I’m in final edits on Three of Swords, Precog in Peril #1. I mentioned a while back about pumping out 4500 words in one day and getting so involved in the story that I shot right past the end.
Last night, I contemplated where the end of the first book should be and came up with a doozy of a cliffhanger. But that raises the question of whether or not a reader will stay tuned for book two. Logically, I’d think their tongue would be hanging out for it, even as they cursed a blue streak at me.
Look at the serial movies in the early days of theater. Every week, the hero was placed in a dangerous situation and you weren’t told until the following week how he escaped it.
How about television shows? The ones that tell a season-long story always end on some kind of cliffhanger to entice you to return for the next season.
Books generally don’t do that, and I wonder why. Doesn’t it make sense to give something to the reader that makes them want and wait for the next book in the series? Just how cruel is it to end a book at the edge of a cliff? How much would you hate me if I didn’t wrap up everything nice and neat but left one mystery for the sequel?
I want your opinion! If you really hate cliffhanger endings, let me know. If you love to hate cliffhanger endings, I want to hear about it!