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Submissions with unresolved plot points

My current WIP is a YA book that I've plotted out to be a trilogy. The first book is written (and revised) and comes in at 56k words, with parts two & three expected to be around the same length. As I intended this to play out over three books, I've left certain plot points partly unresolved with a view to them becoming the focus of the subsequent books. Would ending like this be off-putting to agents? I'm just about ready to start querying.

Asked by: Neil McGowan

  1. Adrian Sroka on November 28, 2019

    I fully agree with Jonathan.

    I am sure as readers we have wondered what becomes of characters at the end of a novel. For example an unresolved sub-plot. A looming threat. A possible romance. However, the main issue should be resolved. Did the protagonist achieve, partly achieve, or fail to achieve his aims at the end of your novel.

    I hope that helps.

  2. Neil McGowan on October 16, 2019

    Thanks Jonathan, the main plot is resolved, so looks like it's time to start submitting

  3. Jonathan Hopkins on October 15, 2019

    Most series writers, certainly those I've read, leave certain issues unresolved. I don't think that's a problem.

    Where it can be is if you leave the main thrust of the story hanging in mid-air. That sort of thing can leave a reader feeling short-changed, not recommended when you want them to be intrigued enough by the thought of what might follow to buy the next book.

    As long as the main story in this part ends, happily or otherwise, you should be fine, I'd have thought.


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