How much is Too much to revieal

Created over 3 years ago by J.L.Maynor with 8 comments
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18278952 10105531439962004 7699412381249820269 o Evan Graham · Author · edited about 3 years ago · 1 like
Matthew, you may be better served not by trying to show something from every character, but rather show a single excerpt that best shows the overall tone and style of the entire book. It may be more important to give people a decent-sized sample of your writing than to give them a bunch of small ones with little context linking them
Cam00323 Matthew Gladwin · Author · edited about 3 years ago · 1 like
I suppose it also depends on how the formatting is in your book. For something like mine, I have six different narrators in a first person perspective across six different time periods, so I want to give a taste of each one. I settled on the whole prologue, then 1/3 to 1/2 of a chapter for each of the other characters.

However, I have read multiple times that the first five pages should be enough to hook someone into your world or not, so I guess anything more than that is really a bonus. If you’ve got a good cliffhanger 4 chapters in, end there if you want.
18278952 10105531439962004 7699412381249820269 o Evan Graham · Author · edited about 3 years ago · 1 like
I’m having a fair amount of difficulty with this issue as well. My instinct is to play everything really close to the chest in terms of sharing the plot. I don’t really want the readers to know anything that happens after the first three chapters or so, because the plot of my book places an emphasis on exploration and discovery, and I want the audience to experience that organically as the characters do. There are some pretty significant plot twists throughout the story that I really don’t want to spoil for anyone.
But on the other hand...I kind of have to spoil some of them. I’m learning that you can’t drum up interest in a story without giving away some of its secrets. A plot summary with no twists is a plot summary with no hook.
There definitely needs to be a balance, but finding exactly where that balance should be is a tricky prospect. There are a few twists I know for a fact need to stay secret, and there are some I can probably give away. Too much plot and your readers think they’ve read the book already, not enough and they don’t see any reason to bother. It’d be great if there was a special formula to outline how much to reveal, but there doesn’t seem to be one way that works for every story.
Lxftacps Brian Marsden · Author · edited about 3 years ago · 1 like
I’m going to try something unusual. I’m going to try for a movie trailer type feel.

With movie trailers they give you a little bit of the character intro and then a tid-bit of the story and glimpses of the action involved. I want to do something like that.

I know when I pick a book, I look at the first few chapters but then I flip to somewhere in the middle to see if the writing /story stays interesting. Usually I’ll find a page with dialogue and read some to see if I care what they are talking about. If so, I flip a bit further and skim over some more.  Just enough to see if I still want to know what is going on.

I’m going to try that with my novel the Dead Wizard. I ’m going to post a chapter from the middle. Hopefully something that doesn’t give anything away, or spoil any previous scenes. In fact the chapter I’m thinking of doing is one that I dropped in a previous version of the story. But I want  to add it back to help give the world depth. One that will hopefully get the reader interested in what happened before and what happens after.

Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited about 3 years ago · 5 likes
I think that it’s best to share enough to demonstrate your writing chops, give a taste of your book’s tone, and to hook the reader, but no more. 
Depending on your story and writing style, this could be anywhere from 1-5 chapters. Very few people want to read more than that before they have the entire book in their hands. 
If you do want to share more, you can use it as an incentive/thank you for backers by emailing it directly to them. 
Dead dog screen size Erin Butler · Author · added about 3 years ago
It might not work for you - especially if plot points are given away - but I’m planning on delivering the opening paragraph of each chapter over time.  I won’t do that with the final chapter, but hopefully it’ll act as a nice bit of bait.
Self G. R. Paskoff · Author · edited about 3 years ago · 2 likes
I have to say I wrestled with that one myself, but it’s becoming a moot point since I have only two more weeks and I’m not even close to my sales goal. I think the answer comes down to how much you feel comfortable with and whether providing more chapters will generate more of a hook for potential backers. One strategy might be to leave off at a chapter with a suspenseful ending and to post regular updates on your writing progress to keep the story fresh in your followers’ minds. 
12291048 10153790724582363 8011111874179873263 o J.L.Maynor · Author · edited about 3 years ago · 3 likes
I am debating with myself on how much of my book would be too much to reveal to potential Backers, or even to the people who Have made a Pre-Order? 

I have the Prologue, and the first 3 chapters available to all to read right now. I have a bit over half the book currently done but not released on the books page here, I was just wondering, in you guys’s Opinion, How much of your book would you release to your Backers as a "Taste" and how much would you hold back ?