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To Pre-order or not to Pre-order #amwriting

One of the big debates that always crops up in indie publishing and small press circles is whether or not to do pre-orders. There are a lot of pros to pre-ordering, and maybe a few cons IMO.


  • Readers know what’s coming and when it’s coming. (Builds a more loyal following.)
  • Ensures new readers can find upcoming books in a series.
  • Automates the release process.
  • Creates a definitive release schedule and deadlines for the authors .


  • Authors don’t get the boost in sales rank from a long pre-order.
  • Pre-orders can put undo stress on an author who hasn’t “written ahead” meaning the author could be one illness or unexpected situation away from missing a deadline and losing pre-order privileges

. So now I’m curious what READERS think.

What do readers think about pre-orders? Let me know via this anonymous poll!

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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