I used to wonder how people were able to find out about upcoming books months in advance. Backlist books are great, but hyping up and getting excited about upcoming books is fun too, and I wanted to join in!
So I started figuring it out, and I thought I’d share my methods of finding upcoming releases. There are, of course, many different ways to find out about books, but, well, these are mine, and maybe they’ll work for other people too :-)
NetGalley, Edelweiss, and Other ARC Sites
If you don’t know what NetGalley and Edelweiss are, they’re sites where reviewers can request ecopies of books being offered for review. I’m not sure if you can see all the books on each site without an account, but if you do have an account, this is a great and easy way to find upcoming books! Not all the books posted are upcoming, but many are.
Most publishers put out catalogues each season to share what books they’ll be publishing. This takes a little more effort as you have to know what publisher to look into for specific imprints, you have to actually find the catalogs, and sometimes the catalogs include books that have already been releases but are just coming out in a different format (e.g. already available in hardcover but now coming out paperback). It can also be hard to find catalogs, but don’t worry, I’ve already found some for you!
Many publishers make their catalogs available on Edelweiss. You just need to go to the “Catalogs” tab. From there, you can browse, or you can search for specific ones in the small search bar (it’s below the bigger search bar). But you will likely have to search for the big pub, not the imprint.
Macmillan catalogs (including St. Martin’s Griffin, St. Martin’s Press, Tor, Tor.com, Wednesday Books, and other imprints) can be found here.
HarperCollins catalogs can be found on Edelweiss via this page.
Simon & Schuster catalogs (including Saga Press, Gallery, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, and other imprints) can be found here.
Publisher Mailing Lists & Websites
A less daunting way to find out about upcoming books, or a way to find out for those publishers who don’t have catalogs available (including many indie and small press publishers), is simply to check their websites! Most publisher websites have an “upcoming books” section.
If you’re a reviewer, you might even be able to get onto the mailing list for publishers you like. If you do, they’ll send emails every so often that share their upcoming books so that you can request them for review.
If you’re not a reviewer or not able to get on a list, you can still sign up for regular newsletters. Those usually talk about about new and upcoming releases!
Goodreads lists are great because your fellow book lovers have already done the work for you ;-) Honestly, to find them, I just search online for “[month] [year] releases Goodreads” or something along those lines, and numerous options come up to check out.
Goodreads giveaways are another way I’ve found upcoming books I hadn’t heard about anywhere else, though this method isn’t as reliable since the giveaways going on aren’t just for new and upcoming releases.
Here’s how to find upcoming books on Amazon:
– Go to Amazon.
– In the dropdown, select “Books” or “Kindle Store”.
– On the left side, you can filter by genre if you want to. (If you’re in Kindle Store, you first have to select “Kindle eBooks”, then you can select a genre.)
– Scroll down until you get to the section where everything is laid out with the book cover on the left, info on the right.
– Change the “Sort by” dropdown menu to “Publication Date”.
Voila! Now you can see upcoming books, sorted by newest (furthest publication date) to oldest.
Last but not least, bloggers are a great resource! Blog posts about upcoming book, memes, social media posts—we’re always talking about books we’re looking forward to or that we think other people should read. I’ve found out about lots of books just by stumbling onto them when another blogger mentioned them!