Including an Appendix?
I've been developing one for my own book that has little bios and stat sheets for characters as well as character artwork, detailed notes on various races, or world aspects, or how my magic functions. I'd like to include this in parts and add to as the story progresses (so as not to give away major spoilers).
How would you handle this? Right now I've got a chapter titled "Appendix: Characters" and I keep dragging it to the bottom as a new chapter is released and adding an update line to the pre- author note when something gets added. I noticed, though, that since I started doing this the comments on new chapters released has dried up. I'm assuming this means that people read the book up to the Appendix, then when I keep dragging it to the bottom, their RR progress says they are all caught up and they aren't seeing the new chapters. :(
I hesitate to put it at the beginning since it would spoil a ton of stuff for new readers and current readers wouldn't go back to it. Should I create a "new book" as a companion book for it and make updates there and link to it from my chapter author notes?
you should be able to shuffle your chapters around. You can constantly move it to the position of being the last chapter that way. Or just put a warning that clicking the link will put you through to a page with spoilers (don't do it if you are a new reader) etc
Oskatat Wrote: you should be able to shuffle your chapters around. You can constantly move it to the position of being the last chapter that way. Or just put a warning that clicking the link will put you through to a page with spoilers (don't do it if you are a new reader) etc
Yeah, this is what I'm doing now. But I'm starting to suspect that the practice is throwing off the progress tracking for my readers.
I read chapter 10
next is the Appendix and I read that, it's last
chapter 11 is published
author moves Appendix to last again
RR thinks I'm all caught up since my progress marker is on the last chapter item.
At least this is my guess. So I'm wondering if anyone else has tried something like this and what their exp was.
Personally, I'd put it all in a single appendix chapter at the beginning. Most people will ignore and skip it, but they'll have seen it, know it's there, and be able to go back to check it at their leisure.
You can still update it and add to it. Just use spoiler tags to divide it up. That way you can make it into a massive wall of text that doesn't look like an intimidating wall of text.