How much of my story should I reveal?

Created over 1 year ago by Chris Picone with 3 comments
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18278952 10105531439962004 7699412381249820269 o Evan Graham · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Don’t share more of your book than you need to. You want people to know exactly enough about it to be interested in your concept and characters, but if you show them too much, they’ll feel like they’ve already read the book and won’t feel a need to buy it. If your book has 13 chapters, I don’t recommend showing more than the first three, and not all at once. Rather than releasing one every week, release them as incentives for reaching certain pre-order goals:" Chapter 1 is up now, and if we hit 50 pre-orders, I’ll release Chapter 2!" That gives the incentive you’re looking for. You want people to feel like they have to earn more content from you; if you give it away, they won’t feel like it’s worth as much.
What you can do to help establish your brand and show off your storytelling without actually giving up book content is to release updates that talk about the world or characters of your story. Send out bios for each of your main characters, highlight interesting portions of the world of your story, etc. I had quite a bit of success with this.
Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 2 likes
Chris - while you certainly can reveal the entire story, I think you’d be better served to hold back the juicy bits. I wouldn’t post more than half, and probably only the first third. People who are browsing (or even your friends you refer here) aren’t likely to read more than the first chapter before they make their decision, and your family won’t need to read it at all because they’re supporting You, not the book, technically.

I posted 6 chapters of my first book, Fae Child, but I don’t think more than a handful of people actually read all that material. I could have probably stopped at the first three. I definitely wouldn’t post more than that. Why buy the cow if the whole animal is online for free? ;)
Pic222 Chris Picone · Author · added over 1 year ago

Sorry I seem to be hogging the forum at the moment but I’m full of questions and I thought if I want to know the answer there must be other authors who want to know too.

My fantasy novel Kanimbla consists of 13 chapters, plus prologue and epilogue.  I had planned on teasing the whole story out a chapter or two a week over the 90 day funding period, but then thought - maybe I’m better off only posting the first few chapters and leaving the rest a mystery?

But on the other hand I expect the imprints and other larger organisations would want a clearer picture on what it is they’re backing, so having the whole story uploaded to Inkshares may be preferable.