If you would like your book to be available for pre-order, it is important that a future on-sale date is used. This is what Ingram uses to determine when we begin printing any orders (the printing process begins 10 business days before the on-sale date is reached).
The publication date is used for metadata purposes only, and it should not affect a title’s availability for pre-order or pre-order status.
You may still see retailer websites list your title as available for ordering with no mention of pre-order at all. As long as your on-sale date is in the future, we are holding any orders, although a retailer may not acknowledge this. Ultimately, Ingram sends out the metadata feed to the retailers, but we cannot control how every retailer lists a title on their website.
*It is normal to see the pre-order status removed within the 10 days before the on-sale date, as Ingram has already started printing any existing orders.
We are happy to offer the on-sale date feature to our publishers, but we cannot make any guarantees how retailers will list titles. We can only guarantee that we will not print any orders until at least 10 days before the on-sale date.
*We use the on-sale date active at the time a title is placed into distribution. If you update this date after the title is in production/distribution, we are unable to guarantee pre-orders and will refer to the original on-sale date.