Morning and Happy Saturday!
Last week I came across a review from a book that comes out next year. Not only is the Review posted super early (around 4 month before release) but, it was also a 2 star review.
I admit, I cringed when I saw this!
And, this got me thinking. When to post reviews, and is there or should there be a difference between positive and negative reviews?
Well, of course I have an opinion and I’m truly looking forward hearing what you think!
So, here are my thoughts:
In general I’d say one month before release, or the weeks directly after release. This is at least the time frame how I handle it here. But, this also highly depends on the publisher. Some even like to see it the review 2 weeks before and consider 1 month before too long.
Also, posting it before or after is something I always ask myself.
Please note, the following section is all about positive reviews!!!!
This can generate an excitement about a book and most publishers are happy when we post our reviews earlier. I think most of them say they are fine as long as the book is ready to be pre-ordered. This brings on the next point. I know Publisher love the numbers of pre-sales!!!! So, if we Blogger can generate a little buzz before, they are all happy!!
Sometimes when I REALLY love a book I would LOVE to shout out my love right away, but I try to respect the wish of the publishers, even though I’m just dying to talk about the book!
Quite frankly, this I only do when I run into time scheduling problems and when I find no free date in our calendar. But on the other hand, I feel like when the book is already out people feel more inclined to go and buy the book right now, instead of having to wait… I’m like this. I am not a big pre-orderer and more of an instant buyer!
But, let’s move to the more controversial point…
Is it really helpful and respectful to post such negative reviews so early? Like 4 month early?
Truly, I hate writing negative reviews, yet there are two books I recently read that I didn’t like at all. Since, I got the review copy I’m also going to post my review here at the Bookworms, but I thought hard about exactly when I should do this!
I actually had one of these books on my calendar to post 4 weeks before release and then, I felt actually really bad about posting it so early! I feel like it generates a negative feeling about a book which didn’t had a chance to reach a bigger audience yet.
So, I decided to post my negative reviews after the first excitement is over and the book is already for a few weeks.
Is that the right thinking? Do I over think? Is it not fair to my readers to hold a negative review back? I have no clue… but this is how I feel about it..
And again, I remember feeling super sad and actually cringed when I saw such a review so early! I feel like this book deserves each chance to get all hyped up from the ones that loved the book and I don’t want to spoil this excitement..
How do you handle this? When do you post your reviews? Do you care about the publishers wish, or do decide yourself when it’s the best time for YOU to post a certain review?
What about negative reviews? Do you handle them differently? Or, do you handle them exactly the same way as the positive ones?