The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
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This Week’s Question
Do you post your reviews before publication day or wait until close to or on publication date? (Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
This question is geared towards reviews of advanced reader copies (ARCs) rather than backlist books. While I try to read and review my NetGalley ARCs before their publication date, lately I haven’t met that personal deadline. I overzealously requested a lot of ARCs last winter because I found a lot of books of interest. Fortunately many publishers approved my requests. But this resulted in an unexpected backlog of my own creation, which I’m currently still digging myself out of.
Ideally I like to review them close to publication day rather than way before or way afterward. I managed to do so for a couple of recently published books: KAIKEYI by Vaishnavi Patel and THE STARDUST THIEF by Chelsea Abdullah. But my reality is that I published most of my ARC reviews after their publication date. Luckily most of the ARCs left in my queue haven’t yet hit shelves. So there’s a chance I’ll be able to push out a few more reviews prior to the books’ publication dates.
Though this isn’t something I pay attention to on my own blog, I have seen commentary from Pages Unbound that they get less post views about ARCs than they do for backlist reviews or discussion posts. I don’t factor that into my decision on when to post my ARC reviews since I’m usually running behind. But perhaps others do. And I can certainly understand why ARC reviews might get less traffic initially. I imagine it might have something to do with interested readers trying to avoid spoilers before reading the book. Personally, I fall into that boat.
If you have any thoughts on the matter, let me know in the comments!