Tuesday, November 11, 2008

When Do You Prefer to See ARCs Reviewed On Book Blogs?

(Poll below, just so feed readers know.)

I've been reading some 09 stuff and, having never had ARCs that ahead of time, I wondered when it's the best time to review 'em. (Not before '09, though.) SO, here's a new discusson question: When do you like to see arcs reviewed? Comments can be used, too!

16 comments:

Lenore said...

This is a question I have too. I usually leave it up to fate or the publisher. Some want you to wait until the month the book launches, some want to build up early buzz.

Alea said...

I picked 1-2 weeks ahead of time because I'd rather read about it just before or I guess right after it's released so if it really really really looks good I can buy it! I suppose if it really really really looks good I wouldn't forget about it but I remember reading reviews in the past and being like oh wow this sounds amazing and the release date is like 3 months away, bummer city!

Diana Peterfreund said...

I think if it's too early, there's a danger I'll forget about it by the time it comes out, so I think either a week or so before or on publication date (or right after).

R.J. Anderson said...

As an author, I am of course insanely desperate to get any reviews as soon as I can, because I want to know what people think of my book!

But on a practical level, I realize that it is much smarter to be patient and wait for reviews to come out closer to the release date -- that way people won't forget about the book so easily. Goodness knows that *I* forget all about other people's books, even the ones that sound great, if the review comes too far in advance of the actual publication date.

So I marked "A few days ahead of time". But with a bit of a wistful sigh.

Amee said...

I marked anytime because I will put a book on my Amazon wish list once I see it and like it. Then whenever I go to look at books I might want to buy, it's there to remind me. :D

Alea said...

I sometimes do what Amee does (add to wishlist) sometimes i forget to. Or I forget what i liked about the book and sometimes change my mind or decide maybe it isn't as important as i remembered.

Amanda said...

I picked 1-2 months ahead. I like to get excited about books before they come out. Personally, I need to save up than go on a shopping spree, so knowing what i'm looking for ahead of time is helpful.

Pikealicious said...

I picked whenever. If I read a review about a book that is coming out 5 months later, I make a note of it and put it in a spreadsheet (yes, I said a spreadsheet) that I have for books I want to read. I usually include the publication date, so I know when to start looking for it again.

HenryHolt said...

I picked a few weeks ahead of time. I'd like it if there was a bit of buzz going into the release date, but I don't prefer the review to appear so far ahead of the release that people forget about the book before it's available.

Renay said...

I find most of the books I want to read via ARC reviews and then jam them into my goodreads account so I don't forget them. Them not being out yet helps me not spend all my money, honestly...if they they seem just as interesting in a few money when I go back to my to-read list, then hey! I won't feel so bad spending those dollars.

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

If I want to read a book based on a review, I'll make sure that I list it somewhere so I don't forget about it. So it doesn't matter to me!

Book Fanatic 101 said...

Anytime! If the book is awesome as is the review trust me you'll remember it! Like I can list a whole bunch of books I want that I've read reviews on like:

Deadly Little Secrets
Undone (way back when the first reviews came out)
The Hunger Games
Wake

these are just SOME of the books. The list can go on for awhile.

Sarah Quigley said...

My book is coming out in April 2009, and the only people allowed to see ARCs right now are other authors, so they can write blurbs. The folks at my publisher believe that it's unwise to create buzz too early, thus ARCs are not going to reviewers until sometime closer to the pub date. Makes sense to me.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I didn't vote at all, because I just don't know..I mean, I think reviewing it DURING the year it comes out is kind of a must...but beyond that, just no more then a month ahead of time, I would think, b/c people can read it, write it down or save the review if they think it looks good, but if it begins to be too long before they can buy it in stores or something, they might forget.


-Lauren

Melissa said...

I like to put them as close to pub date, because I figure people will read the reviews and want to go get a copy right then (ha, like I have that much influence). If they have to wait months and months, they won't remember the book at all.

harmonybookreviews said...

I voted anytime because I don't really think it's WHEN it's how MANY. Most reviews are posted right around the release date so people are seeing them EVERYWHERE. So, I think it's good to have atleast a review or two before the release date (a few months) and then after the release date to keep it in people's mind. That way, there's tons of buzz and it's in people's heads. Just my opinion though ;)

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