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Subject: Help! How do I find descrptions of books posted months ahead!
Date Posted: 3/31/2010 7:12 AM ET
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I keep seeing these great romance titles of books that are posted many months ahead and without a description.  Is there someplace I can go to get the info I need to see if I am interested in the book.  I tried Harlequin and Amazon but they are only a month or two ahead. Thanks for your help.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 7:25 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/31/2010 7:29 AM ET
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sometimes the author's website will have some info but I usually go by the author and occasionally someone will have the ARC and post about it.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 10:15 AM ET
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Sometimes the publisher will be the first to advertise an upcoming title/ISBN. But I think, overall, Amazon is one of the best sources when you use Advanced Search.

1. Open a browser window and navigate to amazon.com.

2. Click on the big gold "Shop All Departments" button in the upper left corner and navigate to "Books."

3. Just below and to the right, you'll see a link to "Advanced Search."

4. In the "Advanced Search" screen, enter the name of an author OR for a broader search, select SUBJECT "Romance," then in the right column in the PUB DATE field, select "After," then "the current month," then 2010.

5. To see the titles arranged with the latest announcements first (those with the most distant pub dates), select "Publication Date" in the SORT RESULTS BY field.

6. Tweak to suit.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 10:20 AM ET
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Yep-I'm with Nancy on my "method".  Months and months ahead, there isn't a description.  So I just cross fingers and hope.  My feeling is a month or so ahead once the descriptions and reviews emerge, then I can make a more informed decision and remove it from my wl if I need to-but if it's a "must read" I'm not buried at a triple digit number within the PBS wl. 

Romantic Times is a month or so ahead in their reviews, there's a "publisher's preview" section in the back that gives a brief description and that is a couple of months out.  eharlequin has an upcoming release section that is 3 months out-but only titles....

But, yes, Amazon advanced search is the best-but again, sometimes there's only titles until a few months out. 

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Date Posted: 3/31/2010 10:42 AM ET
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it's been my experience that the earliest info comes from the author's blog or forum. the author is gonna post it there first.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 11:17 AM ET
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seton - I agree... if the author updates their website/blog regularly. Unfortunately, many authors don't. *sigh*

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 12:15 PM ET
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Thanks for the input.  I'll go back to Amazon and do that Advanced Search.  Thanks again.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 12:20 PM ET
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I agree with checking the author's site... I usually just Google them... not as fancy as some methods, but it usually works for me :) 

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 1:43 PM ET
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if there's no description here or on amazon, i also try looking for the author's site.  after that, as mentioned, you just guess.  i like to tag the ones i'm not sure about with something (i think 'need to look up') so that i remember to take a look again closer to when the book comes out.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 3:11 PM ET
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I generally click on the "Buy from Amazon" button and see if anything shows up there first.  If not, I go directly to the author's page (if they have one) and look there.  That's always been the best source for me, but it's quicker to try the book's link at Amazon first.  

There's one author I know of though, that never seems to have a synopsis out until about two seconds before the book comes out - Linda Howard.   She doesn't have a personal website, which is fine and understandable, but you can't even get any info from the publisher.  It's very frustrating!

Oh, here's another possibility - sometimes the UK version of Amazon (www.Amazon.co.uk) will be a step ahead of the US site, so that's another good place to look. 

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 10:24 PM ET
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I'm in the "WL it and check the description later" crowd.  I hate to be too far down the WL so if it's an author I like I will WL and keep checking for a description later. I figure I can always delete it from my WL and I have plenty of room on there anyway.