A Question and a complaint: Please weigh in…

I won’t mention the author in the complaint because she is talented and I have no wish to besmirch her. This is a complaint as both a reader and a writer. 
I’ve recently read a very good bookLET… it’s only about 60 pages long. It’s well written but it’s a cliffhanger. Just when it gets to be amazing… it ends. 
The next 3 installments of the “series” are all $2.99 for a total of $9 if I want to continue. That irritates me. In a store most paperback books range from $4.99- 6.99.
This seems to be a trend however and I read an article basically encouraging it.  I hate this! It’s a sales gimmick. I feel like when the author is good enough they don’t need to resort to such tactics.

If it’s a matter of getting the story up there and doling it out as a work in progress I’m fine with that but price it accordingly. When it’s done do your readers a service, re-release it as a completed book at a fair price.
If you’re splitting up a completed manuscript into 4 parts just to gouge your reader and pad your pocket… that’s dirty pool. 

That being said, I wrote a cliffhanger but it didn’t start out that way. During the edits I threw a plot twist in at the end. It’s 200 pages long and priced at a modest $1.99. The next book will be the same.

The complaint section is over… now for the question:

How do you feel about this practice? Am I the only one who feels this way?


Published by: Kawanee Hamilton

Kawanee was born in Alexandria Louisiana but her first real memories are of Russellville Arkansas. She's always loved to read, and has always had an vivid imagination. She grew up in a house where almost everyone read, they didn't need a TV although she could still be found planted on her butt in front of her grandma's TV watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. She made up her first story with her mother when her cat died; it was about where pets go when they die. She continued to create stories from bad dreams she had and her dad would help her change nightmares to stories. They would sit up in a chair until the scary went away. He told her that: "Dreams, good or bad, are just stories your mind makes up. You are the author of your dreams; if you don't like them rewrite them. " She was hooked and has continued to read and write stories drawing from dreams, sights and just pure imagination. She just recently decided she'd like to try and get published and fail than wonder what if. Her story continues but where it goes from here is up to you, the Reader... She hopes you'll join her in finding out where her journey goes from here!

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