Even if you don’t have pre-teen or teen kids, you probably remember the brouhaha about trying to keep the Harry Potter books a secret before the due date for them to be bought. The cover was kept secret, bookstores were threatened with retaliation if they sold them before the official premiere date and so on. We heard a lot about that embargo, but embargoes are not all that uncommon.
GalleyCat reports that Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins was recently broken. The LA Times reviewed it and included spoilers. GalleyCat also asked if reviewers should be bound by embargoes.
I’m including a link to the LA Times review, but if you are a fan of the series, you might want to read it after you’ve read the book.
Most of us don’t have embargoes on our books. We send out review copies and ARCs and are ecstatic when someone reviews the book, even before it comes out. But, if you’re a big name or you have an anticipated book coming out, you might be hoping for a big splash and don’t want anything leaked that might spoil the excitement.
So, what do you think? If the publisher asks for no spoilers before the official pub date, should reviewers abide by the request? If they don’t, should that publisher take the reviewer off their list? Or would the publisher just be shooting themselves in the proverbial foot by doing that?
4 months ago