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Hugo Voter Packet Out Now, Signed THE RITHMATIST + Updates
In Brandon's Blog, May 21 2013 02:38 PM
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Emperor's Soul Sighted in the Wild!
If you do manage to get one, no spoilers on the forums on it, even in Cosmere Theories (for now, until the official sell date). We will probably make a special spoiler board for it soon, if you acquire it.
It seems that street dates aren't really hard-and-fast for small publishers, but buying it earlier may have a negative effect on its sales ranking. Brandon's assistant, Peter, said this about it:
Strict embargoes are only for big publishers, really. With everyone else, the bookstore puts it on the shelf when they receive it. Actually, even with big publishers, it only matters for big books. Alcatraz books typically showed up on shelves as many as 6 weeks early. And with Brandon's Tor books, they didn't get strict until Way of Kings.
Buying it early can hurt a book's ranking on bestseller charts, because initial sales are spread out over a few weeks instead of being all in one week. However, we don't know anything about the trade paperback fiction bestseller list, which we have never tried to compete on.
So, obviously, you should just buy one copy now and one in November.