I would be very interested to hear your views. Do you use them or not; and, either way, what are your reasons.
exactly that. the films are standalone - but you want to know what happens next.BuckarooBanzai said:I think 'Star Wars' did it rather well as it ended one major plot, but hinted that things were not over.
Here in the UK, we have a popular TV series (Peaky Blinders) that always ends on a cliffhanger, esp at the end of each series. Fans, apparently wish they wouldn't do that but nevertheless, we are all dying for the next one to come out.Nicole Simon said:if it looks like a cashgrab, I believe readers will treat it as such - leave bad reviews as well.
I think this is key - letting readers know what to expect. Being up front about what you're selling can go a long way toward tempering disappointed expectations.Lorri Moulton [Lavender Lass Books] said:ETA: I think you can look at a story like a movie, a mini-series, or a TV series. Decide how you want to market it and let readers know what to expect.
I wonder if this isn't more a problem with the blurb, then? I find this interesting because I often see people saying that in the case of a series, you have to advertise the series as a whole and point to the first book. But that, it seems to me, would create precisely the situation you describe, building anticipation for something that will actually happen over the course of the whole series rather than just that one book?Nicole Simon said:exactly that. the films are standalone - but you want to know what happens next.
What people hate imo is when the book promises to be one thing (a love story, a heist whatever) and then the main thing is not resolved but instead it says "wanna find out what you thougth would be in this book? buy the next!"
if it looks like a cashgrab, I believe readers will treat it as such - leave bad reviews as well.