Here’s the backstory – I hadn’t pre-ordered a book for years until I got back into reading again in 2012. I read and loved Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth, and was lucky to have found the series just before the release of the third and final book, Allegiant. I was so excited that books were capturing my imagination again, as I’d thought I’d lost the reading bug throughout my late teens and University years. So, of course, upon rediscovering this passion – I immediately pre-ordered Allegiant.
Well, the release day came and went, and no Allegiant landed through my letterbox. Three weeks (!) later, I was shopping in town and stumbled upon a copy that taunted me from the shelves. I bought it there and then, went home and canceled my pre-order. EPIC FAIL.
My second experience of pre-ordering was much better. I won a giveaway hosted by Aimee for a copy of City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I got home from work on the release day, and there it was waiting for me. This was a pleasant surprise, but because of it I assumed my first pre-ordering experience had just been a case of bad luck.
Anyone who follows this blog will know I have become a die hard fan of Colleen Hoover, who I affectionately call CoHo (I’m sure she’d be cool with it, we have a mutual love for diet Pepsi). When I heard she was writing a new book that would be mixed media and feature a ridiculously original story-line, I squealed with excitement. When the cover was released I posted about it on my blog and hounded Atria/Simon & Schuster to
beg inquire if the UK cover would be the same as the released cover (the UK usually gets the raw end of the deal when it comes to CoHo covers). I sadly didn’t receive a response to the multiple perfectly acceptable number of times I made contact.
Never-the-less, my excitement grew, and with it my desire to try pre-ordering again, especially with Amazon’s price guarantee. I took the plunge in January, and I waited with baited breath for the release of one of my most anticipated books of 2015 (Confess, in case you weren’t sure). The release date was March 10th, and guess what? My precious STILL isn’t here.
What I want to know from you guys is this – what do you think of pre-ordering and do you do it? And more importantly, do your pre-orders actually arrive on time?