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Subject: Ebb and Flows
Date Posted: 3/1/2010 10:33 AM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2009
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I've only been here a short time but wanted to know about posting trends. I went about 2 months where I didn't get a single book on my WL. This past week, I've gotten 8! Is that usual? Is there an ebb and flow to PBS? Does it happen often where it's dead then all the sudden - book overflow?

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 11:14 AM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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I think it's pretty unpredictable. And probably depends on what sort of books are on your WL.

For me it seems that books become available faster than I can get credits so I have like 20 books on hold on my WL. However,  the books I really want that are on auto request are slow moving! lol

I usually just post WL books when I need credits as well. However, in the last month I've been receiving several orders from my bookshelf (I guess I'm just finally at the front of the line for most of the books!) which is pretty rare for me since I never have a whole lot of books posted.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 11:43 AM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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Well, if we're having a trend, I'm on board!!! At any given time for the last month I've been No 1 and No. 2 on at least 12-15 long-time wishlisted books. It's kind of nice but it's eating up my credits!! 

I'm not so sure about ebb and flow, books (especially paperbacks) usually are posted frequently when they first come out. Then, not always so frequently. So you'll get a lot of postings for a particular book maybe a few days after it comes out. That'll go on for a month plus, depending on the book. I seem to see that particularly with historical romances. Being No. 100 when the book comes out is nothing --- you'll probably have that book within the month. And two months later, most likely it's not even wishlisted anymore.

That's the only genre I see things move at lightening speed though. Paranormals are slow moving. Cozy mysteries can be slow (but then eventually aren't wishlisted anymore) .... thrillers, think James Patterson, can do what historicals do. Long wishlist that moves quickly and pretty soon it's not wishlisted any more. 

So, I think there is trends among genres and new releases but not so much the wishlist book in general. 

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 12:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It comes and goes with no predictability.  In Jan I had like 20 WL offers (good thing I had credits built up) including some that had been on my WL since I joined.  In Feb I only had like 5.  I also had a lot of shelf orders last month.  Books that I had posted awhile ago were suddenly being requested. 

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 1:26 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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I think this time of year seems to be the most active.

I noticed last year when I joined in January, I had a lot of shelf orders right up until the summer started, then it slowed down and stayed steady but slower for the rest of the year, until Thanksgiving/Christmas when it really slowed down.

I've been getting both more orders and more WL offers starting about the last 2 weeks in January. I just got 3 WL offers yesterday! And probably about 5 or 6 this week total.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 1:40 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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Things do seem to go in streaks like that, both for requests and wishlisted books getting posted. I've also had about a dozen wishlisted books posted over the past couple of weeks...it's normal for me to get at least a couple a week although very occasionally things will dry up completely for a few days. It does seem like when it rains it pours, though!