Von was just minding her own business, going to the break room at our job when she was accosted by one of our readers. She'd just finished reading our third book and demanded to know what would happen next. She begged and begged, promising to buy our next book, she just had to have the answer. Like we always do, Von told her she would have to wait until the next book is out.
We've been bribed, extorted and threatened by
readers/coworkers who after reading the ending of one book, wants to
know how the cliffhanger is going to be resolved in the next. I think
it's one thing as authors we've gotten right. Every one of our books end
with bait to get the reader to buy the next one.
If you're an
author with one off books with unconnected stories it won't work. But
if you're planning a series you may want to give your readers extra
incentive to come back. A cliffhanger doesn't have to be the damsel in
distress tied to the railroad tracks. It could be as simple as will they
or won't they get together, which of the characters is hiding a
pregnancy, or what's in the briefcase the villain has been carrying
Whatever you decide, don't be shocked if your readers get confrontational and want to know what happens next.