Like anyone who has grand dreams of one day having the public adore her latest mental ramblings set to a novel, I read a lot.
I mainly stay in the fantasy and paranormal areas of Kindle store, with a sprinkle of romance. Yes, even I need a little love as long as it includes some death and destruction along the way. Anyway, of course, I have my favorite authors; however, I always try to explore lesser-known authors. There is nothing better than discovering a new author to fall in love with.
To find new authors, I browse the bowels of the Kindle store, buy book bundles, and seek out recommendations from blogs. Lately, my search for a new author has led me to question the thought process of many authors who are going the whole online, self-publishing route.
Ready for the Rant?
In elementary school, many of us learned that stories have a beginning, middle, and end. This is a simple concept.
Beginning – Mary is a downtrodden Superhero whose only superpower is blowing fire out of her ass. Her world is falling apart because an Etiquette Empire is sending people to death for putting their elbows on tables, chewing with their mouths open, and farting in public.
Middle – Mary attempts to infiltrate the Etiquette Empire to copy their secret files that would reveal their web of operatives that are terrorizing the diners around the world by forcing them back into almost Victorian etiquette standards. Unfortunately, she is discovered during her infiltration and barely escapes with her super gas ass.
End – Mary discovers the Etiquette Empire is hosting a ball and business meeting for its operatives. She decides to crash the meeting, with her trusty cat. Together they manage to get into the ball, but Mary accidentally blows up the leaders of the organization and the organization’s mainframe because of a bad shrimp platter giving her the galactic level superhero gas. She has won.
Victory! Three cheers for Mary!
Lately, I have read too many stories that think they are being crafty by not actually ending their story, in the first book. I buy a book. I read the book. I expect the story to end; however, many authors seem to think story cliffhangers are okay for novels, beginning, middle, and no end. If I want the ending, I have to buy the next book.
Unless it is a Novella that is advertised as a sort-of episodic with an overarching storyline Kindle thing, don’t force your readers to buy another book to finish the story they already bought. Do you want readers to buy the second book? Write a good first one. There are always ways to set up a storyline that can include a second or even third book; however, chopping one story in half does not count.
Anyone else run into this problem?
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