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Sold 5ooth Kindle book for profit today. 🙂 Yeah, it’s up in the few 1000s if you include free promo copies and lending copies, but I’m not. 🙂 So…woooo! That’s a milestone or something. I guess the next milestone is 1000 copies sold for profit. Maybe I’ll get there in another 6 months.
I’ve been doing this for ~8 months, but sales didn’t really pick up (at all) until December. So a nice 6 month run so far.
Maybe when I get to 1000 I’ll do some kind of promo giveaway/swag thing.
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Check it out! Book 2 in the Wastes Series.
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I’ve been reading a few Kindle forums (slap myself on the wrist, stop that Darcy!) and there are some readers who get irked by the existence of book ending cliffhangers. As if it is a personal affront to their entitled readerness or something. I can only understand the grumpy mood if say…the author dies and doesn’t finish. That would be…well disheartening.
But why are cliffhangers acceptable in shows (hello season finale, always a cliffhanger), movies (typically those that are trilogies), but not books? If you’re writing action/adventure, as I tend to do, there isn’t necessarily a point you can cut off that doesn’t leave some sort of cliffhanger for a reader. It just doesn’t make sense for everything to slow down to a nice ho-hum pace so that there can be a “conclusion” that makes a reader feel warm and happy. I call epic bullshit on anyone that needs that shit to enjoy a book. I will mail you epic bullshit badges.
One book pops to the forefront of my mind in regards to cliffhangers: The Golden Compass (Northern Lights in Britain I believe). That was not an ending that wrapped shit up. That ending was a book ramping up to full trilogy-rad-tasticness and I LOVED it. To end that story on a “conclusion” would have stolen the momentum it had been building, it would have taken away the rush of emotion as we are left wanting more. I like being left wanting more!
So what’s wrong with being left wanting more? What’s wrong with a writer pulling you in for a multi-book roller coaster? I’ve actually seen complaints where a reader goes on to remark about how they have to read the rest of the books to get a conclusion. Like that’s a bad thing.
…are you fucking kidding me? Could you have read just one of the Harry Potters, or just one book of Lord of the Rings? Should JK Rowling have put the whole story all in one book so that you didn’t have to wait until the rest of them came out? I don’t know if that reader is spoiled or just on crack.
Authors do not owe readers a tight wrapped story in a one book bundle. They owe them a good story, but whether that happens in 1 book or 5 books or 10 books, that is up to the author.
So anyone critiquing any story for cliffhangers also earns themselves an epic bullshit badge.