what I ask for, and I try not to take more than I can handle (says the girl with three blog tours this month, hahahahaha)

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  5. I feel kind of bad saying this but I’ve never had this problem haha So many other bloggers caution about this that when I first started NetGalley I took it so seriously that I only requested three books. Now, I tend to pick one or two books to request per month so I always have an ARC to review but never more than the books that I own. I’m glad you found that these websites weren’t really for you at the moment and decided to step back, it’s better to take care of yourself first than to do something you think you’re meant to.

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  6. I have never used the big ARC sites like Edelweiss and NetGalley. However, I discovered a while back that if you leave your information on your reviewer profile on Amazon people will occasionally request that you review books for them. This is usually independent authors requesting for their own books, or sometimes small presses asking for reviews (I have had several requests from Inkitt). I hate to turn down people like this, but I have accepted so many of these requests that now when I accept another one, I have to qualify my acceptance by asking if they mind if it will be a while before I can leave a review. Most of them so far have been very flexible about this.

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  7. I stepped back from Netgalley as well. I will request a book here and there, but I no longer go crazy. I hated when I was drowning in ARCs, because then it just put me in this mood where I didn’t want to read them anymore or anything at all. If I do request books, I try to do it with at least a month in between release dates…so I am not having to have 5 books released at the same time! It can get crazy! haha. Great post! πŸ˜€

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