Wondering that because Agent X, who made the most generous R&R offer for CHERRY, had a problem with the ending of my book.
I think maybe you have to work on making this more impactful, building it up so that it’s really a sock in the gut when it ends. You don’t have to tie up all loose ends neatly, but the ending still needs to be satisfying (snip)
My emphasis there, and a really embarrassing admission: the first time I read that bolded part, my first thought was, REALLY, Agent X? Cuz I ain’t buying it.
Then I read her comments again. And again. And I started thinking, All right, kk, surely Agent X doesn’t mean ‘satisfying ending’ as in, ‘nice little wrap up,’ or ‘HEA.’ So what does she mean?
I have some ideas about novel endings. An ending needs to make sense when considered within the context of the story and characters. It needs to be plausible. It must . . . how can I put this? . . . carry the weight, maybe. In other words, it has to do the story and characters justice.
Don’t get me wrong–I don’t mind a satisfying ending. I just don’t require one. What I do require is an ending that fits the rest of the book, but maybe that’s what Agent X is telling me.
CHERRY can be an uncomfortable novel to read. It was an uncomfortable novel to write. There are scenes in that novel that still make me flinch. And during the months I wrote (and revised) the manuscript, I had to do some major soul-searching, deciding how far I wanted to take it; how far I was willing to go.
After careful consideration, I think Agent X is asking me do that again: think about the ending of CHERRY, ask myself those same questions. She believes I should take the ending further. She believes the story needs it. She won’t be satisfied with anything less.
Neither should I.