Tuesday, February 5, 2013

TEASER TUESDAY {2/5}: Cliffhangers

Instead of sharing a snippet from one of my books I thought I'd take the day to discuss the ultimate teaser: the cliffhanger ending! Dum, dum, dum....

Okay, so in the process of editing my novel, The Georgia Corbins, I was asked to add some stuff to fill out the plot, add to the characters, and create more tension. Well, I went a little overboard and now I'm faced with the decision to cut almost 15,000 words, or end the story sooner and everything I cut can be used in books 2 and 3, which I had already planned to write.

My editor and I shared a few ideas on where we thought the book could end. I was excited to end it at one point that was a wicked cliffhanger, that would leave the reader gasping and screaming for more. My editor, however, thought it'd be better to end it on not such a high cliff, at a place where the reader would be satisfied, but would also know that the story wasn't over.

So, I turn to you, my fans, friends, family, fellow authors, and bloggers. What are your thoughts on cliffhangers? Do you like them? Hate them? If you know a book has a cliffhanger ending will you still read it and impatiently wait for the next one? Or will you just wait until all the books are out so that you don't have to wait? Or do you refuse to read books with cliffhangers?