I've had some--let's call it constructively unflattering comments--regarding the ending of one of my novels. My initial responses ranged from sorry, take the book back, I'm listening-- to what didn't you appreciate about it? Then I got to thinking--just how important is an ending to a reader's overall impression of a book? When someone pays their hard earned cash for one of my stories, they have every right to express how they feel about what they just purchased. So after thinking a little bit about it, I decided their opinions regarding how a novel concludes are important, very important in fact, both the good and the unflattering. I go to a movie that I end up not enjoying--hell yes, I'm going to be somewhat chagrined. So back to my question--how important are endings? Here's an example. I read Steig Larson's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and thought the story was pretty incredible--well written, nice plot twists, characters you cared for. But that ending! I hated it. In fact I recently rented the movie and thought the ending in the movie version was much more satisfactory. Yet, I still thought the book was better overall.
Here's the basic question to readers then--if everything about a novel--the plot, characters, book cover, etc--are satisfying but the ending leaves you cold, would you recommend the book to others? I think I'll end it here!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
A week has passed since I released BARBARY POINT. The good news is the book has sold some--some being relative. My realistic goal was to sell one a day and I've done that. Now I will try to extend that for an entire month. So by June 13th, I want to have 30 sales under my belt. I do have a plan for my indie publishing attempt. BARBARY POINT was released in May/11 and for the next three months I would like to release a book a month. Tentatively the schedule will be GARGOYLES in June, THE UNNATURAL in July, and in August RETRUN TO UNDERLAND, my children's story. This is doable, though the formatting issues are proving quite a challenge. We'll see. Regarding my blog, the good news is I'm at least posting. The bad news is I have absolutely no followers. But I have a plan in print so I had better follow it. Time to get back to formatting and editing GARGOYLES. You know each time I read this story, I realize it is pretty decent--it should get a few readers. In this business, though, nothing is absolute--except death and rejection letters.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
BARBARY POINT is now up on Amazon. http://amzn.to/jwaVbN Also on sale in the UK and germany too. And I don't even know any german--eins, swei..well, maybe a little. The new release went live early this am and I have a whopping one sale. Hey, that beats zero--right. So what do I think of this indie author business so far? Tell you one thing--beats the hell out of the reams of rejection letters I was receiving. Was thinking about stuffing them all down in a heavy boxing bag and working out a bit but when I saw how damn big the bag was, I was afarid I might break a hand. Well, back to work on my THE LEARNER story and HEMLOCK POND needs some editing too. Damn, this process never ends.