Should I publish my review now, or wait until the publication date?

Many publishers will specify (in the approval notification email) when to publish your review – for instance, “please hold all reviews until one month before the publication date.” Or they may note a preference in their specific Approval Preferences (on their Browse Publishers page).


If the publisher hasn’t specified, then you’re free to publish your review whenever you’d like, although readers might find it more useful if you wait until the book is closer to publication. Keep in mind that most publicists want reviews and other coverage of books to happen just before or once the title is on-sale, so that anyone hearing about the title will be able to pre-order or purchase it right away.

If you are ONLY submitting a review or opinion to the publisher through NetGalley (and not posting your review publicly elsewhere), you can do that at any time – but remember that reviews submitted through NetGalley are visible to all members as of August 14th, 2017.

Reviews and Feedback

  1. How do I submit a review through NetGalley?
  2. Tips for writing reviews
  3. How can I share my Reviews on social networks?
  4. How can I share my Reviews on retail sites?
  5. What is the Feedback Ratio?
  6. How can I remove reviews I’ve shared on social networks?
  7. Can I see reviews from other NetGalley members?
  8. Are my reviews visible on NetGalley?
  9. What are Featured Reviews?
  10. How do I edit Feedback I've submitted?
  11. How do I post my review directly to Goodreads?
  12. Can I share Feedback for a title that has been archived by the publisher?
  13. How can I revoke social network access to my NetGalley account?
  14. How do the Star Ratings work?
  15. What do I put in the Notes section in Give Feedback?
  16. Am I allowed to post book cover images on NetGalley on my blog?
  17. Can I write a critical review?
  18. Should I publish my review now, or wait until the publication date?
  19. What should I put for "Add links" in my Review?
  20. I am a blogger/reviewer - what feedback do you recommend I send to the publisher?
  21. I am a librarian - what feedback do you recommend I send to the publisher?
  22. How can librarians (US only) nominate titles for the LibraryReads List?
  23. How can librarians (AU only) nominate titles for Librarians' Choice?
  24. I am a bookseller - what feedback do you recommend I send to the publisher?
  25. How can independent booksellers nominate titles for the Indie Next List?
  26. I am a member of the media - what feedback do you recommend I send to the publisher?
  27. I am an educator - what feedback do you recommend I send to the publisher?

Feedback and Knowledge Base