This may sound kind of stupid…but did you know that up until a couple of months ago, I had no idea that you were actually supposed to review ARCs by the publication date?
I feel like such a nutcase when I say that, but I swear, I really didn’t know! I just figured that, as long as you read it, wrote a review, and got that information out into the blogosphere, it didn’t really matter when the review actually was posted. But then I occasionally heard other bloggers were talking about how it was hard to keep up with reading ARCs before their publication date and I was like…what?!
It made me think…how and when do bloggers usually read and review ARCs?
Ever since I realized my mistake, I’ve been diligent about the whole thing. I only request ARCs when I know that I’ll have time to read them before the publication date. Then I mark the date I need to read it by in my calendar, mark the date I should probably try to start the book by, and make sure to have everything posted on Goodreads, Amazon, my blog, and NetGalley/Edelweiss/an email to the publisher right on time.
But how do you go about it? I feel like there’s a couple of different ways:
- Read the ARC right before it’s about to be released, and post your review immediately afterwards. (This is what I do.)
- Read the ARC as soon as you get it, then immediately post your review, even if the publication date is months away.
- Read the ARC as soon as you get it, then post your review on/around the publication date.
- Read the ARC whenever the hell you want and don’t pay attention to release dates.
- Attempt to read the ARC on time, but your review ends up being posted a little bit after the release date.
When do you read and review your ARCs? Is there a right or wrong way to do it? Did you ever make any newbie mistakes like I did when you started book blogging?