Promoting an All Spoiler Book: Can It Be Done?

Buzz and Woody

Buzz and Woody

Not really sure where to go with this post because it kind of speaks for itself.  I’m having a real problem finding a way to promote Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb.  This book would reveal the finale for Legends of Windemere: The Spirit Well and what is going on with one of the characters.  Then again, I’ll have to do the same in the blurb that I’ll be testing next month.

This really feels like a lose/lose situation.  I have to blurb and promote the book, but people get so touchy about spoilers these days.  Maybe there’s some cushion since people will know what happened, but not how.  As long as they care about the how.  That’s something that an author can’t entirely control.  Needless to say, I’ve been wracking my brain and running in circles.  At least the 14th and 15th books don’t have this problem to this extent.  You kind of know that the finale will be a fight against the Baron and the 14th book follows an essential side adventure that needs to happen before the finale.  Not going into details since that isn’t what this post is about.

My concern is that I’ll share too much and people won’t bother with The Spirit Well or Ritual of the Lost Lamb.  This is why I’m kind of happy that all future series won’t have this type of adventure.  The books are connected, but rather self-contained.  For example, Book 1 of War of Nightfall has the Dawn Fangs first appearing and the second has the revelation of another difference between them and the original vampires.  You can read the blurb and teasers for the second book without spoiling the first.  This continues throughout the series.  Live and learn, I guess.  Funny how Legends of Windemere is so close to my heart, but can be such a pain in my ass.

So, what do you do about books that hold so many spoilers?  How do you promote?  Do you just take the bullet?  What do you think as a reader?  Do you give the author some leeway if it’s a later book of a series?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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17 Responses to Promoting an All Spoiler Book: Can It Be Done?

  1. I don’t have that many spoilers so I haven’t had to face your problem. I imagine it is one pain, though. Tell too little and no interest. Tell too much and you have fan revolt on your hands.

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    • That ‘more below’ line helps out a lot, but it doesn’t show up on all readers and emails. Part of me wants to just throw caution to the wind and act like I did in the early days. Lay it all out there and hope people are still interested. I’m currently prepping posts for April (when I’m not kid wrangling this week) and it’s all hype for the next Windemere book. It’s insanely worse than any of the others and even the blurb has unavoidable spoilers.

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  2. I’ve never had the problem. Maybe snoop other series on Amazon and see how they blurbed them. I’d be more inclined to throw caution to the wind, but you have to decide how to handle it.

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  3. L. Marie says:

    That’s a tough one. Seems like all you can do is remind people that this is the next book in the series and give a spoiler warning. If I know an author is writing about book nine in a series, I try to avoid looking at content that will spoil the book until I can catch up to that book. But I wouldn’t fault an author for mentioning spoilers. That’s only natural when you’re several books into a series.

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    • That’s where the problem really comes into play. People who are behind will avoid the hype and promos. So, they won’t even share out of fear of seeing too much. This reduces the author’s support structure and makes it more difficult to sell the book. If it keeps building up then an author might have to quit before the series is done. Totally worst case scenario, but I’ve seen it happen once or twice.

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  4. spritzyclover says:

    I agree with coldhand, I think that it might be a good idea to “snoop other series” (snoop is now being replaced in my acceptable-vocaublary list.)
    Maybe go about it the way of keeping it short and simple. State the general synopsis of the plot (“so we see so and so has come this far”) and then use the words, “The Stunning finale.” etc. perhaps? Just a thunk. (stunning is a good word, it always feels like a bass-thump in my chest–except in my head.)
    Good luck! This sounds frustrating beyond belief.

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    • Thanks. I’ve been trying to keep the same blurb structure, but I’ll play around with this. Although, this isn’t the finale. 😉 The big problem is that the ending of the last book is what triggered this one, which is fixing up the ‘damage’. It comes out empty and dull if I pussyfoot around the whole thing.

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  5. I guess it’s like what they call “vaguebooking.” You know, when someone posts “I’m so upset” on Facebook but they don’t say why? You can say something like, “the loss of a dear friend leaves Our Heroes reeling,” without saying who or how.

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    • I’ll see how that works. Although, I’ve seen a lot of backlash toward ‘vaguebooking’ (thanks for teaching me that term). Doubt it would go that way for a book blurb though. The longer ones for promo sites are going to be even tougher. Honestly, I brought this mess on myself. Live and learn.

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  6. Bookwraiths says:

    It can be done, but it is difficult. Michael J. Sullivan does a good job of keeping all the surprises hidden in his RIYRIA REVELATION series, yet still having interesting blurbs.

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    • Judging by the April posts, I think I’ve given up on some of it. There will be plenty of surprises and twists, but I learned something from the few people who read early. If it goes dark then I need to reveal a little of that.

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  7. zombiephreak says:

    Rosebud’s the sled. Lolz!

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