So I'm getting to the end of revisions (finally! hopefully! we'll see soon!) and one of the things my CPs have said, were that it ends really abruptly.
I know I tend to do this, whether its scenes, chapters, and I guess now endings. I like to allow the reader to speculate on their own what will happen next, and not have to give them all the boring details of everything. But I understand that it wasn't seeming like that; it was seeming unresolved; and the readers needed closure.
So that's not good.
I liked my ending because it wasn't a cliffhanger, but it did allow for sequels if I ever felt inclined to write them. (The whole standalone with potential for a sequel thing. But that's what exactly I wanted: potential. Not too obvious, because it seemed like agents rather have series "potential" than an actual series).
So I have to do something about my ending. I was thinking epilogue. Now I know agents don't like prologues, but what are everyone's feelings on epilogues? And what constitutes an actual epilogue rather than just another chapter? I remember reading a few books that had epilogues that just seemed like another chapter, and I didn't really understand the difference.
My epilogue jumps to a few days later, and kind of resolves the outstanding logistical and emotional questions, but the big problem has already been resolved. The denouement I guess? Maybe a little after the denouement? I don't really know.
So what are everyone's opinions of epilogues?