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!
Great tips! I almost never request ARC’s but I still troll thru Netgalley’s lists from time to time to see what’s coming. 🙂
Yeah, it’s helpful just to stay up to date even if you don’t request!
Thank you for this, Kristen! I’m horrible at keeping track of book releases!
No problem, hope this helps!
NetGalley and Edelweiss are fantastic! But living outside the US, the Goodreads giveaways are often unavailable to me.
They really are! That’s a bummer :-/
I’ve been wanting to focus more on new releases, and been equally daunted about the legwork/research involved. Great post, thank you! 🙂
Don’t worry, it’s fun work 😉
Fantastic post. Thank you for all the publisher information.
I use NetGalley a lot, but over the last year at least 90% of my book info comes from Twitter and other blogs. The amount of new authors I have come across is crazy and it has opened me up to Self Published authors, which I tended to avoid before.
I have maybe 4 or 5 bloggers whose opinion on fantasy is always the same as mine, so they are great resources for me as they get so many arcs from publishers.
Yeah, it seems the longer I’ve blogged, the more I hear about books from other bloggers. Finding upcoming self-pub books has proven difficult for me though. I don’t have a reliable method for that even though I’d love to find one since I love reading self-pub books.
These are all great ways to find upcoming books! I primarily use Edelweiss to search catalogs, but I also love to look at the lists that readers have created on Goodreads. I always find books I didn’t know about.
Edelweiss is great for the catalogs, although it’s honestly still confusing even after years of using it lol.
Great tips Kristen!!! I use nearly all of them LOL
Thanks! Great minds think alike? 😛
I’ve gotten so lazy about being aware about what books that’s coming out. I try to check out Publishers Weekly each week, but mostly I get all my information from twitter. Haha.
Lol hey, whatever works! Thanks!
Great post! It can be hard to hear about new releases when you don’t know any of these methods. I mostly use author newsletter, Netgalley (and sometimes Edelweiss) and other bloggers/ social media to hear about new and upcoming releases.
When I was new to blogging I also wondered how people heard about new/ upcoming releases, but the more I got into blogging, the more I found methods to hear about new releases. I mostly read indie books nowadays so author websites and social media are one of my main ways of hearing about new releases. And I also like hearing about new books on other blogs. And I regularly scroll through netgalley which is also a great way to see up and coming books.
I never knew you could see catalogs on Edelweiss tough. That’s interesting. I also never thought to use Amazon in that way and didn’t realize you could sort like that and see upcoming releases. I rarely use Goodreads list to find new books, but have a few times in the past., especially with new to me genres And I have read some books and see they have been added to lists like you mentioned with the genre and year or even month of release.
Yeah in the beginning, it was always baffling to me how people found out lol. I still have a very hard time finding out about upcoming self pub releases though. It seems many authors don’t even have a newsletter, or they do, but they don’t mention that they have a book coming out until it’s basically out. And of course that doesn’t help find out about authors you’re not following. The Amazon method is one of the only ways I know of to maybe find upcoming self pub. But yeah, the Amazon sorting is helpful!
I love knowing what books are coming out, and I’m pretty sure I’ve used all of these methods before over the years. Thanks for sharing them though – definitely a great guide. 🙂
It’s just so fun looking forward to book releases!
I find a lot of my new releases on Booktube (as well as lots of the old books I read too!)
That seems like a great place to find more books!
Definitely Goodreads and other bloggers are my biggest sources for new releases.
They’re both always full of great new books!
I mostly troll EW, NG, and GR. There are some bloggers with similar tastes to me, who I stalk when they do adds too. Good tips!
It’s great when you find bloggers with similar taste!
I agree with what you say about being excited for upcoming books <3 NetGalley, Publisher newsletters , Goodreads lists and from other bloggers are where I usually find out about upcoming books! <3
It’s just so much fun!
Great advice Kristen! When I first started blogging I was always wondering how people were all in the loop about upcoming releases. I definitely go through Netgalley and see what is coming up. Also, goodreads, while at times daunting and filled with so many books, is one of the other big ways I find upcoming releases! I’m still trying to figure out Edelweiss (I don’t like the interface as much as NG), but I’m recently getting the hang of looking through different catalogs.
Thanks! Seriously, I never understood how they did it, haha. EW never stops being confusing lol, but it’s helpful!
Wow! What great tips. I love discovering new books 🙂
These are great tips, Kristen! I typically stick with GoodReads and author newsletters for a heads up on new releases. I request fewer and fewer arcs so I’m rarely on NG and Edelweiss anymore. Thanks for sharing!
Author newsletters are helpful too!
At the beginning of the year I created Shelves for new releases for each month I usually add the ARCs I like when I visit Netgalley to these shelves and once a month I google “new releases” which usually send me to the GR list 🙂
Using shelves is smart! I just keep a list in my email drafts, haha. The GR lists are super helpful though!
These are helpful tips. I mostly find out about new books from bloggers or Goodreads lists. I usually have so many backlist books laying around that I don’t pay much attention to new releases.
But they’re just so shiny and new XD
I think I find most of mine on Goodreads lists, Bloggers, and Netgalley. I do find some one amazon but I find most of the time the recommends they have… I already knew about. so it doesn’t do me much good.
I used to use Amazon recs a lot more than I do nowadays. Thank goodness for all our other methods!
Thanks for sharing the “methods to your madness”, Kristen! LOL I hadn’t thought of checking publisher catalogs, actually. I used to work at B&N so I was always kinda “in the know” but since I stopped working there, I feel a bit disconnected from what’s new sometimes. Crazy seeing as I’m a blogger, huh? But it’s true. Great post!
Catalogs are so helpful for finding upcoming books! Gotta get back in the know 😉 Thanks!
I’ve fully accepted I am never going to know when new books are coming out. I can normally remember when about 2 books are coming out at any one time and unless I preorder it then it will probably take me 6 weeks to even realise it’s been released otherwise. That being said, there are some good tips here. I know Netgalley and Edelweiss help me remember but I always forget about publisher catalogues. I occasionally browse them but then forget about releases anyway.
Lol as long as you get to read books period, that’s all that matters!
I love trawling through NetGalley’s listings but I daren’t join Edelweiss as well. I did think about it, but think I’s drown in ARCs!
Personally I love doing the rounds of other book blogs to see what people are getting excited for 🙂
Lol it is a risk 😉 I love seeing what other bloggers are excited for too!
Lots of great resources here. I just started getting on some of the publisher mailing lists late last year and really love those.
This list is so good, Kristen! I love it when bloggers post about upcoming releases they are excited about, and of course, I don’t think I could live without NetGalley and Edelweiss 🙂
Thanks! I love it too, I always find more books!
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For someone like me who is always out of loop and get confused with the ARC and release dates, this post comes in so handy at the right time.
Glad I could help!
Awesome tips!! I always check out this site for upcoming releases: https://readingbookslikeaboss.com/book-releases/
Ooh thanks for the new site to check out!
Okay, so a lot of the ways you have mentioned are actually places I am avoiding because I am trying to cull my to read list and buy fewer books so I will be able to actually read the books I own first and foremost. The only way I am adding books to my list is through posts from bloggers and reviews! Which makes me happy because not only am I learning about new books but also backlist titles too.
Lol yeah they’re probably not good if you’re actively trying to avoid adding to your TBR, haha. But learning about new books from bloggers is great!
I probably get 99% of my information on upcoming releases from other bloggers–lots of them through Top Ten Tuesday posts. But I definitely get some from Edelweiss and random social media as well. 🙂
Other bloggers are so helpful lol.
I agree that these are all places to find out about new books. It used to be mostly from Goodreads and Amazon, but now I usually find out about new releases from other bloggers/vloggers and their Twitter accounts.
Same, I used to find most of my books from GR and Amazon, but it’s great finding more places to learn about books, especially other bloggers!
Netgalley! I stopped going there but I do enjoy knowing what’s coming up through them! Great advice Kristen!
It’s nice to know what’s coming out, even if you don’t request!
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I find out about upcoming books from book bloggers and authors I follow on Facebook. But I mainly have been reading older books. Right now I reading Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers that came out this year. I found out about because I follow her on facebook. I’m hoping to read either Pet Sematary or a book by Agatha Christie next.
Older books are great too!
Thanks for the tip on Edelweiss catalogs, I don’t use the site but had no idea those were hiding there!
Yep, lots of catalogs if you can figure out how to get to them lol. EW is confusing sometimes!
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