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Published: Thursday, Aug. 22 2013 6:51 p.m. MDT

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shamrock
Salt Lake City, UT

What a cranky and petulant approach to reading. Writers aren't factories, cranking out widgets, and there may be dozens of reasons why a writer doesn't or can't complete a series. To me, it makes a lot more sense to be thankful for all the terrific books out there, instead of grousing about the few that aren't.

Jane Hoagland
Ogden, UT

One of the risks to ending a book with multiple unanswered questions or with a "cliffhanger" scene is frustrating readers instead of creating anticipation for the next book. It is common for reader reviewers on Amazon to note "it ends with a cliffhanger" to forewarn other readers.
Other authors I have read skillfully wrap up the events of the current book, yet leave clear evidence that there is more to the story. When writers "finish what they start" with each book, they seem to have more satisfied readers willing to follow the series, often for many years. Two examples come to mind: Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series and Debora Geary's Modern Witch series.
When writers finish what they start, one book at a time, delays in publishing the next book are usually less of an issue.

Respectfully submitted,
Jane Hoagland

BYR
West Bountiful, UT

That is why I hope I never write a series. It seems everything written today is a series, in the vain attempt to attract and retain readers. I find such writing boring. Think of movie sequels. Most fail.

Brian Rogers
The Iron Writer

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