Spoiling the Writer’s Work

I hate spoilers. For those of you who follow my not-so-authory blog, I have already spoken on my loathing of spoilers once, and you’ll have to forgive my revisiting the topic. However, I do have a very different reason for the spoiler anger this time.

For The Tethering, I worked no less than a year on the original writing. Then after the slog of finding a publisher, I had to go through four months of edits with my editor. And that’s not to mention the hours upon hours I forced my husband to sit and edit with me before submission (giggidy). All that is just to say that getting a book ready to put into the hands of the readers is a butt load of work.

And why did I do all this work? I didn’t do it because I thought it would be an easy way to pass the time. It wasn’t for the money. I could have used those hours working as a GoGo dancer and made significantly more cash. I spent all those hours fretting myself into an early grave over every single “instantly” and “without warning” to make sure they were perfect because I want to give the readers a wonderful experience. I want the readers to feel invested in my characters. To be afraid that horrible things may happen to them and to shudder when things start to go terribly wrong.

And if someone tells them how the book ends, that ruins it. It discounts all of the work that I did, that my husband supported, and that my editor spent hours honing. It also damages the experience for the readers, who have invested their time and money into enjoying my book.

Please don’t tell me who dies at the end of the book, or on the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Please don’t say, “Oh, you’re going to love the part where…” If my publisher wanted you to know what was going to happen in chapter twelve, they would have included it in the book blurb.

When something awesome or unexpected happens in a book or a show, I can understand the urge to share. And that is a huge compliment to the author. We wowed you so much that you can’t keep it in anymore. That’s great. But please don’t ruin the wow for someone else. You only get to find out what happens next once. Don’t ruin the thrill of discovery. It’s why we read. It’s why I write. And I believe it is an experience worth preserving.

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